Family planning (FP) is urgently needed in Pakistan but progress remains slow. In its 2002 Population Policy, the country pledged to reduce its total fertility rate to 2.2 by 2020; at the London Summit in 2012, it further committed to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) to 55 percent by the same year. Despite some important achievements, Pakistan’s […]

Meeting Report

Male engagement in family planning is widely recognized as an important programmatic component. It is especially relevant in countries like Pakistan where fertility rates remain high and family planning use is low due to a host of factors that include gender inequality and men’s dominant role in family decisionmaking. The Population Council Pakistan, as part of the […]


Social accountability refers to the efforts of citizens and civil society to scrutinize and hold duty bearers (politicians, government officials, and service providers) to account for providing mandated services, most often at the sub-national or community levels. Social accountability is based on the assumption that increased and targeted citizen and civil society engagement and action […]


In 2008, the Government of India launched the National Health Insurance program, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), to enable families living below the poverty line in urban and rural areas to access a range of private health services. Enrolled families can avail pre-specified packages of services from RSBY participating private hospitals, including for family planning […]