Domingo and Rádio Moçambique reported on 18 April and Noticias reported on 17 April that UNFPA in Mozambique has joined the National Statistics Common Fund, with an annual contribution of USD$300,000. According to the papers, the MoU for the purpose was recently signed by Patricia Guzman, UNFPA Representative in Mozambique and João Loureiro, President of the National Institute of Statistics (INE). Ms. Guzman is quoted as saying that “UNFPA acknowledges the importance of INE in the collection, treatment and dissemination of quality statistical data” in Mozambique.
The Inquirer, The Liberian Observer and The Monitor reported on 18 April that the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “Healthy women would be the ones to carry the economy.” The Liberian leader made the remarks at the official launch of the Women's Health Commission (WHC) which is part of the WHO initiative to improve the health of African women on the continent. As part of activities for the launch of the Commission, Faustin Yao, Director, Sub Regional Office for West and Central Africa, UNFPA, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, Dr. Pascual Mocumbi, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Health and former Prime Minister of Mozambique, and Professor Gamal Serour, President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, among other visiting guests toured some health facilities and learning institutions in Monrovia. Read: The Inquirer, Liberian Observer, The Monitor
The New Age reported on 18 April that Bangladesh Medical Student Society, a non-profit organisation for the country’s public medical college students, has started working with WHO. The society president, Salah Uddin Mohammad, said their organisation got the membership of the International Federation of Medical Students Association working under the supervision of United Nations at the association’s 59th general meeting held in Thailand in March. He said the medical students of the country would now work in association with the WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA in the health sector covering reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, medical education, research and global health. Read: The New Age
Multiple media outlets reported on 12-18 April that UNFPA, along with the government of Argentina and the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) launched a campaign to address migrant women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The campaign seeks to promote migrant women’s sexual and reproductive rights, as well as the respect of such rights within state and public institutions. A new report states that the number of women from the Bolivian community in Argentina that face unwanted pregnancies is above the national average. Read in Spanish: EFE