Biznes-Vestnik Vostoka reported on 5 October that Tashkent hosted round table meetings on 29-30 September on issues of strengthening the legal guarantees of women's rights in Uzbekistan and the legal guarantees of women's rights in family relations. The meetings were organized by the Women's Committee of Uzbekistan, in cooperation with the Uzbek national centre for human rights and the non-government organization Centre for Supporting Citizens' Initiatives, and in association with UNFPA.
El País reported on 5 October that the number of adolescents who become mothers is increasing in Uruguay. Each year, around 5,000 births are of a mother between 12 and 19 years old. In some departments, such as Rio Negro, the adolescent pregnancy index reaches 25 per cent. Social and health services are implementing initiatives to face this phenomenon. The article noted the report, “Adolescent reproduction and inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean” published by OIJ, ECLAC and UNFPA. Read in Spanish: El Pais
The Concord Times reported on 5 October that while accompanying her husband to the 65th UN General Assembly in New York, First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma gave multiple presentations on her work in improving maternal and child health in Sierra Leone, including an overview of her work, with support from UNFPA, in establishing a centre of excellence in Mattru Jong, Bonthe district. The Mattru hospital provides health care services for over 300,000 people in the area situated in the south of the country. In one presentation, Mrs. Koroma thanked developing partners such as the United Nations, with emphasis on UNFPA, for supporting her programs. She highlighted the government's initiative, which is the Agenda for Change, and called for more support from donors for its successful implementation. Read: Concord Times
Info-Prim Neo reported on 5 October that UNFPA donated two ambulances to the Chisinau-based National Calamity Medicine Center. The donation was made as part of the programme of assistance for Moldova, which is aimed at strengthening medical institutions' capacity to handle emergencies. The Land Rover Defender ambulances were made in the UK in 2010. UNFPA Country Director for Moldova Francois Farah said the units of transport will provide medical services of a high quality to a larger number of persons affected by calamities, especially pregnant women and children. Read: Info-Prim Neo
GNA reported on 5 October that Hajia Marie Issaka, Midwife of the Bongo Health Centre and a member of the Federation of Muslim women in Ghana, has been named Midwife Champion of the year. Her award followed her nomination by UNFPA as the best Midwife. Read: GNA
NIGER: Le Temoin, L’Enqueuteur and L’Independant Plus reported on 30 September and 5 October on the activities of the Day of Contraception celebrated on the 28 of September 2010 at the National Centre for Reproductive Health. The theme of this year was “your life - your responsibility.” UNFPA Representative Yacine Diallo underlined in his statement that family planning makes pregnancies less dangerous, prepares women for a better active life, allows families to spend more resources on each child and ameliorates the level of education and life of every family member.