Pakistan lags behind in reproductive healthBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7172.1546a (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1546
- Claire Wallerstein
New figures illustrate how discrimination starts from birth for women in Pakistan, where mortality among children aged under 4 is 66% higher in girls than in boys.
A recent seminar on population development in Karachi found that large swaths of Pakistani society still attach enormous importance to the wellbeing of their male children while considering daughters to be a shameful burden.
Delegates at the follow up to the 1994 international conference on population development in Cairo were told that Pakistan could soon suffer serious …