World Population Day Celebrated, Tremendous Progress Recognised | Lao Tribune

World Population Day Celebrated, Tremendous Progress Recognised

(KPL) Maternal Deaths dropped more than five times, now there are almost 2,500 midwives and most of them are deployed in rural and hard-to-reach areas of Laos – tremendous progress we have seen since the 1st International Conference on Population and Development.

The statement was made by Ms Khamchanh Vongsaenboun, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment at the celebration of World Population Day 2019 held on Jul 11 in Vientiane Capital.

The World Population Day 2019 is being celebrated by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the United Nations Population Fund � UNFPA – under the theme Unfinished Business- the pursuit of rights and choices for all.

Laos was one of three countries with the fastest reduction in maternal deaths. In 1990, 1,100 mothers died while giving births, whereas, in 2015 it decreased to 206 per 100,000 live births, said Ms Mariam A. Khan, UNFPA Representative to Laos.

In 2009, the Lao Midwifery Programme was launched and now over 1,800 skilled midwives are deployed in the country. Midwives are trained to provide sexual reproductive health and family planning services as well as assist in childbirth.

In 2000, unmet need for contraceptives among married women was almost 40%. By 2017 it decreased to 14 per cent.

Twenty five years ago, world leaders from 179 countries gathered in Cairo to discuss population and development in the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

Whereas earlier, the focus was on numbers based population growth, ICPD made a monumental shift by placing reproductive health and rights of women and girls and the well-being of the population at the centre of the population and development agenda.

Source: Lao News Agency