Adolescents to have Accurate Information regarding their Health

QUETTA:,,, Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and appreciating their contributions towards the development of a family. The day celebrates the paternal bonds, and fathers contributions in society. Father’s Day is celebrated in Pakistan every third Sunday of June.

Speaking at the occasion Provincial Health Minister Health Rehmat Baloch reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring health services for young people recognizing the difficulties faced by young people when dealing with such issues.

He expressed these views at a roundtable conference Organised by Rutgers WPF, Pakistan in collaboration with PIDS and Kind Welfare Organization organized on responsible fatherhood under the ‘Green Ribbon Campaign’.

The participants included community fathers, young people, and representatives of government, civil society and media.

Sardar Mohammad Raza Barech Khan Advisor on Education to Chief Minister Balochistan said: such issues are culturally sensitive and it is important that interventions should be contextualized and adapted to the local needs.

Afzal Suneri Director Youth Affairs Baluchistan said, such health programs especially counselling and services need to be incorporated into existing mechanisms designed for youth such as career counselling and sports.

Last year Rutgers WPF, Pakistan launched an initiative “Green Ribbon Campaign: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood” across Pakistan. The campaign promotes active involvement of fathers and their responsibility for care and upbringing of children.

“The campaign aims to transforming rigid perception of our society where men are generally expected to be only providers and breadwinners while women and girls are generally expected to give care for children and be chiefly responsible for reproductive aspects of family life.” said Mr. Qadeer Baig – Country Representative, Rutgers WPF.

The roundtable conference aims to provide a platform to instigate discourse issues of the youth, and the role of Fathers towards their Children’s education and health. The dialogue highlighted the issues that adolescents face related to their emotional, mental and physical health and the lack of right information and the risks associated with unreliable information sources.

Various literature on Youth Friendly Services by International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) and World Health Organization (WHO) guides lay stress on the need to involve community members especially parents in such interventions.

Similar dialogues will be held in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. The objective of these dialogues is to engage fathers, youth and other stakeholders to highlight health issues adolescents’ face while growing-up. The lack of right information and the risks associated with unreliable information sources may lead to adverse health effects. Fathers are the decision makers in a household through them a community level change can be expected whereas the contributions of policy makers will initiate a policy reforms required to ensure a youth health including their mental, physical and psychological well-being.

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