Young people constitute the majority of Pakistan’s population. 55% of the population is under 25 years of age, 60% of the country’s population is in the reproductive age group of 15-45 years.
in under 25 years of age
teenage mothers are under the age of 18 years
women have an unmet need for contracepation
Despite the statistics, the low levels of Reproductive Health knowledge among young people and lack of access to services are reflected in the health related issues, including low contraceptive prevalence rates (overall 35% and 23% for teenage mothers under the age of 18 years) and high unmet need (3.3 million women have an unmet need for contraception).These issues result in teenage pregnancies, a very high infant mortality rate as well as maternal mortality rate, and a high rate of unsafe
abortions, child marriages and gender-based violence. There is also need for young people to develop effective advocacy platforms and be capacitated to raise their voice effectively for their rights. Increased utilization of reproductive health services by young people including the transgender community and people living with disabilities will result in decrease in population growth rate, lower prevalence of epidemic diseases such as HIV and AIDS and reduction in stigma and discrimination along with reduction of all forms of violence stemming out of it.