“The right to good health is emerging as a global priority, but we need a shift in strategy as well as attitude towards humaneness and gender-sensitivity,” said Sujatha Rao, secretary of the union ministry of health and family welfare.
She was delivering the keynote address at the 52nd convocation of the International Institute for Population Sciences in Deonar.
“The new population policy is an attempt to integrate diverse objectives under the broad umbrella of population and reproductive health programmes,” said Rao.
“The long-term objective is to achieve a stabilised population by 2045, at a level consistent with the requirements of sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental protection.”
She also spoke on the importance of addressing the youth. “These young people face significant risks related to sexual and reproductive health… they need to be informed of the sexual and reproductive health choices.”
R.A. Badwe, director of Tata Memorial Centre, and the chief guest at the convocation, also spoke on the occasion.