Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan - 2016 Nominee
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Visionary Foundation Pakistan
Mr. Rashid Khan is genuinely a young and emerging leader in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning in a relatively conservative society of Pakistan. He is reaching most vulnerable segments of society with innovative approach. – Razia -, Vice President at Visionary Foundation Pakistan
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my point of view my biggest achievement was to engaged more than 20 organizations working for Person with Disabilities through "First Karachi Symposium on Disability and SRHR as well as to contribute the launch of First Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) on SRH. These were first of its kind efforts to discuss Family Planning and SRH Issues of Person with Disabilities in Pakistan.
My Second biggest contribution in the area of SRH and Family Planning is to put efforts to include the SRHR and LSBE Section in the "Final Draft of Sindh Youth Policy 2016" of Sindh Govt. I initiated an alliance on Sindh Youth Policy in which more than 26 civil society organizations voiced to include the necessary amendments in the policy. Now the policy has been tabled to Chief Minister Sindh for necessary action.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

It was personal at first that triggered me to work on the family planning. When we have our Third Baby (my wife already had 2 C-Sections), After operation surgeon came to me and said "Now what's your program?" I said what Program? She said "If you go for another baby then there is a high possibility to lost your wife."It was shocking news for me and i don't want to lose Love of my Life. I asked for a remedy and it
was Family Planning that saved my wife's life and now I want the same for others.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

People often mis interpret the religious teaching and mixed with the right of choice over someone's live. Increasing religious intolerance, non availability of youth friendly health services and lack of education are the major challenges in Family Planning Efforts.
I sensitized religious community leaders as well as inclusion of LSBE in Sindh Youth Policy Draft and holding youth well being camps are some initiatives that I took to overcome these challenges.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Pakistan is 6th largest country which has the youngest population in the world and it is alarming in respect of population growth rate, tackling mother and child health issues, controlling mother mortality rate and child mortality rate are some of the biggest challenges in Family Planning. Now it's time to declare the health emergency and work on the war fotting basis to control and overcome these challenges. An effective civil society movement is needed to push national govt to act upon it.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

My biggest dream is that each and every young person has a right of choice and has access to quality youth friendly health services on affordable cost. Every one get the family planning services with out any discrimination and judgments. I also want to accomplish to develop an inclusive approach at every level of family planning services so people wirh disabilities and other marginalized groups can also get the quality services.

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