- Reproductive health
- Gender based violence
- Youth empowerment
- Data for development
Reproductive health: Through policy advocacy and capacity development, UNFPA collaborates with stakeholders to support government in improving maternal health and ensuring universal access to reproductive health (RH) with a focus on family planning. As the lead UN organization for the implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, UNFPA also supports federal and provincial governments to develop health policies and plans that promote universal access to RH (including in humanitarian settings) by providing an integrated essential sexual and reproductive health package of maternal health care, family planning and sexually transmitted infections prevention, including HIV services.
Gender-based violence: UNFPA supports federal and provincial governments to address barriers to the delivery of quality gender-based violence (GBV) services through the public health delivery system. In collaboration with provincial departments of health and other stakeholders, UNFPA contributes to capacity development in the health system to respond to GBV as part of an integrated core set of sexual and RH services, including in disaster situations. In the UN humanitarian response, UNFPA leads the GBV sub-cluster of the Protection Cluster.
Youth empowerment: Partnering with Government, youth organizations and other UN entities, UNFPA assists in the development and implementation of youth policies and programmes to secure the health, development and rights of adolescents and youth. UNFPA supports the empowerment of young people in Pakistan through strengthening health departments to provide integrated sexual and RH information and services to address early marriage and early pregnancies, and ensuring that the most marginalised segments of newlyweds have access to information on sexual and RH information and services, including counselling.
Data for development: UNFPA plays a lead role in supporting the Government in population data and evidence-based research. This support includes strengthening national capacity of the Government statistical and planning agencies and research institution capacity to adopt international best practices and the highest ethical and quality standards that can support policy makers in evidence-based policy formulation. In collaboration with other UN agencies and international donors, UNFPA is partnering with the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to conduct the forthcoming census of Pakistan. The institutional capacity of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has been enhanced by setting up seven state-of-the-art geographic information systems laboratories and three data processing centres that will ensure data accuracy in the proper estimation of populations in each census block.
Dr. Hassan Mohtashami, UNFPA Representative
Dr. Mohtashami is a medical doctor with specialty in psychiatry and post-graduate training in Population Leadership with over 24 years of management experience. Prior to joining UNFPA in 2004, he served in his home country Iran and held different positions as District Health Director, World Bank Project Manager, CEO of the National Family Planning Association and in Afghanistan as WHO Reproductive Health Advisor.
Prior to his arrival in Islamabad in January 2016 to take his new post, he held posts of Country Representative in Laos, Deputy Representative in Sudan & Uganda and Representative in Swaziland.