With ‘World Population Day’ being observed on July 11 across the globe with plethora of events to sensitize people on the burgeoning population issues, it’s saddening to infer that Indian population will surpass China in another few years. According to sources, China’s population is around 1.42 billion followed by India with 1.32 billion while US has around 324 million.
Keeping in view of rapid population explosion, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in the year 1989 recommended that July 11 every year should be observed by the community globally as World Population Day. And the objective is to raise awareness among public and to find out solutions to combat with the population issues.
Notably, Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme is striving to give more attention towards the reproductive health problems of the community as it is considered to be the leading cause of the ill health as well as the death of the pregnant women worldwide. It has been distinguished that around 800 women are dying daily in the procedure of giving birth to a baby. The campaign of the World Population Day every year increases the knowledge and skills of the people worldwide towards their reproductive health and family planning.
Quite interestingly, World Population Day is observed to protect and empower youth of both gender besides offering them detailed knowledge about the sexuality and delayed marriages thereby making them understand their responsibilities. Yet another valid point is to educate youth to avoid unwanted pregnancies by using reasonable and youth friendly measures and educating people to remove the gender stereotypes from society.
Moreover, the day is also to sensitise them about the pregnancy related illnesses and to raise public awareness about dangers of early child birth and educated them about STD (sexually transmitted diseases) to get prevented from various infections. And to make sure the easy access of reproductive health services everywhere as part of basic primary health for each couple.