Make Positive Noise About Family Planning Issues- UN

Everyone wherever in the world should make positive noise about family planning in order to reduce maternal and new born deaths.

This is the message Helen Clark, the Administrator of United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) delivered at the 3rd global conference on women and girls organised by Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Clark said the issue of maternal and new born deaths, as well as other reproductive health and rights issues, are so crucial that everyone must get concerned.

She said each delegate should go back and make governments and other stakeholders aware that these issues need to be prioritised.

Clark, who said the UNDP supports life-saving issues, told journalists from across the world that if governments fail to take the matter seriously the people should make noise and demand for action.

The UNDP chief said where successes have been achieved, the momentum should not be relaxed in order to avoid regression, adding that the battle is far from over.

Concerns are being raised on whether governments may renege on promises they made in London in 2012 to support and fund family planning activities in order to reduce maternal and new born deaths.

Uganda is among countries that made strong commitments to that effect, including pledging billions of shillings towards family planning programmes like increasing access to contraceptives and greater youth involvement.

Tarja Halonen, the former President of Finland, said women and girls’ issues should be at the centre of global plans on economic growth, social justice and environmental and sustainable development.

Dr Fred Sai, a former adviser to the Ghanaian government on reproductive health and HIV, says maternal and new born issues must be drummed up and repeated until action is taken. He said like Christians and Muslems do not tire mention God’s name, activists must also not tire about maternal and new born health issues.

Dr Sai said if Christians and Muslems are not afraid of repeating their messages why should the maternal and new born health activists fear.

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