Awoko on 19 February and Star Africa on 20 February reported on the presentation of 7 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles and 10 motorbikes to Statistics Sierra Leone. The donation is part of UNFPA's support for the 2013 Demographic Health Survey and the 2014 Population and Housing Census. Read in English: Awoko and Star Africa
Awoko on 22 October reported that, "the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in collaboration with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) on Friday, held a one-day validation of the National Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Condom Programming (NSPCCP) at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium." Read in English: Awoko
BELARUS: The Interfax News Agency on 13 October reported on the family and early marriage situation in Kazakhstan quoting UNFPA Sub-regional director Nikolai Botev saying that “In the world, out of young women that are currently in the age group 20-24 there are about 10% that got married before 15 years of age. For some regions of the world, especially in Africa and India this percent reaches 30.” Read in Russian: Interfax News Agency
CAMEROON: Cameroon Tribune reported on 11 October and CRTV on 8 October an interview with UNFPA Representative Alain Sibenaler about the celebration of the first International Day of the Girl Child in Cameroon. He says that UNFPA will organize very soon a campaign to tackle one the consequences of early marriage, that is, obstetric fistula for which the youngest patient is only 11 years old.
COSTA RICA: Multiple media outlets, reported on 10, 11 and 12 October on the first International Day of the Girl Child, drawing attention to the fact that child marriage could affect 142 million girls in 2020. In Costa Rica, new data on early marriages or unions, from the 2011 Census, was released. “There is a significant proportion of girls between 12 and 18 who are entering early marriages and relationships, generally with adult men,” said Oscar Valverde, UNFPA’s SRH Officer. Listen and watch in Spanish: Nuetra Voz, Monumental, Escuchar Radio ADN, Radio Nacional, Radio Reloj, Noticias Reloj, Noticias ADN, Escuchar Radio Nacional, Noticias Columbia , Ver Telenoticias, Canal 7 , Ver RTN Noticias, Canal 13 , Ver NC Once , Ver Telenoticias , Ver Canal 9 , Ver Telenoticias , Escuchar Noticias Nacional, Escuchar Noticias Nacional, Radio Columbia, Ver Programa Giros , Ver Canal 9 Read: La Nación, 11 Octubre 2012, La Nación, 12 Octubre 2012, Opinión en Diario Extra, and Diario Extra.
CUBA: Multiple media outlets between 11 and 15 reported on the first International Day of the Girl Child. The reports referred to the participation of UNICEF and UNFPA in the commemoration, and cited the presence of Jesus Robles, International Programme Coordinator of UNFPA in Cuba. Read in Spanish: Juventud Rebeide, CubaTV, Revista Mujeres, Tribuna de La Habana, SEMlac, IPS
EL SALVADOR: La Prensa Grafica on 12 October interviewed UNFPA Representative Elena Zuniga who described the situation of girl and adolescents in the country and described the state's role in protecting them. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Grafica
ETHIOPIA: The Daily Monitor, Sub Saharan Informer, Addis Admas and The Reporter from 13-14 October reported that if current trends continue, the number of girl child marriages will increase dramatically over the next 10 years, according to “Marrying too young: End Early Marriage,” a news report released on by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child.
The report also finds that despite laws to prevent its practice, child marriage has remained mostly constant in developing countries over the past decade. “No social, cultural or religious rationale for child marriage can possibly justify the damages these marriages do to young girls and their potential,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “A girl should have the right to choose whom she marries and when. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together to end child marriage. It is the only course by which we can avert what otherwise is the human tragedy of child marriage.” In 2010 a total of 158 countries reported that 18 years was the minimum legal age for marriage for women without parental consent or approval by a pertinent authority. Still, in 2010, one in three girls or 67 million girls were married before their 18th birthday in developing countries (excluding China). Progress has been made and the report finds that child marriage has declined in some developing countries, including Armenia, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Nepal, among other countries.
GUATEMALA: Prensa Libre on 13 October reported that the vulnerability and exclusion faced by millions of children and adolescents in the world, led the United Nations to make the decision to commemorate 11 October as the Day of the Girl. Leonor Calderon, UNFPA Representative in Guatemala indicates that there are many reasons. The International Day of the Girl Child is a call for reflection on the situation of vulnerability and risk that many girls have just for being girls. There are countless examples in Guatemala where the girl is subjected to many injustices: human trafficking, sex trafficking, exploitation and abuse. Until July this year, 11 girls 10 years of age have been mothers. The number of mothers under 14 years is 448,000. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre
GUYANA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 October on UNFPA's celebrations for the International Day of the Girl Child. The event was held at the Duke Lodge in Georgetown Guyana and was facilitated by UNFPA and the Ministry of Labour and Human Services and Social Security. Read in English: GINA and Guyana Chronicle
JAMAICA: The Jamaica Information Service reported on 13 October that, "on 11 October, the first International Day of the Girl Child, the UNFPA Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (SRO), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth in Jamaica, hosted a public forum on sexual violence under the theme: 'Ending Impunity for Sexual Violence: Breaking the Silence.’ In her welcome remarks, Ms. Geeta Sethi, Director, UNFPA SRO explained that although the global focus was on child marriage, based on recent events in Jamaica (an upsurge in cases of sexual violence against women and girls) the decision was taken to focus on sexual violence. She said the forum was the first in a series of conversations and discussions, "because this is an issue that we all need to talk about more, so that we can all understand what’s happening better and understand how we can find solutions to this.” Read in English: Jamaica Information Service
The Jamaica Observer reported on 13 October that girls were the focus of a high level panel discussion at the United Nations headquarters in New York where UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Girls Not Brides, focused on ways to end child marriage. The article also mentioned a public forum put on by the UNFPA sub-regional office for the caribbean to mark the day. Read in English: Jamaica Observer
JORDAN: All local daily newspapers and different news agencies reported on 11 October that UNFPA Jordan , as part of the International Day of Girl Child activities, has organized an awareness interactive session for Syrians in Za’tri camp in Mafraq, on the risks of early marriages, especially its effect on both young girl’s health and future.
The session was conducted for girls aged 15-19 and their mothers, where a sketch on early marriage was presented by two Syrian young girls followed by a discussion on health implications and problems that this issue might cause. Media reporters were invited to attend, and a brief was done to them on UNFPA’s services in the camp. Read in English: Jordan Times Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Petra, Almadenah News, Hasadjo, Addustour
KAZAKHSTAN: Multiple media outlets reported on 11-12 October on the issue of child marriage in Kazakhstan and the press conference held to mark International Day of the Girl Child in Almaty. The event was organized by the United Nations Population Fund, UN children fund (UNICEF) and Sub-Regional office of UN Women in EECA. Nikolai Botev, Director of UNFPA Sub-regional office for Central Asia and Country Director in Kazakhstan, quoted a passage from the Secretary General’s message, “Investing in girls is a moral imperative – a matter of basic justice and equality. It is an obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.” Read in Russian: kazinform, kloop.kz, Express K, and Kazakhstan Today
KYRGYZSTAN: Kabar, Knews, 24KG, VB, Mir24TV, Central Asia.ru reported on 11 October that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund called today for a national campaign to end the harmful traditional practice of child marriage in Kyrgyzstan. The call made on the International Day of the Girl Child, is part of the day’s observance and also includes the opening of “TOO YOUNG TO MARRY - The sold childhood,” a photo exhibition hosted by UNFPA. Featuring photography and video, the multimedia show highlights the personal narratives of six Kyrgyz girls married against their will at early ages. The photo exhibition aims to renew local attention to the critical issue and promote accountability from decision makers in Kyrgyzstan.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alexander Avanessov described the impact of child marriage as, “a practice that would diminish girls’ chances of completing their education because new brides are usually forced to drop out of school to bear children and to provide household labour.” "On behalf of girls in Kyrgyzstan, we ask for your full engagement in helping us to end child marriage...We all want the best for our children and your support is crucial. It is time for policy makers, parliamentarians, communities, families and young people to address this issue head on. It is time to break the silence. Together!” said Mr. Avanessov. Read in Russian: Kabar, Knews, Knews,Knews, 24KG, 24KG, VB, Open Line, for.kg, Mir24TV and Central Asia.ru
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: KPL on 11 October, reported on the first ever celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), with support from the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF and UN Women in Lao PDR, organized a drawing competition for young adolescents to raise awareness about the importance of education for Lao girls. Read in French: KPL
LEBANON: Several media outlets reported on 16 and 17 October on the release of the UNFPA report “Marrying too Young: End Child Marriage,” on the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The articles feature the press advisory released by UNFPA, featured quotes by UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin and provided global statistics on early marriage. Read in Arabic: As Safir, An Nahar, UPI, Al Jaras, Al Wifaq, Lebanon Files. Read in English: Al Jaras 2
PARAGUAY: ABC Colour online reported on 12 October that, on the International Day of the Girl Child, according to UNFPA, the habit of marrying minors who have not attained the age of majority is deeply rooted in Jordanian society and has increased with the arrival in the country of refugees. Read in Spanish: ABC online
ABC Colour, in its print edition, reported on 12 October that UNFPA noted that each year 16 million adolescents between 15 and 19 give birth, which make up 11% of births in the world. 95% of these births occur in developing countries. Read in Spanish: ABC
Radio Ñanduti reported on 11 October that according to the emergency programme coordinator of the UNFPA, Shible Sahbani, several Syrian parents have forced their daughters to marry Jordanian men. These statements were made in the context of the International Day of the Girl Child, commemorated worldwide. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
Última Hora reported in its online edition on 11 October that during the presentation of a report by the UNFPA, to mark the first International Day of the Girl, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized that “child marriage is a terrible violation of human rights and robs girls their education, their health and their future prospects." Read in Spanish: Última Hora
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Metronews.ru on 14 October published a column on the attitudes and issues of child marriage in Russia and surrounding countries. The column cited UNFPA data saying, “The UNFPA reports that in 2012, 14 million 200 thousand girls under the age of 18 were married.” Read in Russian: Metronews.ru
SIERRA LEONE: The New Citizen, New Vision and several other outlets reported on 15 October that the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender, and Children’s Affairs and other development partners including UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, Restless Development and Plan International, on 11 October, launched the first ever International Day of the Girl Child at the Family Kingdom Hall in Freetown. UNFPA Country Representative, Ratidzai Ndhlovu, on behalf of the UN family, articulated the significance of the day and encouraged all hands on deck to support government for the safety and empowerment of girls and pledged the UN’s commitment to ensure that girls go to school and at least get basic education. She also stressed the UN will continue to play a major role in enhancing girls’ empowerment and development.
TAJIKISTAN: Tajik Mama and Asia Plus reported on 9 October that the UNFPA will mark the International Day of the Girl Child in Tajikistan. The main event - open debate/discussions with the involvement of young leaders, journalists, activists, governmental officials, religious leaders and parliamentarians - will be held in Dushanbe on 10 October. Campaigns in social and traditional media will be conducted with youth involvement. Read in Russian: Asia Plus and Tajik Mama
Tajik Mama reported on 7 October that Mavzuna Chorieva, bronze medalist of London 2012 Olympic Games from Tajikistan, participated in a UNFPA event devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child and delivered a speech with a call to action to support girls’ rights to education and self-actualization. Read in Russian: Tajik Mama
Asia Plus and Khovar reported on 11 October that in an effort to promote the rights of girls and to address the unique challenges that they face around the world, the International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the United Nations in 2011 is commemorated in Tajikistan by UNFPA in partnership with governmental, non-governmental and international partners. Read in Rusisan: Khovar and Asia Plus
Ozodi, the Tajikistan branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, reported on 10 October that issues of early marriage were addressed during the UNFPA conference devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child in Dushanbe. Read in Russian: Ozodi
TURKEY: Multiple media agencies on 11 October reported on the moves by UNFPA and its partners to raise awareness about child marriage in the region. Werner Haug, UNFPA’s director of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional office, agreed that unlisted marriages are common throughout the region. "[Child marriage] is certainly unreported across the region as the marriages themselves occur in community ceremonies but are not officially registered with the state," he said.
“Compared to 1990, we see a surprising increase, not decrease as one might expect, in child marriage in the region,” Haug said of a recently released study of 10 countries including Turkey. He cited the rise or return of traditional views of the role of women and economic, political and ethnic turmoil as well as conflict in the region as key drivers of the rise in child marriage. Read in English: Southeastern Europe Times, Today’s Zaman, and Today’s Zaman
UNITED STATES: Multiple media outletson 10-12 October reported on UNFPA and the International Day of the Girl Child. Read in English: The Associated Press, Washington Post, The New York Times, Mitchell Reports, Voice of America, Inter Press Service,
Concord Times on 9 August reported on the end of a three-day Mid-Term Review Meeting and Training of Implementing Partners (IPs) held by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development MoFED, in collaboration with UNFPA. UNFPA Assistant Country Representative, Mariama Diarra-Sesay, said UNFPA believes that such training was crucial and important in enhancing the capacity building process of IPs. "She briefed participants on UNFPA's Business Plan (2012-2013) underscoring that population dynamics focuses on achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, reduction of maternal mortality and accelerating progress on the ICPD agenda and MDGs respectively."
Concord Times on 9 August reported on the Sierra Leone Parliamentary Action Group on Population and Development which has been funded and supported by the UNFPA for the past five years and has been facilitating parliament in nation-building. The advocacy centre in parliament has contributed in the area of capacity building through training programmes on gender equality, gender population, reproductive health, youth programmes, human rights concepts, and HIV/AIDS.
Concord Times on 3 August reported that the regional chapters of the Media Alliance for Population and Development Issues (MAPDI) received equipment that would boost their efforts aimed at promoting population issues. MAPDI was formed by UNFPA some nine years ago. Each chapter will receive five recorders, one modem, one camera, one printer and one UPS backup screen and monitor.
AWOKO reported on 16 July on the launching of the maiden Family Planning Week at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown. The wife of the Vice President, Kadia Sam Sumana, on 7 July said that family planning is pivotal in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. She said that the event is a clear indication that more work needs to be done especially in the reduction of child and maternal mortality.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mamoud Tarawalie revealed that the government has placed the highest priority on maternal and child health, stressing that ambitious strategies and policies have been put in place to address these issues. Despite the tireless effort of the government, he noted, access to and utilization of family planning services is appallingly low in the country, making the modern contraceptive prevalence rate only 8% among married women of reproductive age. According to the Deputy Health Minister, government and partners, including UNFPA, spared no efforts in advocating for a wider attention to family planning.
ALGERIA: Le Soir d'Algerie, El Moudjahid and Horizons on 12 July reported on the country's World Population Day celebration which took place in the National Institute of Public Health with the participation of the Minister of Health Dr. Djamel Ould Abbes and the UNFPA Representative. According to UNFPA, family planning is a basic human right. However, it remains meaningless unless individuals and couples have access to contraceptives, information and services to enable them to exercise that right. We have to meet the needs of the 222 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but have no access to modern contraceptives. Read in French: Le Soir d'Algerie, El Moudjahid and Horizons
ARMENIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on World Population Day and the event organized by UNFPA Armenia to mark it. Garik Hayrapetyan, UNFPA Armenia Assistant Representative, addressed the participants in his welcome notes. Following the introduction, Meri Khachikyan, Director of "For Family and Health" the Pan-Armenian Association NGO, made a presentation on "Key Factors Influencing Contraceptive Behavior in Eastern Europe and Central Asia." The presentation covered a 2011 study conducted in seven countries of the region, including Armenia, which was aimed at increasing the understanding of the low use of modern contraception and the key factors influencing contraceptive behavior in the region. Read in English: Public Radio of Armenia, Ankakh.com, A1plus News, Panorama.am, Lurer.com. Read in Russian: 7 Days News, Armenpress News Agency, Slaq.am, Panorama.am. Read in Armenian: 7 Days News, 7 Days News, Panorama.am, Panorama.am, Aysor.am, MediaLab, Henaran Press Club, Armenpress News Agency, Armenpress News Agency, Lurer.com, A1plus News, Ankakh.com, Hraparak Daily. Listen in Armenian: Radio Liberty
AZERBAIJAN: AzerTAc reported on 11 July that UNFPA and he Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Azerbaijan conducted a round table devoted to the “Role of Communication in Access to Reproductive Health Services.” The event was chaired by the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elmira Suleymanova and the UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, Fikret Akcura.
Mr. Akcura commended the economic advance and the high pace with which Azerbaijan was resolving poverty at the national level, hereby investing in human capital, as well as furthering gender equality and other MDG targets. As the UNFPA Representative in Azerbaijan, he reemphasized the importance of proper communication and dissemination of unbiased, evidence-based information on reproductive health and family planning services. The high-ranked representatives from the Ministry of Health, National Reproductive Health Office (NRHO), the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and other long-standing partners of UNFPA once again thanked the organization for its technical assistance in realization of the advanced programmes in the country targeting the unmet RH/FP needs of the population. Read in Azerbaijani: AzerTAc
BANGLADESH: The Daily Star on 11 July published an op-ed by UNFPA Representative Arthur Erken on World Population Day urging an increase in family planning. "So yes, Bangladesh has done remarkably well when it comes to reducing its population growth rate, and in reducing the number of children a woman has these days. But, providing universal access to quality family planning information and services to all those who want to plan their families remains the greatest unfinished agenda of Bangladesh! So, on this World Population Day, let us redouble our efforts to make family planning again our top priority" he said. Read in English: Daily Star
The Daily Star on 12 July reported that as a result of the government's move to control overpopulation, 60 percent of women across the country have access to family planning. However the Prime Minister's Adviser for Health and Family Welfare Affairs Syed Modasser Ali noted that, “Although we have brought sixty percent women under the family planning services in order to reduce birth rate, we can not claim it as a success because we have to ensure hundred percent success." He was the chief guest at a discussion to mark World Population Day. UNFPA Representative in Bangldesh Arthur Erken also addressed the programme. Read in English: Daily Star
Gulf Times, News Today, UNF Connect and The Daily Star on 8-13 July published stories on a parliamentary debate competition jointly organized by UNFPA Bangladesh and Debate for Democracy to mark World Population Day and foster discussion of population issues amongst youth. Eight renowned schools from Dhaka took part in the competition, while 800 students enjoyed the competition. UNFPA Bangladesh Representative Arthur Erken is quoted saying, “Over the period of three decades, the total fertility rate has come down from 7 to 2.3. But, as 1/4th of the populace is young, they should have sufficient knowledge and skills on adolescent sexual reproductive health." Read in English: Gulf Times, News Today, UNB Connect and The Daily Star
BELIZE: Channel 5 on 11 July broadcast a TV programme, Open Your Eyes, featuring Erika Goldson, Assistant Representative in Belize for UNFPA. She discussed the intricacies of World Population Day and the activities taking place in Belize. Read in English: Channel 5 and LoveFM
BENIN: Multiple media outlets on 11 and 12 July reported that the United Nations Population Fund, in cooperation with the Benin Government, celebrated World Population Day under the theme "Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services," at Djakotomey. This municipality has one of the lowest rates of contraception use (1.6 % according to the sanitary statistics of 2011).
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July that UNFPA Bolivia celebrated World Population Day in close coordination with the Ministry of Health. A new plan to reduce maternal mortality was launched. The main event took place in La Paz, with similar local presentations in the cities of Cochabamba, Sucre and Potosi. Jaime Nadal, UNFPA Representative, highlighted the need for universal access to reproductive health in order to achieve MDG 5. Read in Spanish: Página Siete, La Razón, Los Tiempos, Los Tiempos, Opinión, Correo del Sur, Gaia Noticias, Jornada, ERBOL, ERBOL, PIEB, Radio FM Bolivia, Radio FM Bolivia, El Diario, El Deber, Bolivia.com, Infanciahoy.com, peopledaily.com, Opinion, La Razon
BRAZIL: Jornal do Brasil and other outlets reported on 11 July that the United Nations celebrated World Population Day by calling for more action in the area of reproductive health. UNFPA Executive, Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, stressed that 222 million women who do not want to become pregnant have no access to contraceptives. Lack of access to reproductive health continues to cause deaths for women of reproductive age. Dr. Osotimehin also said that 1.8 billion young people worldwide have no access to information and services while making decisions about reproductive health. Read in Portuguese: Jornal do Brasil and Sidneyrezende
BURKINA FASO: Observateur Paalga on 12 July reported on World Population Day celebrations in Burkina Faso. According to the newspaper, the acting representative of UNFPA, Pascal Karorero, who delivered the message of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, said that, "it is time for leaders to renew their commitment to ensure universal access to services for reproductive health, especially to voluntary family planning." The newspaper said that the technical advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance, who chaired the ceremony, called on all actors in society to work for the theme of the day, "Universal access to reproductive health services" a reality.
CHINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on World Population Day and its theme of "Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services." Read in Chinese: Xinhua Net
CNTV English Channel and CNTV Chinese reported on 11 July on the Asian Symposium on Building Sustainable Aging Society convened in Changchun of Jilin Province on 5 July. Mr Arie Hoekman, Representative of UNFPA China, attended the opening ceremony and selected sessions. He was interviewed by national media during the meeting and quoted saying, "China’s population is ageing more rapidly than most countries in the world. France has doubled its aged population, which is over 60 years old, to 14% from 7% within 115 years, in Sweden within 85 years. But China made it in only 27 years. It is estimated that there will be 332 million people over the age of 60 in China in 2050. Such severe ageing problems require improvement and diversity of community retirement services for the elderly."
Sohu on 11 July a UNFPA China sponsored World Population Day event entitled, "Voices of Youth, Initiative of Cooperation” co-organized by the China Family Planning Association (CFPA) and China Youth Network in Shenzhen on 10 July. Mr. Arie Hoekman, Representative of UNFPA China attended the opening ceremony and gave a speech. Local media outlets were invited and a joint press release was prepared. Mr. Hoekman was quoted saying, “Every young person has the right to comprehensive sexuality education, and access to youth-friendly reproductive health services. With the right policies, investments and social support, young people can enjoy healthier lives free of poverty, violence and exploitation.” UNFPA-supported survey findings on youth access to sexual and reproductive health were provided to the media. Read in Chinese: Sohu, Oeee, and China.com
CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE: Tele-Congo reported on 12 July on the celebration of World Population Day on 11 July in Kinkala, in the Pool region, and specifically on a debate on Universal access to reproductive health. UNFPA Representative, David Lawson, and Health Minister Chief of Staff, Alexandre Alumba, were keynote speakers at this event. While outlining progress made in Congo on maternal mortality reduction over the past three years, Mr. Lawson called on the government for free family planning services in Congo. He said, "while free c-section has brought tremendous progress in maternal health, free family planning would enhance further this positive trend and help reach MDG5." Watch in French: Daily Motion
Tele-Congo and DRTV broadcast on 11 July the UNFPA Executive Director's message on World Population Day delivered by UNFPA Representative in Congo David Lawson. In line with the London Summit on Family Planning, the message focuses on this year's theme “Universal Access to Reproductive Health” and calls for greater action on family planning to reduce maternal mortality. Watch in French: Daily Motion
CUBA: Multiple media reported on 12 July on the celebrations of World Population Day in Cuba dedicated to universal access to reproductive health. The media published reports organized by the Scientific Scrub Cuban School of Public Health (ENSAP) and about the intervention of Jesus Robles, International Coordinator of the UNFPA Program in Cuba. Read in Spanish: Granma, Juventud Rebelde, CubaAhora, Radio Reloj, Revista Mujeres
Several media outlets on 11 July reported that the celebration of World Population Day in Cuba, promoted by UNFPA, was an opportunity to reflect on long-term population dynamics on the island and the challenges it poses to society. Cuba’s low fertility and rapid ageing process pose challenges to the island’s sustainable development. Read in Spanish: Revista Mujeres, Telecrentro Solvision, Tribuna de La Habana
Emisora CMHW reported on 10 July that Rolando Garcia Quiñones, Cuba's Assistant Representative of UNFPA, said youth participation is crucial to the success of the Greater Antilles in the field of sexual and reproductive health and protection of vulnerable demographic sectors. Read in Spanish: Emisora CMHW
DENMARK: Berlingske Tidende on 11 July published a joint op-ed by the Chief of UNFPA Nordic Office Pernille Fenger and Executive Director of the Danish Family Planning Association Bjarne B. Christensen. In the op-ed they discussed the realities of poor, young women not being able to decide when to have children. They point to the fact that with concerted efforts poor countries have obtained remarkable results in meeting women’s rights. The op-ed was a lead up to the London Summit on Family Planning. Read in Dutch: Berlingske Tidende
U-landsnyt.dk on 11 July published a joint press release by the UNFPA Nordic Office and the Danish FPA on the London Summit on Family Planning, with quotes from the Danish Minister for Development Corporation Christian Friis Bach, Chief of UNFPA Nordic Office, Pernille Fenger and Executive Director of the Danish FPA Bjarne B. Christensen. The release highlights the goal of meeting the needs of 120 million women and the renewed focus on family planning which the London Summit is an indication of. Read in Dutch: U-landsnyt.dk
Berlingske Tidende on 11 July, as well as several regional newspapers, published an article on a new large-scale initiative to give 120 million women access to contraception. The article quotes UNFPA's Executive Director stating that, “there is no excuse, neither cultural nor religious, that women should not be able to use contraception.” Read in Dutch: Berlingske Tidende, Berlingske Tidende, and JV.dk
Information on 11 July featured an article on the numbers from adding it up and the information – including a quote from the Chief of the UNFPA Nordic Office – on the London Summit. Read in Dutch: Information
Information on 11 July mentioned UNFPA and the London Summit in a human interest story. Read in Dutch: Information
Kristeligt Dagblad on 13 July reported on the outcome of the London Summit and quotes the Chief of the UNFPA Nordic Office (based on an interview conducted 12 July). In addition to telling about the commitments made at the conference, the article discusses how this renewed focus on family planning, the significant commitments by developing countries themselves and the involvement of a Catholic woman like Melinda Gates may serve to alleviate the controversy and add a more pragmatic approach to the subject.
EL SALVADOR: Multiple media outlets reported on World Population, and UNFPA-related activities around the theme of "Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services." Read in Spanish: La Prensa Gráfica, Equilibrium, Diario CoLatino (news 1), Diario CoLatino (news 2) and Website of the Institute of Youth in El Salvador - CONJUVE
Diario CoLatino on 12 July that this World Population Day, UNFPA stressed its speech on universal access to reproductive health services as an important goal for human development. Read in Spanish: Diario CoLatino and Diario CoLatino
La Prensa Grafica on 12 July reported that UNFPA celebrated World Population Day by remembering the day of 7 billion. Read in Spanish: La Prensa Grafica
La Palabra Universitaria on 13 July reported that UNFPA and the Ministry of Health celebrated World Population Day by focusing on the need for univeral access to reproductive health services. Read in Spanish: La Palabra Universitaria
ETHIOPIA: The Daily Monitor on 12 July reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more to be done to help those who most need access to reproductive health care. “I call for urgent concerted action by member states to bridge the gap between demand and supply for reproductive health care,” Mr. Ban said.
“Reproductive health and rights are integral to sustainable development and poverty reduction. Investing in universal access to reproductive health is a crucial investment in healthy societies and a more sustainable future,” he added.
The theme for this year is ‘Universal access to Reproductive Health Services,’ aimed at highlighting the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world. “Working for the survival and the well-being of women and girls is a human right imperative. And in order to take advantage of women’s full potential in the development of their nations, they must be able to plan their lives and families,” the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund Babatunde Osotimehin said.
GABON: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 July on the celebrations of World Population Day, held in Libreville. UNFPA Representative Nadir Hadj-Hammou, Vice Health Minister Alice Bikissa Nembe and Social Affairs Honorine Nzet Bitheghe made statements on the theme of the day "Universal access to reproductive health." The Vice Health Minister affirmed that this matter was among President Bongo's priorities. Mr. Hammou lamented that, despite its resources, the country had a maternal mortality (519 deaths for 100,000 live births) above the African average rate. He called for the need to strengthen efforts to address the family planning needs of 222 million women willing to avoid or delay pregnancy and reduce maternal mortality.
GEORGIA:Multiple media outlets reported on 11-13 July on World Population Day and published the message for World Population Day 2012 made by UNFPA's Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. Georgia Today interviewed Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA/Georgia assistant representative, focusing on the theme of universal access to reproductive health services in Georgia. According to her, in recent years, Georgia has made considerable progress with regard to improving capacity to provide reproductive health services and that universal access to reproductive health services, in some parts of Georgia, has now come close to reaching the Millendium Development Goals targets by 2015. The Assistant Representative also spoke about the major achievements, namely the results of the Georgia Reproductive Health Survey 2010, that showed the improvements in the reproductive health status of the population. In particular, for the first time since 1999, the birth-rate has surpassed the abortion rate in Georgia. Read in English: Georgia Today, Georgia Today and Inter Press News Read in Georgian: Radio Tavisupleba
GUATEMALA: Various national media on 11 July reported on public activities to commemorate World Population Day and that family planning is a key factor to achieving the objectives of the governmental program, "Zero Hunger," which fights chronic malnutrition among the poorest families in the country. The media also referred to the number of pregnancies in girls and adolescents, a reality that leads to malnutrition and the decreased development for adolescent girls. UNFPA Representative Leonor Calderón is mentioned in several pieces. Read in Spanish:Prensa Libre, Siglo 21,La Hora, La Hora, Diario de Centroamérica, CERIGUA, CERIGUA (Nota Babatunde Osotimehin), EDG Noticias
GUINEA: Goha Guinee on 10 July reported on a family planning advocacy day for religious authorities. Prior to World Population Day, the workshop brought together twenty imams, religious leaders and administrative authorities of Labe. On this occasion, verses from the Koran promoting family planning were identified. The participants proposed activities and committed themselves to promote family planning at meetings and during social ceremonies. Read in French: Goha Guinee
GUYANA: Stabroek News on 12 July published a story on the launch of a new report recommending the upgrade of government-run hospitals performing deliveries in order to boost maternal and newborn care. The report, lauch 11 July, under the theme “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services,” at the Ocean View Convention Centre, East Coast Demerara, coincided with World Population Day. The report, which gives a detailed assessment of all maternity facilities in Guyana during the year 2010, was supported by non-governmental organisations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Pan American Health Organisa-tion (PAHO) among others. Read in English: Stabroek News and Guyana Chronicle
INDONESIA: Mediaindonesia.com on 11 July reported that, “the level of maternal and infant mortality in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province is far higher than the average of national rate. In 2011, the MMR was reported at 306 per 100,000 live births, well above the national figure of 228. UNFPA Representative, Mr. Jose Ferraris, said that the high level of MMR and IMR have driven UNFPA to focus its programmes in NTT to address issues related to mother and child health. UNFPA works in three programmes of family planning revitalization, improving the universal access to reproductive health in general and implementing a model for friendly health service for youth and adolescents. “ Read in Indonesian: Mediaindonesia.com
The Jakarta Post on 12 July reported that “The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will assist the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration to provide reproductive health services for teens, aged 15 to 19, following a recent report by the Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey (SDKI) that only 45.4 per cent of married teens had access to contraception. “There are many cases that young women who get married early still face discrimination. There are even women who get pregnant before marriage and do not have access to basic health services, as they are the black sheep of the family,” said Moudy Taopan of UNFPA’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), on Wednesday."
Mediaindonesia.com on 12 July reported “men’s participation in family planning through condom usage remains low in Indonesia, as the condom is still associated with a negative connotation (of having extra marital sex). This perception is just one of many other misperceptions in the area of reproductive sex such as that providing reproductive health service to young people will lead to increasing their sexual activities, said UNFPA Representative Jose Ferraris in a seminar on Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services held to commemorate World Population Day in Indonesia. The seminar took place in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara on Wednesday, 11 July. Read in Indonesian: Mediaindonesia.com
Timorexpress.com on 13 July reported that, “World Population Day is celebrated this day each year by UN member states around the world to focus attention on the urgency and importance of issues related to population. This year’s theme of “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services” was selected to accelerate progress and reenergize commitments toward achievement of this goal. UNFPA Representative, Jose Ferraris, said in his speech for the opening ceremony in Ima Hotel in Kupang on Wednesday, 11 July, that based on the population structure in Indonesia, the number of people aged 15-29 accounted at 126 million people at the moment. This number means opportunity but also challenge for the country.” Read in Indonesian: Timorexpress.com
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN: Multiple media outlets from 2 July on reported on World Population Day events including speeches by the Minister of Health and Medical Education, the Deputy Minister of Health and UNFPA's Ms. Soudabeh Ahmadzadeh. Read in Farsi: Ghatreh, Ghatreh, IRNA, Ghatreh, IRNA, Ghatreh, Ghatreh, Ghatreh, Salamat News, Salamat News, Salamat News
JAMAICA: Multiple media outlets from 10-15 July reported on World Population observance in Jamaica. In her opening remarks at a symposium celebrating the day, Director of the UNFPA Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean Ms. Geeta Sethi, urged governments to invest in reproductive health services. “People are the most important resource of a country and given the Caribbean’s large youth population, half of which is below 25 years old, special emphasis must be placed on meaningful investment in young people’s education, health, and in equipping them to make responsible choices,” she stated. Several print and electronic media covered the event including the Jamaica Observer, the Gleaner, and the Jamaica Information Service. Read in English: Jamaica Observer, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Observer and Jamaica Observer
JORDAN: Al Rai, Petra News Agency and multiple news agencies reported on 11 July that Jordan joined the world in celebrating World Population Day 2012. Media outlets talked about this year's theme and how UNFPA Jordan is working with the Government of Jordan to achieve greater access to reproductive health services.
The articles concluded with a quotation of Dr. Osotimehin, “Today, as we commemorate World Population Day, it is time to re-energize our commitment to universal access to reproductive health services, especially family planning services. This commitment is as relevant today as it was when world leaders made it at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.” Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Petra News Agency, Ammon News, Almadenah News, Al Arabiya, Jordanzad.
KYRGYZSTAN: CentralAsia, KNEWS, 24KG, VB, Akipress reported on 11 July that UNFPA held a press conference with the participation of the Resident Coordinator and a representative of the Ministry of Health. “Availability of affordable life-saving medicines, contraceptives and other essential health supplies is a vital part of well-functioning health systems that can serve people in an equitable manner,” said Alexander Avanessov, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic. “Access to voluntary family planning alone can also reduce unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths and disabilities, saving women's lives and those of their children,” added Mr. Avanessov.
In Kyrgyzstan, the young segment aged 14 to 28 represent 30.2% of the whole population. In this context, it is crucial to invest in young people’s health and education, improve access to sexual reproductive health services and age-appropriate, friendly services. “When young people can exercise their right to health and education, and have a decent job, they can contribute to improving their nations and escape poverty,” said Alexander Avanessov. Read in Russian: 24KG, Namba, 24KG, Namba, Centrasia, VB, KNEWS, KNEWS, 24KG, 24KG, Akipress
LIBERIA: The Daily Observer on 13 July reported that the Chairman of the Liberia Traditional Council, at a World Population Day celebration, has cautioned youth not to engage in risky sexual behaviour. UNFPA-Liberia’s Resident Representative, Esperance Fundira, read a message on behalf of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin at the event. Read in English: Daily Observer
The Inquirer on 11 July reported that UNFPA has disclosed that teenage pregnancy in Liberia stands at 38 per cent; unmet needs for family planning stand at 36 per cent while conceptive prevalence is only 11 per cent. Read in English: The Inquirer
The Inquirer on 13 July reported that according to the United Nations 2012 report, Trends in maternal mortality, Liberia's maternal mortality ratio has reduced from 994 out of every 100,000 live births to 770 out of every 100,000 live births, down by 224. UNFPA UNFPA Representative, Esperance Fundira, speaking during the Observance of World Population Day said, “To make greater progress, every woman needs access to basic package of reproductive health services.” Read in English: The Inquirer
The News on 13 July reported that, while speaking at a one-day World Population Day seminar organized by the National Lutheran Church Women Fellowship in Monrovia, UNFPA representative Madam Fundira said the choice one makes in his/her life in the bearing of children determines their future and should not be blamed on the civil war in Liberia. Read in English: The News
The News reported on 12 July that more than 800 women died daily in pregnancy or childbirth from complications that are very often preventable, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotinmehin has revealed. Read in English: The News
The Informer on 12 July reported that UNFPA has lauded what it calls Liberia's progress in reducing maternal mortality in the country. UNFPA Liberia Resident Representative, Esperance Fundira, made the commendation yesterday at the program marking the 2012 World Population Day held at the SKD complex outside Monrovia. Read in English: The Informer
Front Page on 12 July reported that the Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund has expressed alarmed over the high level of unwanted pregnancies in Liberia. Read in English: Front Page
MEXICO: More than 50 media outlets such as Excelsior, La Jornada, Reforma, CNN México, El Universal, Milenio, Cronica, Pulsoslp, , Noticias Yahoo, Info7, El Arsenal, OEM, el Golfo, Síntesis, Informativo Chiapas, Chiapas Hoy, El Heraldo de Chiapas, Expreso Chiapas, El Pendulo de Chiapas, Cuarto Poder, Tabasco Hoy, Quadratin, Cambio de Michoacan, El mundo de Córdoba, Noticias Terra, Vocero Quintana Roo, Diario La Verdad, Rotativo, Pulso DF reported on the several activities, such as a press conference, journalist workshop and study tour to a project in Chiapas organized by UNFPA Mexico, on the occasion of the World Population Day. Diego Palacios Jaramillo, UNFPA Mexico Representative pointed out that access to reproductive health should be a priority for the next Mexican government and for the international community as a whole. During the press conference he also mentioned that today, pregnancy and childbirth-related complications are the major cause of death among girls 10 to 19 years old in most developing countries, while the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections are among young people aged 15 to 24. Read in Spanish: Excelsior, La Jornada, Reforma, CNN México, El Universal, Milenio, Cronica, Pulsoslp, Noticias Yahoo, Info7, El Arsenal, OEM, el Golfo, Síntesis, Informativo Chiapas, Chiapas Hoy, El Heraldo de Chiapas, Expreso Chiapas, El Pendulo de Chiapas, Cuarto Poder, Tabasco Hoy, Quadratin, Cambio de Michoacan, El mundo de Córdoba, Noticias Terra, Vocero Quintana Roo, Diario La Verdad, Rotativo, Pulso DF, OEM, Guerrero, Ciudad y Poder, Jornada, Cuarto poder, Chiapas Hoy, Jornada, El Herald o de Chiapas, Es Diario, OEM, Noticias de Chiapas, Imparcial Chiapas, Diario de Chiapas, OEM, El Cuarto Deguerra, Yucatan, Yucatan, Diario Portal, Omnia, e-Tlaxcala, El Mundo, Jornada, Milenio, Reforma, Cuarto Poder, NL, Jornada, Comunicacion Chiapas
MOLDOVA: Radio Chisinau on 11 July reported on the UNFPA press conference organized in celebration of the World Population Day. The article talked about the demographic situation in Moldova as well as about reproductive health issues, especially on universal access to reproductive health services. Read in Romanian: Radio Chisinau.
24h.md reported on 11 July on the importance of reproductive health education as well as universal access to RH services and quoted Mr. Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova and other speakers at the conference several times. Read in Romanian: 24h.md
Pro TV Moldova reported on 11 July on the flash mob, Informed and Protected, organized by Y-Peers to inform people on reproductive and sexual health to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. The demographic situation in the country was highlighted. Read in Romanian: Pro TV Moldova
Radio Free Europe on 11 July reported on the demographic crisis in Moldova, quoting Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova, on the issue. Read in Romanian: Radio Free Europe
Radio Free Europe on 11 July interviewed Mr. Mihai Moldovanu, deputy prime minister, Head of the National Commission for Population and Development, who participated in the UNFPA press conference on World Population Day, on the demographic situation in Moldova. Read in Romanian: Radio Free Europe
Teleradio Moldova on 11 July reported on WPD and the alarming statistics on the current issues presented by UNFPA Moldova. Read in Romanian: Teleradio Moldova
EuroTv on 11 July reported that the new priority of the Moldovan Government in population development is to provide access to reproductive health to the entire population. The Government wants to assure the access to reproductive Health Offices and Youth Friendly Service Clinics. Read in Romanian: EuroTV
Radio Free Europe on 12 July conducted an interview with Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova, on WPD and concerns about the demographic future of Moldova. Read in Romanian: Radio Free Europe
Privesc on 11 July broadcast a live transmission of the UNFPA World Population Day press conference. Watch in Romanian: Prevesc
MONGOLIA: The Mongol News on 4 July reported that the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour, Ministry and Health and UNFPA in Mongolia jointly organized a press conference on World Population Day. The joint press release was printed in the UB Post on 9 July. The Mongolian version of the press release was published in the Unuudur Daily on 10 July.
MOROCCO: Le Soir on 11 July reported on UNFPA-supported activities for World Population Day.
MOZAMBIQUE: Radio Mocambique, TVM, STV, Lusa, and Angola Press reported on 11 and 12 July that the main commemoration of World Population Day in Mozambique was held in the district of Gongola, in the central province of Manica. All reports say that the event was led by UNFPA’s Representative, Bettina Maas, and Manica Governor, Ms. Ana Comoane. Ms. Maas is quoted by Lusa (Portuguese news agency) saying that there is a need (in Mozambique) to scale up reproductive health services, in particular family planning. “Everyone wishes to live in a world were delivering a baby is a sign of happiness for women, parents and family. We cannot continue living in a world were delivering a baby is a sign of uncertainty or something a family remembers sadly.” Read in Portugese: Noticias, and Portalangop
MYANMAR: The Myanmar Times on 9 July reported on a family planning conference convened in honor of World Population Day as part of a global push to improve access to family planning in developing countries. and the New Light of Myanmar on 12 July reported on World Population Day celebrations. UNFPA Representative Mohamed Abdel-Ahad is quoted saying, "By enabling young women to delay childbearing until they have achieved education and training, reproductive health services contribute toward improving women's social position and increasing their community and political participation."
The New Light of Myanmar on 12 July published an article on the commemorative ceremony held at Thingaha Hotel in honour of World Population Day. Mohamed Abdel Ahad, UNFPA representative spoke about UNFPA's activities in the country.
The New Light of Myanmar on 12 July published an article annoucing UNFPA is part of a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving maternal and child health globally and in Myanmar.
Mizzima on 11 July reported that the country will focus on women's health, family planning and contraceptives following a funding intiative by the UK’s development agency, the Department for International Development (DFID), Marie Stopes International, and UNFPA. A press briefing was organized in Naypyitaw to announce the commitment. Read in English: Mizzima
PARAGUAY: ABC Color on 7 July reported that on 10 July, to celebrate World Population Day, which this year has the theme "Universal access to reproductive health services," the initiative Presencia Joven, boys and girls working towards peer education, will organize an event in the Plaza de Armas. The event, also hosted by the NGO Kuna Roga, with support from UNFPA, will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 17:00. Read in Spanish: ABC Color
La Nación reported on 9 July that through theater, graffiti and various activities, adolescents and youth of the Presencia Joven will celebrate World Population Day. The event, held in the Plaza de Armas is driven by NGO Kuna Roga and has the support of UNFPA. Read in Spanish: La Nación
Radio Ñanduti on 13 July reported on the activity organized by Presencia Joven as part of the World Population Day in the city of Encarnación. The Advocacy and Communication Advisor for UNFPA Carolina Ravera, said on behalf of the Assistant Representative of this agency, Manuela Escobar, that "UNFPA would like to emphasize the theme before us today and really make everyone realize their right to information, services and supplies in sexual and reproductive health.” Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti
Portal Paraguayo de Noticias reported on 13 July that Sergio Gonzalez (16), a member of Presencia Joven, an organization of teens working in peer education and supported by UNFPA, organized a fun activity to celebrate World Population Day. Boys and girls were invited to come to the Plaza de Armas "so that together we reflect on our rights, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive health.” Read more in Spanish: PPN
Itapúa en Noticias broadcast on 11 July, an interview with Sara González, a member of Presencia Joven, which, for World Population Day, organized with support from UNFPA, an event in the Plaza de Armas. During the day, adolescents, through activities such as games, theater and graffiti, shared information on sexual and reproductive health and promoting friendly health services in the city's hospital. Watch in Spanish: Itapúa en Noticias
PHILIPPINES: The Philippine Star on 13 July printed an editorial saying, “the theme of this year’s observance of World Population Day cannot be any more direct: “universal access to reproductive health care.” United Nations statistics show that every day around the world, nearly 800 women die of complications from pregnancy or childbirth. For every death, according to the UN Population Fund, 20 more women suffer debilitating childbirth injuries. UNFPA reported that in most developing countries, pregnancy and complications from childbirth are the leading causes of death of girls aged 10 to 19. The highest rates of sexually transmitted infections are recorded among youths aged 15 to 24 in developing countries, according to the UNFPA." Read in English: Philippine Star
The Inquirer on 12 July printed an opinion piece by Rina Jimenez-David. “In her statement issued on World Population Day last Wednesday, Senator Pia Cayetano appealed to everyone to “prioritize the plight and burden of Filipino mothers. They are the ones who risk their life to bear new life, carry the primary burden of ensuring the health, education and welfare of their children, and balance the family’s meager resources to survive from day to day.” Saying “the situation of our mothers has gone from bad to worse” with rising maternal death statistics, the senator said “any fair-minded legislator [should] support the enactment of the RH bill, which would allow mothers universal access to reproductive health services of the government.”” Read in English: The Inquirer
The Philippine Information Agency reported on 13 July that “the Department of Health (DOH) and the Commission on Population (PopCom) has pushed for universal access to Reproductive Health (RH) services and the utilization of family planning. RH problems remain as the leading cause of illnesses and death for women of childbearing age locally and globally. Maternal mortality rate in Cordillera based on the 2009 data, is 79 per 100,000 live births. PopCom, in partnership with DOH, spearheaded July 11’s Kapihan Media Forum in observance of the World Population Day 2012, which adopts the theme “Universal Access to Reproductive Health.”” Read in English: Philippine Information Agency
The Philippine Star on 11 July printed an editorial saying, “the World Bank has joined the International Monetary Fund and rating agencies in projecting an economic contraction this year for the Philippines. As the global economic crisis deepens, the United Nations is expecting women and children in developing countries to bear the brunt of the impact. The crisis gives more urgency to the implementation of measures that will promote education and health care for women and children. This is the message of the United Nations Population Fund as the 20th World Population Day is marked today. The UNFPA points out that investments in education and health of women and girls have been linked to higher national productivity, agricultural yield and income, all of which contribute to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals.” Read in English: Philippine Star
The Manila Bulletin on 10 July printed an editorial, “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services” is the theme of this year’s celebration of World Population Day, in support of the attainment of the 5th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) which is to improve maternal health. Despite progress in this area, there is still much to be done to realize the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) vision of “a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”” Read in English: Manila Bulletin
The Gulf Times on 12 July published that, “Jonalyn Corpuz struggled to hold on to her three-month-old son throwing a tantrum as she waited in line for free contraceptive implants in Manila’s slum district of Tondo. Corpuz was among hundreds of mothers who signed up for free implants and injections, ligation, birth control pills and other reproductive health services at a family planning fair in Baseco, the largest slum village in Tondo. The fair was organised by the Manila-based Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health in partnership with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the European Union and other local groups to mark World Population Day yesterday.” Read in English: Gulf Times
Negros Daily Bulletin on 12 July reported that, “Dr. Eden Divinagracia, Executive Director of the Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC) cited the recent statistics, that the unmet needs for Family Planning increased from 15.7% in 2006 to 19.3% in 2011 at the World Population Day event with the theme, Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services. The objective of the celebration was to raise awareness among stakeholders the importance of addressing population issues and their relationship to health and development.” Read in English: Negros Daily Bulletin
The Inquirer on 11 July reported that, “Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday renewed her call for the passing of the Reproductive Health Bill in time with the commemoration of World Population Day. “On World Population Day, let’s prioritize the plight and burden of Filipino mothers. They are the ones who risk their life to bear new life, carry the primary burden of ensuring the health, education and welfare of their children, and balance the family’s meager resources to survive from day-to-day,” said Cayetano.” Read in English: The Inquirer and InterAksyon.com
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SIERRA LEONE: AWOKO and New Vision reported on 12 July that at a press conference to commemorate World Population Day in Freetown on 11 July, the Acting Director of UNFPA sub-regional office in Dakar, Idrissa Ouedraogo, said that family planning is a basic human right. Giving birth, he said, is typically the most joyful moment in a woman’s life, yet this very process takes the life of so many women worldwide.
Mr. Ouedraogo further stated that for every woman who dies, around 20 more suffer debilitating childbirth conditions such as fistula, and that working for the survival and the well-being of women and girls is a human rights imperative. He said that as we commemorate World Population Day, it is time to re-energize our commitment to universal access to reproductive health services, especially voluntary family planning.
The Component Manager for Population and Development at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mohamed Lebbie, observed that the theme for this year’s celebration: Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services, is clearly an important one and the timing is opportune particularly when government is now committed to formulating a comprehensive national population policy within socio-economic planning.
SRI LANKA: The Daily Mirror, Daily News, Sinhala 'Ada', Daily Lankadeepa Sinhala and Veerakesari Tamil on 11 July reported on World Population Day and UNFPA. The Daily Mirror did a three-page spread on the topic.
SUDAN: Sudan Vision Daily published on 12 July the message by Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on World Population Day 2012. In the message Dr. Osotimehin reaffirmed UNFPA’s human rights approach to reproductive health by affirming that working for the survival and well-being of women and girls is a human rights imperative. In order to take advantage of women’s full potential in the development of their nations, they must be able to plan their lives and families. This is why the international community is determined to making universal access to reproductive health a priority. Read in English: Sudan Vision Daily
Al Sahafa Daily reported on 10 July about the planned celebrations of World Population Day on 16 July at Genaina, West Darfur. The events are organized by the Reproductive Health Directorate of the Federal Ministry of Health, West Darfur Ministry of Health and UNFPA Sudan. Dr. Sawsan Eltahir of the Federal Ministry of Health was quoted as saying this year’s celebrations advocate for efforts to provide quality integrated reproductive health services that include midwifery, emergency maternal services in addition to information and services on spacing children. Read in Arabic: Al Sahafa Daily
TAJIKISTAN: Khovar reported on 13 July on the UNFPA-conducted press conference on World Population Day. Mr. Alexander Zuev, UNFPA Representative in Tajikistan spoke on the occasion. Read in Russian: Khovar
TIMOR-LESTE: The Timor-Post on 11 July reported that UNFPA celebrated World Population Day with government representatives, development partners, and students at Canossa School in Dili. UNFPA has been working the Ministry of Health and International Agencies in Timor-Leste for the past 10 years to strengthen education and capacity on reproductive health and progress is being made. This year’s global theme ‘Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services’ is of particular relevance to Timor-Leste, a country with a high fertility rate and a high maternal mortality ratio. A Timorese woman will have, on average, 5.7 births during her lifetime with one in 44 women likely to die as a result of complications during pregnancy or childbirth, according to the Demographic Health Survey 2009-2010. Through the celebration of World Population Day, UNFPA hopes to raise awareness among young people on key reproductive health issues, so they can make informed decisions concerning their health and their future. UNFPA Representative Pornchai Suchitta pledged UNFPA’s commitment to work with all of its partners to ensure that universal access to reproductive health, especially voluntary family planning, is a key element of the international development agenda and poverty reduction policies. Mr. Pornchai said that, “only then would countries be able to reduce poverty and social and economic inequality, improve the well-being of their people and safeguard the health and rights of women, men, and young people.”
The Independente on 12 July reported that the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon called on United Nations member states to highlight the key role of access to reproductive health care. “I call for urgent concerted action by the member states to bridge the gap between demand and supply for reproductive health care,” said Ban. The paper also quoted the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who stated that reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide.
The Timor Post on 12 July published a photo of the First Lady of Timor-Leste, Mrs. Isabel Ferreira, ribbon cutting at the UNFPA exhibition on the celebration of World Population Day with UNFPA Representative Mr. Pornchai at Canossa Community School.
TOGO: Multiple media outlets reported on 11 and 12 July on the country’s World Population Day celebrations. The Minister in Charge of the Planning of Development and Regional Planning, Dédé Ahouéfa EKOUE, launched World Population Day on 10 July in the Medico-social Center of Tokoin Doumasséssé at Lome. She had by her side, the Ministers of Health, Security and Civil Protection, the representative of the Office of the UNFPA in Togo, Cécile MUKARUBUGA, the representatives of other agencies such as the United Nations’ representative Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, the resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and resident Representative of the UNDP in Togo, members of the diplomatic corps, high personalities in charge of the engineering departments and a crowd made up of women who came to listen.
The celebration was also an opportunity for the UNFPA Togo to offer five motorbikes to the medical districts of the maritime area through the Ministry of Health. In collaboration with the Management of Family Health, services for family planning were offered free on the site of the demonstration to surrounding populations. Parallel to the celebration, the media diffused and published the message of the Executive Director in their columns and on the airwaves.
A day before this celebration, a press conference, hosted by the Togolese Government and the Office of the UNFPA in Togo, enlightened journalists on World Population Day, the current efforts of the government regarding reproductive health, and the importance of demography and development. Read in French: Togo En Vogue, Togo En Vogue, Pa-L'Union, Pa-L'Union, Savoir News, Sante Education and Afriscoop
TURKMENISTAN: Neutral Turkmenistan reported on 11 July on the celebration by the international community of World Population Day. In the article, the author shared the history of World Population Day and extensively described the cooperation between Turkmenistan and UNFPA since 1992, particularly in the area of reproductive health, given the theme of the 2012 World Population Day. Quoting the Secretary-General’s World Population Day message on the importance of mainstreaming reproductive health and rights into all development plans, the article highlights the achievements of Turkmenistan in the area of reproductive health with the support of UNFPA, including the adoption, among the first in the region to do so, of national development programmes and strategies on reproductive health, safe motherhood and others.
Neutral Turkmenistan, Dashoguz Habarlary, and Maru-Shahu-Jahan newspapers reported on 12, 13 and 14 July that UNFPA jointly with the National Clinical Center for Mother and Child Health (NCCMC) held a series of roundtables dedicated to the World Population Day theme in the capital city and in two cities in the regions. The roundtables served as a platform to recognize the medical specialists working in the field of reproductive health, and to create a dialogue between the service providers and users on the existing reproductive health services, safe motherhood, adolescent reproductive health and reproductive rights of women, including those living with disabilities, and young people. Medical specialists, representatives of the non-governmental organizations and mass media, as well as couples, women of fertile age and young people participated at the round-tables.
UGANDA: New Vision on 11 July reported on a dialogue organized by the UNFPA country office in preparation for World Population Day. With the theme: “Make Access to Reproductive Health Services a Priority: Address Key Challenges,” the dialogue attracted youths from across Kampala city and beyond. Read in English: New Vision
New Vision on 11 July published an interview with UNFPA Country Representative Janet Jackson about World Population, family planning and other key issues affecting the population. Read in English: New Vision
The Daily Monitor on 12 July published an article about the London Family Planning Summit. UNFPA Country Representative Janet Jackson is mentioned in the article saying, making access to reproductive health services shoul dbe a priority. Read in English: Daily Monitor
URUGUAY: Several media outlets reported from 11-14 July on different aspects of the celebration of World Population Day. El País reported that Uruguayan authorities were to announce that the country would host the first meeting of the Regional Conference on Population in August 2013. That Conference would focus on the Programme of Action of the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) advancements. La diaria and Radio Uruguay highlighted that the Uruguayan model to eliminate maternal mortality for unsafe abortions, which follows the commitments signed in the ICPD, will be shared with other Latin American countries. La Republica focused on growing inequalities as the world population rises. Trends on sexual and reproductive health, including maternal mortality, were presented and debated by several media. Read more in Spanish: El País, La Diaria, La República, UNI Radio, Radio Uruguay, Radio Universal, Montevideo.com, Presidencia, Fray Bentina Digital, El Pueblo de Salto, El País de los Niños, Prensa Latina
UZBEKISTAN: UzDaily, Gazeta.uz and numerous other outlets reported on 12 July that on 11 July, the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan and UNFPA (UN Population Fund) together celebrated World Population Day 2012. The day, which was held under the motto “Healthy Families – Healthy Societies,” was celebrated with an open-air event at Gofur Gulom Park in Tashkent. The celebration featured a family marathon, as well as a kids’ chalk drawing contest on the theme of “Healthy Families.” Winners and participants of the contest were awarded with souvenirs. Participants of the event and guests also enjoyed the performance of amateur folk dance and song groups. Read in Russian: UzDaily, Gazeta.uz, and ca-news Read in English: UzDaily
e-Tashkent reported on 12 July that on 13 July, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) planned to co-host a traditional UN Friday to highlight one of UN’s flagship observances, World Population Day. The programme featured Feruza Fazilova, National Programme Officer on Reproductive Health at UNFPA, Diloram Melikova, family physician at Tashkent International Clinic, Davron Mirsagatov, and representative of the youth education network Y-PEER, Vojtech Hledik, UNAIDS Country Office in Uzbekistan. Read in Russian: e-Tashkent
Concord Times on 28 June reported that UNFPA, with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, and in partnership with Fambul Initiative Network for Equality (FINE-SL), "concluded a three-day policy dialogue and capacity-building programme for traditional and religious leaders, and youth in the 13 chiefdoms in Bombali district to change the perception of gender equality in their communities." Isatu Kajue, acting Deputy Representative of UNFPA, is mentioned in the article as describing her organization as a developmental agency that promotes sexual amd reproductive health and reproductive rights "because they believe in the concept of every one counts." Read in English: Concord Times
The Concord New Citizen reported on 28 June that the Health for All Coalition (HFAC), a civil society advocacy group working to promote health care service delivery in Sierra Leone, on 26 June organized a one-day advocacy conference for stakeholders in the health sector. The conference aimed at repositioning family planning in the Agenda for Prosperity.
HFAC Executive Director, Charles Mambu stated that the repositioning of family planning is critical, especially in the lives of women and children.
The UNFPA Representative, Ratidzai Ndhlovu, reiterated that access to family planning services is abysmally low, compared to other countries in the region and the world. Representative Ndhlovu also noted that the national prevalence rate in 2008 was 7% with marked regional variation of 3.8% in rural areas and 14.2% in urban areas. She underscored that family planning is a fundamental component of primary health care and reproductive health.
Concord Times on 11 June reported on a UNFPA training programme in the Pujehun district for traditional birth attendants (TBAs). The programme, a six-day training on community advocacy skills for effective monitoring and sensitization on HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, maternal complications and prevention, targeted TBAs from the 12 chiefdoms in the district. UNFPA Deputy Assistant Country Representative Isatu Kajue and UNFPA Reproductive Health Manager Dr. Jaria Kabba Kebay are both mentioned in the article.
The Concord Times Newspaper reported on 15 December that as a demonstration for its continuous support for the free health programme for lactating mothers and pregnant women to minimize death rates in the country, the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, on Monday 12 December handed over the refurbished and expanded Special Care Baby Unit and Mother’s Lodge at the PCM Hospital, to the Government of Sierra Leone. While handing over the unit, the UNFPA Country Representative among other things said that UNFPA Sierra Leone committed its own core resources to the refurbishment, expansion and creation of the mother’s lodge and baby care unit for neonates in the hospital. The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Haja Hawa Bangura, thanked UNFPA for their support in the health sector.
The Independent Observer on 24 November reported that a three day “National Youth Forum on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health” from 8-10 November was held at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. Organized by the Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports, and sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the forum brought together about two hundred youths from all district of the country to discuss issues affecting the sexual and reproductive health of young people and for the young people to contribute to the development of a multi sectoral programme. Issues discussed included teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS with recommendations from the youths to be included in the multi-sectoral programme proposal.
IRIN reported on 22 November on the launch of a fistula hotline. The hotline is a the result of a partnership between the Gloag Foundation, USAID, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and telecommunications company Airtel. Read in English: IRIN
The Spectator, New Citizen and Vision on 14 November reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on 11 November donated information technology equipments worth USD 63,000 to Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) in a bid to enhance credible data collection in Sierra Leone. Handing over the equipment at the SSL office in Freetown, the UNFPA Country Representative, Md. Ratidzai Ndhlovu pointed out that the equipment will contribute to SSL’s capacity in data collection and management both at the national and district level. The donation she said will help SSL in preparation for the next Demographic Health Survey in 2013 and the National Population and Housing Census in 2014. The equipment included computers, memory sticks, Blank CD plates, external hard drives, a server and plotter.
BRAZIL: Multiple TV news programs covered the launch of SWOP and the day of 7 billion between 26 and 31 October. View in Spanish: Jornal Hoje, Jornal da Globo, Bom Dia Brasil and Jornal Globo News, Jornal Nacional and Jornal Hoje
CAMBODIA: The Phnom Penh Post reported on 1 November that as the world’s population hits seven billion, the latest statistics from the UN Population Fund’s State of the Population report show the number of Cambodians decreased by five per cent in the past year. The report puts the total population of Cambodia at 14.3 million compared with 15.1 million in 2010.
COMOROS: La Gazette on 2 November reported that At the current pace of growth, 78 million people are added annually to the world's population. "This population is recorded for a large part in the least developed countries, some of which are already struggling to meet the needs of their populations," said the Resident Coordinator System UN Comoros, at the launch of report on the State of World Population 2011
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Tele-Pointe-Noire, Radio-Pointe-Noire Agence d'Information Congolaise, and Africa No. 1 reported on 2 November on a press conference by UNFPA Representative David Lawson in Pointe-Noire, to present the UNFPA 2011 State of the World Population, the 7 billion people milestone and its implications for Congo. Mr. Lawson talked on some global challenges, the fight against poverty and hunger through economic growth and investments in agriculture, environmental protection, urbanization, youth employment and social policies to address ageing and support vulnerable populations, development aid, and combating inequalities, including among women and men, valid and disabled.
La Semaine africaine reported on 2 November on the UNFPA SWOP launch in Brazzaville by UNFPA Representative David Lawson, in the presence of the State Economy Minister Pierre Moussa, Youth Minister, Health Minister, Small and Middle Enterprises Minister, Vice Economy Minister, parliamentarians, ambassadors, UN agency heads, civil society leaders and the media in the context of the 7 billion world. Mr. Lawson outlined the challenges and opportunities at such a milestone for the world and Congo. He thus focused on urbanization, youth, ageing, agriculture, health and education and financing for development. The State Economy Minister outlined the Government policies implemented to address the challenges of global demographic growth. Read in French: La Semaine africaine
CUBA: Between 31 October and 6 November, Cuban media reported activities related to the arrival of the planet to the 7 billion people and the launching of The State of World Population 2011, pointing out some of its most important aspects. Read and View in Spanish: Cuba TV, Sitio Web del Sistema Informativo de la TV Cubana, Cuba TV, Sitio Web del Sistema Informativo de la TV Cubana, Mujeres, Publicación semanal, Cuba Sí (Tomado de la Agencia de Información Nacional), Radio Surco (Tomado de la Agencia de Información Nacional), La Demajagua digital, Prensa Latina, GIS XXI, Radio Reloj, Solvisión, Cuba Vision, Juventud Rebelde, Radio Rebelde, IPS, IPS, Granma, Periódico 26, Asociación Cubana de las Naciones (ACNU).
DPR OF KOREA: The Korean Central News Agency on 1 November and Pyongyang Times on 5 November reported on the UNFPA country office advocacy event celebrating the day of 7 billion and the release of the State of World Population report. The event was held at Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang. Participants viewed the video, “United World.”
FINLAND: Multiple, web, radio and broadcasting media outlets reported on the world of 7 billion referring to the State of World Population report and UNFPA between 23 and 31 October. Most of the articles conveyed a balanced message on challenges and possibilities related to population dynamics. Local partners including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national UN Associations, who participated in organizing the launch events, also published information about the SWOP launch events. Read, view and listen in Finnish: Helsingin Sanomat, Helsingin Sanomat, Maailma, Hufvudstadsbladet, YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Services, MTV3, Nelonen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Global Finland portal, UNA-Finland, Väestöliitto-Finnish Family Planning Association
GUATEMALA: Prensa Libre on 31 October published an op-ed by Carolina Vasquez Araya which quoted figures provided by the UNFPA during the launch of The State of World Population 2011 which revealed that of the 14,713,000 people in Guatemala, 7.4 million are poor, and of these, 2.2 million people survive in abject poverty. 75 percent of the Maya, Garifuna and Xinca are living in poverty, and most women are excluded from the benefits of development. Read in Spanish Prensa Libre
GUYANA: The Guyana Chronicle on 1 November reported on the launch of the SWOP report at the Georgetown Club. Ms. La Fleur was a featured speaker at the event. Read in English: Guyana Chronicle
JAMAICA: Multiple media outlets reported on 31 October to 5 November on the State of World Population report launch in Jamaica. Read in English: Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Observer, Jamaica Observer, The Gleaner and TV Jamaica
LEBANON: The Daily Star reported on 31 October on the 7 billion Campaign. The article adopts a global approach and describes UNFPA’s campaign and its main themes. The article provides global statistics illustrating population trends and quotes UN Secretary general and UNFPA Executive Director and mentions the 2011 State of World Population Report. Read in English: Daily Star.
MONGOLIA: Multiple media outlets from 26 October to 31 October reported on the release of the State of World Population 2011. The UB Post, Mongol Messenger and Unuudur printed the statement of UNFPA Mongolia Representative Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin. The Mongol News Press broadcast the press conference to launch SWOP. Mr. S. Mendsaikhan, Chairman of the National Statistics Office, Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin, UNFPA Representative, Ms. B. Oyun, UNFPA NPO and Mr. A. Amarbal, Chairman of the Census Bureau participated in the press conference.
NAMBIA: The Nambian on 1 November published an article on the challenges and opportunities facing a world of seven billion. The SWOP report is briefly mentioned in the article saying that the report, “report highlights how the world will face growing problems finding jobs for the new army of young people, especially in poor countries. It also sounds alarms over how climate change and population growth are adding to drought and famine crises; the management of megacities like Tokyo; and ageing populations such as Europe’s.” Read in English: The Namibian
NORWAY: Multiple, web, radio and broadcasting media outlets reported on the world of 7 billion referring to the State of World Population report and UNFPA between 23 and 31 October. Most of the articles conveyed a balanced message on challenges and possibilities related to population dynamics. These stories included quotes from UNFPA Exexutive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and Rep. Mr. Rune Fröseth and citings of UNFPA data. Information about the SWOP launch events was also published by local partners including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national UN Associations, who participated in organizing the launch events.Read, view and listen in Norwegian: Bistandsaktuelt, Adressa.no, Pd.no, Hadeland, Arbeits rett, Vestby avis,Ringblad.no, Namdalsavisen, Hordaland, Demokraten, FVN.no, Smp.no, Agder posten,Tidens Krav ,Glåm dalen, Dagsavisen, Dagbladet, Aftenposten, ABCNyheter, TV2 News, Dagsavisen, Aftenposten, ABCNyheter, Dagsavisen, Hegnar online, Dagbladet, TV2 News, NRK Norwegian national TV, NRK, Dagsavisen/TV daily news, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Press release, UNA-Norway
OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY: Multiple media outlets reported on 2 November on the press conference, organized by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and UNFPA on the occasion of the launching of the “State of World Population Report 2011” by UNFPA and “The State of Palestinian Population Report” by PCBS. The press conference touched various issues related to population through history and projections until 2025. “UNFPA expects population growth until 2050. The increase is especially noticed in Gaza Strip as 1.7m live in Gaza in a 360 km2 area; the world’s most populated area” said Ms. Barbara Piazza-Georgi, UNFPA Representative. “In the next 20 years, the figure is expected to double in Gaza alone” she continued. The press conference was followed by an exhibition that was organized by Sharek Youth Forum and funded by UNFPA entitled “Palestine in the world of Seven Billion: Faces & Numbers" which was a display of Palestinian faces from different sects of the population, and facts about the Palestinian population on various indicators. Read in Arabic: Wafa News Agency, Maan News, Panet, Al Arab, Al Ayyam Newspaper, Manar Radio, PalToday, Al-Quds Newspaper
RWANDA: Imvaho Nshya and New Times on 1 November reported on the launch of SWOP 2011. UN Resident Coordinator, Aurélien Agbénonci,is quoted in the piece saying “The issue of the ‘World at 7 billion’ entails concerns of poverty and inequality, women and girls, young people, reproductive health and rights, environment, aging and urbanization.”
SIERRA LEONE: New Vision on 4 November reported that the Administrative Manager for Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) disclosed to journalists that the UNFPA Country Representative, Md. Ratidzai Ndhlovu is most outstanding in the fight for women’s empowerment in Sierra Leone. Mr. Ahmed Saybon Kanu agreed with the UNFPA Rep. in her speech on the launch of the World Population Report for women’s protection and empowerment. On the issue of population growth in the world at seven billion, Mr. Kanu said population growth is critical for humanity adding that the population question is one of human equity and opportunity that is evaluated along sustainable development lines.
New Citizen on 3 November reported that the Administrative Manager of Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) has, on behalf of SSL, acclaimed the UNFPA through the Country Representative for being the leading financier of SSL.
Addressing journalists and a cross section of SSL staff at its headquarters on Tuesday 1 November, Mr. Ahmed Saybon Kanu re-echoed the speech of the UNFPA Country Representation during the launch of the World Population Report which among others underscored that the global population reached 7 billion on 31 October. According to Mr. Kanu, the pace of population growth is both a challenge and an opportunity for Sierra Leone to continue and even strengthen its free health care delivery service within the framework of the Agenda for Change with support from UNFPA and other development partners.
SWEDEN: Multiple, web, radio and broadcasting media outlets reported on the world of 7 billion referring to the State of World Population report and UNFPA between 23 and 31 October. Most of the articles conveyed a balanced message on challenges and possibilities related to population dynamics. These included a joint Op-Ed Babatunde Osotimehin and Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, an interview with ED Babatunde Osotimehin, an interview with UNFPA demographer Ralph Hakkert, and an interview with Mr. Heimo Laakkonen of UNFPA. Information about the SWOP launch events was also published by local partners including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national UN Associations, who participated in organizing the launch events. Read, view and listen in Swedish: Dagens Industri, Dagens Nyheter, Dagens Nyheter; Svenska Dagbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgsposten, Swedish National TV News Services, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Göteborgsposten, Swedish National TV News Service, Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko, Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko; Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko; Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko, Sveriges Radio Sisuradio, Sveriges Radio Klartext, Sveriges Radio Studio Ett, Sveriges Radio P1-Morgon, Swedish National TV: SVT 1 Rapport, TV4 Nyheterna, Ministry for Foreign Affairs: SWOP launch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Minister Carlsson’s speech, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Press release, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Joint Op Ed Babatunde Osotimehin and Minister Carlsson, UNA-Sweden: SWOP launch, RFSU-Swedish Family Planning Association: SWOP launch
TAJIKISTAN: Avesta.Tj on 31 October reported that according to The State of World Population 2011 report, published by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on 31 October the world population reached the 7 billion mark. Read in Russian: Avesta.Tj
Khovar on 31 October reported on the birth of the country’s 7 billion baby and quoted statistics from the State of World Population 2011 report. Read in Russian: Khovar
Asia Plus on 31 October published a quote by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin who said that achieving the seven billion population mark "may be considered a challenge, opportunity and a call for action." The article also used information for the SWOP 2011 report. Read in Russian: AsiaPlus
TIMOR-LESTE: Suara Timor Lorosae on 31 October announced the launch of the 2011 State of World Population Report and welcoming the 7 billionth baby in Timor-Leste at the Auditorium of the Dili National Hospital. The article also quoted the UNFPA ED in his message “The issue of population is a critical one for our humanity and for the earth. But let us be clear: it is not a matter of space. The population question is one of human equity and opportunity.”
The Dilli Weekly on 1 November covered the day of 7 billion as well as the launch of UNFPA’s State of World Population report. The story included a quote from UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin.
TUNISIA: Assabah, TAP Press Agency, MAP Press Agency, Binaa News Agency, Tunisie Numérique and Al Maghrib Al Siyasi, reported on 31 October, and 1 and 3 November that UNFPA launched the State of World Population 2011 report, entitled “People and possibilities in a world of 7 billion.” The articles provide an overview of the seven messages of the report, as well as global trends and population issues and mention the 7 Billion Campaign accompanying the launch of the report. Read in French: TAP, Tunisie Numérique Read in Arabic: Assabah
Hannibal TV, Nessma TV, Al Hiwar Al Tounisi and Télevion Nationale Tunisienne I broadcast on 2 November different statements quoted from the press conference organized in the United Nations Information Center in Tunis. The official presentation of the SWOP report was delivered by Assistant Representative of the UNFPA in Tunisia Dr. Leila Saiji Joudane. Dr. Joudane gave, in her opening speech, a summary presentation of the report components while emphasizing the potential of Tunisian youth. Watch in Arabic: TNT I, Nessma TV and Hannibal TV
Shems FM, Mosaique FM, Express FM, Radio Gafsa, RTCI and Radio Jeunes reported on 2 November the various interviews of Dr. Leila Saiji Joudane, Assistant Representative in Tunisia, who presented the SWOP report and the trends and population dynamics that define a world of 7 billion people advocating for additional investments in youth and increased participation of women and youth in all areas. She emphasized that reinforcing gender equality is essential to the world's future and that we cannot afford to lose the full potential of half the world’s population.
URUGUAY: Several media outlets reported on 31 October and 1 November that UNFPA presented, at the Pereira Rossell Hospital, the State of World Population 2011 analyzing population and demographic trends worldwide. Several media cited Fernando Filgueira, UNFPA’s assistant representative, on national demographic challenges including establishing mechanisms to ensure care services for dependant population groups (children 0-3, older people and people with disabilities) to unleash women’s participation in the workforce. In addition, the role of guaranteeing access to sexual and reproductive rights was reinforced. Read and watch more in Spanish: Canal 10, VTV (1), VTV (2), Oceano FM, Telégrafo
ALBANIA: Top Channel on 23 October broadcast a feature piece on the 7 billion milestone. View with English subtitles: Top Channel
Top Channel on 28 October featured an interview of UNFPA Albania PDS Programme Analyst Ms. Flora Ismaili talking about the 7 billion and UNFPA. View in Albanian: Top Channel
BANGLADESH: New Age on 26 October published a photo of the National Youth Forum forming a human chain in front of the National Press Club to create awareness of planned and nuclear families. The event was part of UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions Campaign.
BRAZIL: Veja magazine reported on 31 October that a child born this day in Brazil will live on a planet with more than 7 billion people. In 2100, when he or she turns 89 the elderly over 80 years will represent the largest portion of the population (13.3% of Brazilians). Is Brazil prepared to grow old with this baby? UNFPA Representative in Brazil, Harold Robinson, who recently launched the State of World Population 2011 report, is quoted saying that Brazil is in a good moment and is relatively ahead of the rest of the world in this regard, “even though there are many steps ahead." In his interview, Robinson stressed that, "Brazil now has more people of working age than dependents - children and elderly, who do not work. This window of opportunity must be seized, because there will come a time when the picture begins to change. With the increase in life expectancy the proportion of elderly will increase a lot. " Read in Portuguese: Veja
Isto É magazine reported on 28 October that Bosnian boy Adnan Nevic is one of the few celebrities of Visoko, a town near the capital Sarajevo. His fame is the result of a decision made by the UN in 1999, when he was chosen from the rubble of the Bosnian War to represent the population of 6 billion in our planet. More than a decade later the arrival of his successor is predicted for 31 October. "The world population will continue to grow and we need to be prepared for it," says Richard Kollodge, editor of a United Nations report on population released last week. Read in Portuguese: Isto É
BURKINA FASO: Le Pays and Sidwaya on 26 October reported on the cycle race, which took place on 23 October. This race is the launch of the countdown of the day of the 7 billion inhabitants. It was chaired by the Secretary Permanent of National Council of Population (CONAPO) in the presence of the Representative of the UNFPA/Burkina Dr Mamadou KANTE and the Technical Adviser of the Ministry of the Economy and Finances, representing the Minister of the Economy and Finances. Twenty-five women participated in the race. Their participation was greeted by the Representative of the UNFPA Dr. Mamadou Kanté who in his interview pointed out that an educated woman can change the world.
CAMBODIA: Voice of Democracy (VOD) Radio reported on 26 October that investing in young people is needed as the world reaches 7 billion people, according to a UNFPA press release.
Dr. Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director noted in the press statement that as the world tops 7 billion, it is important to plan and invest in human issues and empower people – it’s not only good for themselves but also for the world. He continued that the world can have sustainable city development and that young people can contribute to the labour force and a productive economy.
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Le Pari africain reported on 26 October on a series of activities initiated by UNFPA from 24 October until World Human Rights Day on 10 December in conjunction with the milestone of a world at 7 billion people to be reached by 31 October 2011, worldwide and in several cities of the Republic of Congo. These activities included the launch of the 2011 State of the World Population report, TV spots and clips, media events, population-related activities and conferences around the country.
EGYPT: Almasry Alyoum reported on 26 October on the 7 billion milestone and quotes UNFPA Egypt Technical Advisor on Population and Development Abdullah Zoubi and mentions a UNFPA-sponsored art exhibit entitled, "Youth in Arab States: Changing the World for the Better" and featuring the work of members of Y-Peer. Read in English: Almasry Alyoum
GEORGIA: Various media outlets reported that on 24 October, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Georgia and the Georgian National Museum held an event “Georgia in the World of 7 Billion” at the National Museum of Georgia. Mr. George Tsereteli, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA Assistant Representative Mr. Zaza Chelidze, Executive Director of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, Ms. Manana Kavtaradze, Head of International Relations Division, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Mr. David Lortkipanidze, Director of the National Museum made the speeches at the event highlighting the paramount significance of the 7 billion world population for Georgia and the whole planet.
The event was concluded with the awarding ceremony of the journalists participating in the contest on the best media coverage on Youth Issues in Georgia, 2011 organized by UNFPA/Georgia and conducted in the framework of a global initiative – The 7 Billion Actions Campaign. Watch in Georgian: PalitraTV, ITV. Read in English: Georgia Today, InterPressNews, Parliament. Read in Georgian: EPN, Heretifm, Mtavari, Trialeti. Read in Russian: News Georgia
GUATEMALA: CERIGUA on 24 October reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched the world anthem "Unite," which was conducted by 50 musicians from 13 countries, to commemorate the beginning of the countdown to 31 October when it is projected that the world population will reach seven billion. Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
CERIGUA on 27 October reported that the few people who own the planet are destroying the resources that belongs to all, so on the milestone to of 7 billion people it is necessary to rethink new ways of producing and distributing wealth in the world according to Leonor Calderón, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Guatemala. Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
INDONESIA: The Jakarta Post published an article on 22 October on the commemoration of the World at 7 Billion in Yogyakarta, entitled: Global demographic challenges remain unresolved: UNFPA. The article quoted Nobuko Horibe, the UNFPA Asia Pacific Director, as saying that despite its huge impact in various sectors, population growth is a relatively recent phenomenon. In 1804, the global population was at one billion. Only recently has it increased significantly. In 2020, India will overtake China as the most populous country in the world. “If we look at the Asia-Pacific region, its population is currently at about 4 billion, or about 60 percent of the world population. Our share of 60 percent will go down gradually by 2050, while Africa will continue to increase,” said Horibe.
She added that population growth was not just a matter of figures. “It’s much more about how we are educated and employed, how boys and girls are treated and how much access we have to sexual and reproductive health services.”
Despite the commitment made in the ICPD in Cairo in 1994, the reality is still far from what we promise to do. Former UNFPA executive Director and currently Special Envoy to the HIV/AIDS in Asia and Pacific highlighted that many promises in the area of reproductive and sexual health remained undelivered. “After the ICPD, the issue of gender equality showed some progress but there were still some challenges that still had to be quickly overcome.” Read in English: The Jakarta Post
LEBANON: LBC reported on 30 October on the imminent birth of the 7 billion baby. The 2-minute report was screened within the peek-time news bulletin. It featured two newborn Lebanese girls and addressed the main challenges awaiting future generations in Lebanon. The report provided national statistics on poverty, women and youth. UNFPA was directly mentioned with a screenshot of the UNFPA CO website. Watch in Arabic: LBC
MTV reported on 30 October on water scarcity in a world of 7 billion. The 2-minute report was screened within the peek-time news bulletin and provided global UNFPA statistics on the availability of drinking water in light of population projections in the coming years.
Several media outlets reported on 26 October on the initiative UNFPA is leading to welcome Lebanese newborn babies on 31 October, which marks the day the world will be reaching 7 Billion people. This event aims to concretize the symbolic importance of the 7 Billion day and is organized jointly with the Ministry of Public Health and the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 17 public hospitals throughout Lebanon. On that day, midwives will be distributing welcome packages to newborns and their mothers. The package includes promotional material centered around the 7 billion logo and messages as well as informative pamphlets providing guidance on neonatal, family planning and sexual and reproductive health. The media was invited to cover the event. Read in Arabic: El Nashra, UPI, Vision News, Arabs Today, Al Ittihad, Al Markazia, Al Haraka
Al Hayat reported on 26 October on the 7 Billion Campaign. This article is part of the media-UNFPA Lebanon partnership to increase understanding about the specific challenges implied on Lebanon by a world population of 7 billion. This article is the first in a series of three. It provides a general approach to the campaign and to its rationale, in addition to a number of global trends on several issues, such as life expectancy, fertility and inequality. Read in Arabic: Al Hayat
Al Diyar reported on 24 October on the start of countdown to 7 billion. The article also included a brief overview of the campaign’s main themes. Read in Arabic: Al Diyar
Lebanon Files reported on 29 and 30 October on UNFPA’s 7 Billion Campaign. This one-page article appeared in the website’s special corner. The article describes the campaign led by UNFPA and focuses on the challenges facing Lebanon. The article also mentioned the UNFPA’s joint initiative with the Ministry of Public Health consisting of welcoming newborns in 18 Lebanese hospitals on the day of 7 Billion. Read in Arabic: Lebanon Files
Al Balad published “For your Information,” a statistical section on the 7 Billion Campaign on 30 October. This article is part of the media-UNFPA Lebanon partnership to increase understanding of the specific challenges implied on Lebanon by a world population of 7 billion. This article is the last section in a series of 4 weekly sections. Entitled “Reproductive Health: A Basic Right”, the article provides a statistical snapshot on maternal health in Lebanon. The article also mentions UNFPA Lebanon’s efforts for empowering women making quality SRH services and information available and in preventing gender Based Violence.
MALAWI: The Nation reported on 26 October that on 31 October the world’s population will reach seven billion and that UNFPA country representative Athanase Nzokirishaka said his organisation has since unveiled a new website called 7 Billion Actions as part of its activities to mark the event. The website, according to UNFPA, will give the UN, local governments, economists and NGOs access to data predicting population growth over time. Read in English: The Nation
NAMIBIA: The Namibian on 27 October reported on the impacts of a 7 billion population. “The world population will reach seven billion on October 31, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which country representative Fabian Byomuhangi said presents a serious challenge, opportunity and call to manage the world’s resources more prudently.” Read in English: The Namibian
NICARAGUA: Semanario Confidencial reported on 28 October that while population growth is measured mainly in terms of its impact on food security, resources, reproductive health, international migration, unemployment and environmental sustainability, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, prefers to see it more positively. Read in Spanish: Semanario Confidencial
PHILIPPINES: The Manila Bulletin on 30 October published an op-ed saying that sometime Sunday, a baby was born, and the world’s population reached seven billion. The birth came a day ahead of what the United Nations has proclaimed as The Day of 7 Billion. It as much a milestone in human history as it is a worldwide cause for deep concern. In the UN World Population Fund’s (UNFPA) list of the world’s most populous countries, the Philippines ranks 12th. That means one in every 73 persons on the planet live here. To Ugochi Daniels, the UNFPA’s country representative in the Philippines, “the challenge is responding to the needs of these young people by providing them with life skills, including proper information about their sexuality, that will allow them to better plan their lives and contribute to nation-building.” Read in English: Manila Bulletin
The Manila Bulletin on 30 October published an editorial saying there will be seven billion people sharing Earth’s land and other resources by October 31, 2011, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA is leading a global campaign to build awareness on the opportunities and challenges of a world of seven billion people, to be launched on October 31, 2011 – “7 Billion Day” – when it will also release its annual State of World Population report, titled “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.” Read in English: Manila Bulletin
SIERRA LEONE: Standard Times published on 28 September that late in October, a child will be born, the 7th billion citizen of planet earth. We will never know the circumstance into which he or she will be born. We know that the baby will enter a world of vast unpredictable change.
The world population has tripled since the United Nations was created in 1945. And our numbers keep growing and corresponding pressure on land, energy, food and water. The global economy is generating pressures as well: these trends link the fate and future of today’s seven billion people as never before. No nation alone can solve the great global challenges of the twenty first century. International cooperation is a universal need.
SOUTH AFRICA: Sowetan reported on 26 October on the UNFPA's 31 October 7 billion milestone. Read in English: Sowetan
TANZANIA: The Citizen on 26 October reported that Tanzanians have been strongly urged to take responsibility and act for the good of development as the world's population reaches 7 billion at the end of this month. This was said by UNFPA Representative Dr. Julita Onabanjo on the official countdown of towards the birth of the 7 billionth child.
The Sunday Guardian on 30 October reported that Tanzanian families too large. With projections that the world population will hit seven billion on 31 October, UNFPA has revealed that many Tanzanians have larger families than they can afford.
TOGO: Togo Presse on 26 October highlighted the celebrations of the 66th anniversary of the United Nations on 24 October under the “7 Billion Actions Campaign.” The celebration, held at a dinner party in the gardens of the Hotel Sarakawa in Lomé witnessed the presence of a cross-section of Togo’s political, traditional and economic elites as well as United Nations’ Representatives and Personnel. In her welcoming speech, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations’ System in Togo, Ms. Khardiata Lo N’diaye, expressed felicitation to the President of the Republic and his Head of Government on the occasion on the election of Togo as a non-permanent member state of the UN Security Council. She further underscored the historic aspect of the year 2011; a year where, according to UNFPA statistics, the world will be counting 7billion inhabitants. Ms. Lo N’diaye concluded by stressing the necessity of putting into place strategic orientation plans in order to face the challenges that a world of 7billion inhabitants would present.
TURKEY: The Hürriyet Daily News reported on 30 October that the day the world population reaches 7 billion is not a cause for alarm. “Our projection is that if current trends continue, the population of Turkey will reach 100 million by 2050, so I’m not very worried. But if you push too hard to have more children it could lead to issues. Many cities like Istanbul are so crowded already,” Dr. Zahidul Huque, the U.N. Population Fund’s (UNFPA) representative in Ankara, said in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News. Read in English: Hürriyet Daily News
UGANDA: The Observer on 30 October published an article quoting UNFPA Uganda Country Representative Janet Jackson. “We need to stop and ponder on how we can make this space which we all share together a better place,” Jackson said. “There is need to ensure families are planned and that every child is wanted. This will lead to families that are cared for. Individual decisions are very important in determining global population growth.” Jackson also advises that priority be given to women and girls because “when women are healthy and educated they trigger progress in their families, communities and nations.” Read in English: The Observer
New Vision published an editorial on 28 October urging Uganda to “tackle causes of high population growth.” “If we want to pay more than lip service to reducing our population growth rates – among the fastest in the world, we need to pay particular attention to women’s welfare and encourage their empowerment.” UNFPA data is quoted throughout.
UNITED STATES: PBS' "To the Contrary"on 28 October broadcast an interview with UNFPA Executive Director on the 7 billion. His piece starts at the 16:04 mark. View in English: PBS
UNITED KINGDOM: BBC on 28 October broadcast a programme on the 7 billion featuring UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde. Listen in English: BBC
URUGUAY: Several media outlets reported on 29 October that the world population was to reach 7 billion, and coinciding with this occasion UNFPA and Montevideo City Council organized a parade of candombe, a musical genre with African roots that was declared humankind heritage by UNESCO. Hundreds of drums and dancers took to Montevideo’s city center. In addition, a population counter was installed in a public screen on Intendencia’s Square from which Montevideans could follow population reaching 7 billion. Read more in Spanish: Canal 10, La República, Subrayado y Causa Abierta.
Several media outlets reported on 28 October that while the world was expecting its 7 billionth inhabitant, several web applications allowed individuals to discover how many people lived at the moment of every person’s birth. Read more in Spanish: Montevideo.com, El País, Subrayado and El Observador.
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 28 October that the world population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October. To mark this important milestone, a gala night on “The World at 7 Billion – Counting on Each Other” was held in Ha Noi on 27 October, by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations in Viet Nam. Speaking at the gala night, the Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said “This gala shows a commitment from the government of Viet Nam on joining efforts for a healthy planet and healthy people”.
The 7 billion milestone is a challenge, it is an opportunity and it is a call to action. “We are here today – different ages, careers, cultures, nationalities and languages – but let the power of music brings us together. I am one of 7 billion. You are one of 7 billion. Each of us has a unique role and shared responsibility to address issues that affect us all towards inclusive, equitable and sustainable development,” said Mr. Bruce Campbell, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam. Read the in Vietnamese: Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi (Family and Society), Song Tre, Tien Phong and Nhan Dan
Concord Times, New Citizen, New Vision, Independent Observer and the Exclusive reported on 6 October that UNFPA Country Representative Ratidzai Ndhlovu heaped loads of praises on the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Md. Sia Nyama Koroma for her relentless effort and dedication to the reduction of maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.
Making a statement at the opening ceremony of a three-day forum for traditional and religious leaders in Kabala, organized by the Office of the First Lady in collaboration with the UNFPA,
Md. Ndhlovu expressed great satisfaction of Md. Sia Nyama Koroma’s continued commitment to engaging traditional and religious leaders across the country to address the issue of maternal mortality and teenage pregnancies in their communities. The UNFPA Representative reiterated the commitment theFirst Lady has shown in the cause of women’s maternal health since the launch of her initiative in 2008.
Md. Ratidzai Ndhlovu said that UNFPA is supporting traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to undertake sensitization on maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy reduction in the communities. In a recent meeting with the TBAs, they highlighted the issue of birth waiting homes as a priority because of the distance and road networks that hinder quick access to health facilities by pregnant women.
She however appealed to the traditional and religious leaders and all present to support UNFPA’s efforts in saving the lives of mothers. “Save one life and God will bless you forever,” she concluded.
The New Vision reported on 3 October that the Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone opened its ultra modern maternity unit in Freetown.
At the official opening, the UNFPA Country Representative Ratidzai Ndhlovu called on all Sierra Leoneans to support the implementation of two great activities that were launched in 2010 – the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) and the Free Health Care initiative for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five.
She said that without the provision of quality sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning and related gender issues, Sierra Leone will not meet the Millennium Development Goals 3, 4 and 5.
The Salone Times on 19 September reported that a two-day consultative meeting on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation ended on 16 September at the Hotel 5:10 in Freetown.
The objective of the meeting was to improve the harmonization, alignment and management of programmes that address adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health. It also aimed to improve community and young people’s participation in the development and implementation of adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health national multi-sectoral programme.
UNFPA Assistant Representative, Mrs. Mariama Diarra, stated that the UNFPA Country Representative, Md. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, was the brain behind the multi-sectoral programme aimed at ensuring the prevention of young people from teenage pregnancy.
The Concord Times, New Citizen and New Vision on 12 September reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) donated 38 computers and accessories worth over $77,000 to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development at an impressive ceremony in the conference room of the Ministry. The donation is to improve the service delivery systems of the 19 local councils nationwide in the area of data collection and analysis.
According to the Assistant Representative of UNFPA, Mrs. Mariama Diarra, the United Nations Joint Vision programme in Sierra Leone, which focuses on data collection, supported the donation. Receiving the items, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Dauda Kamara, thanked UNFPA and expressed delight to receive the donation. He asserted that it was encouraging to note that donor partners were responding to the needs of the ministry to deliver service to the people.
Africa: Afrique en Ligne reported on 9 September that UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, at a meeting on sexual and reproductive health commodity, stated voluntary family planning and a steady supply of contraceptives was a national priority for saving women’s lives. UNFPA Spokesperson Abubakar Dungus is quoted in the articles saying that, “worldwide, at least 200 million women want to use safe and effective family planning methods but are unable to do so.” Adding that, “In 2007, UNFPA launched a global programme to help countries adopt predictable and planned methods of securing reproductive health supplies and ensuring their use. With more than US$300 million mobilized so far, the initiative has helped many of the neediest countries improve their reproductive health supplies.” Read in English: Afrique en Ligne
Nigeria: This Day reported on 8 September on the gathering at the United Nations headquarters of First Ladies, ministers and development experts to discuss their challenges and successes in maternal and reproductive health commodity security. The article stated that, “In 2001, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a global programme to help countries adopt predictable and planned methods of securing reproductive health supplies and ensuring their use. With more than $300 million mobilised so far, the initiative has helped many of the neediest countries improve their supplies. It also encouraged governments to view commodity security as an essential prerequisite in their efforts to improve the sexual and reproductive health of their populations.”
Sierra Leone: Cocorioko reported on 8 September that Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mrs. Zainab Bangura was interviewed at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) High-Level Meeting on Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodity. In her interview she highlighted some health care programmes implemented by President Ernest Bai Koroma and outlined some of the distribution challenges she faced. Mrs. Bangura thank UNFPA for all their support. Read in English: Cocorioko
The Patriotic Vanguard reported on 9 September on the UN meeting on reproductive health whose goals, according to UNFPA officials, were to “find ways to bridge the gaps in essential supplies to save the lives and health of millions of women in developing countries.” Read in English: The Patriotic Vanguard
Awoko on 31 August reported that the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a sensitization forum for pregnant women on the use of female condoms at the government hospital in Kenema.
The National Coordinator for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Sister Hossainatu Kanu, said the female condom plays a major role in preventing the unborn child from contracting HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
The HIV Officer for UNFPA, Ms. Nyaibor Ngombu, explained that the female condom offers dual protection to women against STIs and unwanted pregnancies. She further intimated to her audience that female condoms will increase the woman’s confidence in herself, adding that child spacing is very important for a family as it ensures the wise use of family resources and a healthier family growth.
New Vision Newspaper 19 August reported that the review and update of the national population policy for development, progress and welfare has been validated to meet critical challenges for national rehabilitation, reconstruction and development. In an interview with the UNFPA Component Manager, Population and Development in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development revealed that Sierra Leone subscribes to the principles and Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
He said that unlike the development problems during the war years that hampered the smooth implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, the peaceful atmosphere currently prevailing in the country accords a renewed opportunity for the nation to re-launch the implementation of the population policy.
The New Citizen reported on 19th August 2011 that the Director of the National AIDS Control programme, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Momodu Sesay said in Freetown that recent reports indicate a rapid decline in HIV/AIDS transmission in the country, especially mother-to-child transmission.
The pronouncement was made at a three-day training programme for nurses and midwives, organized by the National AIDS Commission in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme and the UNFPA. According to the Director, the achievements in the fight against is as a result of the active intervention of the people, donor partners and government, adding that such an accolade is for all Sierra Leoneans. The UNFPA HIV Officer, Nyaibor Ngombu assured the trainees and the Government of Sierra Leone of her organization’s continued support.
Concord Times reported on 4 August that with funding provided by UNFPA, the Matei Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MATCOPS) in Kabala, Koinadugu District launched an outlet to access condoms at the Kabala Community Bank in Kabala Town. District HIV/AIDS Councillor, Staff Nurse Esther Conteh said that the outlet is for adults to have easy access to condoms when needed. Read: Concord Times
Independent Observer reported on 3 August that with funding from UNFPA, The Matei Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MATCOPS) in Kabala, Koinadugu District, in Northern Sierra Leone launched an outlet to access condoms at the Kabala Community Bank in Kabala town. The District HIV/AIDS Counselor, Staff Nurse Esther Conteh stated that the outlet is for adults to have easy access to condoms when needed. She said that the outlet will tremendously help in the control and prevention of HIV and AIDS and encouraged the public and youth to make good use of it in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the district.
Concord Times reported on 3 August that UNFPA has taken the lead in training all 19 Local Councils in Data Management Systems countrywide. UNFPA Assistant Country Representative, Mariama Diarra said the training was the second for local councils in data management systems and results based management. She said that availability of quality socio-economic demographic statistics in Sierra Leone was seriously hampered by a combination of low economic and human development with a fragile situation resulting from a decade of civil war. Ms. Diarra noted that the training was part of the United Nations support to the improvement of data for development planning, monitoring and evaluation in the implementation of the Agenda for Change.
New Citizen reported on 22 July that a delegation from Americans for UNFPA and staff of the UNFPA country office in Sierra Leone visited the Women In Crisis Movement (WICM) facilities in Calaba Town and Kissy Dockyard. The aim of the visit was to get first hand information on the operations of WICM who are supported by UNFPA. Angeline Martyn, Americans for UNFPA Director of Communication and Marketing, described WICM as trustworthy and further disclosed that Juliana Konteh was one of the two winners of their Excellence Award which will be presented to the winners in October this year in New York.
The Peep Magazine reported on 22 July that to facilitate the delivery of the country's free health care services, UNFPA recently donated three trucks to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.