World Population Day
Nearly 800 women die every day in the process of giving life.
About 1.8 billion young people are entering their reproductive years, often without the knowledge, skills and services they need to protect themselves.
Almost 222 million women who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy lack access to effective family planning.
Reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide.
The World Population Day is observed on July 11 every year to raise the awareness of people about global population issues. This year’s World Population Day, focuses on the theme of “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.”
Maternal and child health has been Asha’s top priorities since its inception in 1989. Nearly 100% of expectant mothers in Asha slums had at least 3 antenatal checks during pregnancy. 98% had skilled attendants during their delivery, either in a hospital or by a trained birth attendant. These services contributed to the fantastic result of having no maternal mortality in Asha slums this year!
Over 24 years of sustained work towards empowerment of women and children have today resulted in well informed and active advocacy groups (Asha’s Women’s, Youth and Children’s Groups) that educate their peers in the community about issues like adolescent health, family planning, contraceptives and spacing methods and antenatal care. Asha’s community health volunteers (CHVs) also hold regular public meetings with the community to educate them on various health issues. The result has been healthy communities where majority of people are much aware about these issues.
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