The Philippine Star and the Manila Bulletin on 25 December and Shanghai Daily on 24 December and reported on aid being sent to the survivors of tropical storm Sendong. They reported that UNFPA mobilized funds and supplies to provide medical services to more than 12,000 pregnant and lactating women in the affected areas and that nearly 35,000 hygiene kits will be distributed to affected women and girls, including 4,200 mothers who are breastfeeding, in and around the evacuation centers. Read in English: The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Shanghai Daily
The Rasmei Kampuchea reported on 24 December that members of parliament have critical roles to address issues as a result of world population growth. About 20 Members of Parliament met at a workshop on “Population Dynamics, Family Planning and Implications in a world of 7 billion people” in the afternoon of 22 Dec at the National Assembly Palace. The objective of the workshop was to provide updated information on Cambodian people and challenges in a world of 7 billion people and to encourage them to have better policies for Cambodians. Dr. Marc Derveeuw, UNFPA Representative, highlighted the linkage between demography and implications. Key implications from the population growth include poverty, food security, migration for employment opportunity, urbanization, environment (climate change), health services, nutrition, gender, youth, reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, fertility and family planning.
Notícias reported on 23 December that the Minister of Health, Dr. Alexandre Manguele, led the health journalism awards ceremony in Maputo. “Mass media are vital to inform and sensitize the society on health matters,” Manguele is quoted as saying. The report mentions that the Ministry of Health with the support of UNFPA and other UN agencies organized the awards. Seven journalists received the awards.
Maghreb Arab Press on 23 December reported on the launch of the second national forum of peer educators under the theme, “Peer Educator: agent for change.” The forum was organized by the Ministry for Youth and Sports and the national peer educators network with the collaboration of UNFPA, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Directorate for National Cooperation, and the Rabeta of Oulemas (high religious consortium). The objectives of this forum that gathered 120 young people and representatives of similar networks from Tunisia and Algeria were to exchange experiences regarding the peer education approach and participation of youth, and also to establish a structure for this network along with a mechanism for its work and a work plan for 2012.
The Daily Monitor reported on 22 December that UNFPA donated 630 radio sets to Karimojong mothers as part of the healthy choices radio project.
The Daily Monitor on 22 December published an article on the country’s lack of qualified medical personnel and the launch of a new five-year strategy in which the Uganda Nurses and Midwife’s Council will weed out all nurses and midwives who are currently practicing without licenses. UNFPA Representative Janet Jackson was quoted at the end of the story as saying, “the challenge is for the council to mobilize resources to implement the plan." Read more in English: Daily Monitor
Bangladesh Today, The Independent, Prothom Alo and Kalerkantho on 21 December reported on a dissemination seminar organized jointly by the Internatioanl Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh(ICDDR, B) and UNFPA. The ICDDR,B conducted a survery on men's attitudes and practices regarding gender and violence against women in Bagladesh with the support of UNFPA and Partners for Prevention. The survey was released at the seminar. UNFPA Representative Arther Erken addressed seminar participants saying, "We need to nurture more gender equitable young men through our individual actions, through positive male role models, through effective policies and education programmes."
The Financial Express on 21 December published a piece by Strategic Directions Officer at UNFPA in Dhaka Tauhid Alam on the world at 7 billion. The article "provides some messages along with a few critical facts, figures and prognosis of global population trends as well as an analysis of global population challenges." Read in English: The Financial Express
Le Sahel reported on 21 December on the launch of the Campaign to Accelerate the Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) by Niger Republic President, Mr Issoufou Mahamadou. All the republic institutions Presidents, the two First Ladies, government members, ambassadors and chiefs of diplomatic missions, religious and traditional leaders and many health experts took part in this ceremony.
During the ceremony, the President of Republic announced his decision to create a high council for accelerating the reduction of maternal death in Niger.
In his speech on this occasion, the UNFPA Niger Representative, Dr. Edwige Adekambi Domingo, urged religious and traditional leaders to continue their actions of awareness of the populations for the adoption of best behaviour for maternal health.
Dr. Adekambi reiterated the commitment of technical and financial partners to support Niger in its efforts to fight against maternal mortality. Read in French: Le Sahel
The African on 21 December reported that in the spirit of Delivering as One in Tanzania, three UN agencies – UNFPA, UNICEF and UNWomen - jointly launched their global reports together with the Adolescent in Tanzania report. Commenting during the launch, Speaker of the National Parliament, the Hon. Anne Makinda, said UNFPA’s global report focuses on “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion,” the theme is particularly timely for Tanzania as we embark on the 2012 Population and Housing Census. “Population growth is a critical issue for Tanzania as it is with a number of other developing countries. Our country has one of the highest rates of population growth in the world; on average every Tanzania woman gives birth to five or six children,” Hon. Makinda further commented.
The Daily News on 21 December published an interview with a teenage girl, a grade four school drop out in Tanga region. Her neighbor, who later paid some monetary fine to the girl's parents and was let free, impregnated the girl. Teenage pregnancy is still a problem in some of the regions in Tanzania, but, to date, there is no definite law that states clearly that a pregnant girl should be allowed to continue with her studies. There have been pleas for the government to tackle the problem in order to give teenage girls a second chance in education. At a workshop organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the city this year, it was revealed that only 27 per cent of women in the country have access to family planning – a situation alarming as it results in uncontrollable population growth.
KPL on 21 December reported that the Ministry of Planning and Investment, in cooperation with UNFPA, announced the winners of the essay competition "The World at 7 billion: Opportunities, Challenges and Implications for Lao Development." The feature contest was part of the 7 Billion Actions Campaign, a global initiative led by UNFPA to highlight the critical role population changes play in shaping our world's future.
The Nigerian Television Authority and Tribune News on 20 December reported on the visit by UNFPA regional advisor Mr. Laurent Osagba and Mr. Audu Alayande to Maryam Abatcha Hospital in Sokoto to deliver over 100 mattresses and a 29 inch flat screen television set to the hospital's chief medical director.
In her welcome address the Director for Child Development, who is also UNFPA’s project coordinator Zubaida Abubakar, expressed the gratitude of her Ministry for all the contributions by UNFPA to the centre adding that this shows strong support for the women of Sokoto and most especially the fistula women.
The Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs Sokoto, Mrs. Nuhu Abubakar thanked UNFPA for coming to their aid, saying UNFPA is a great family. The Ministry of Women Affairs provide feeding and also give the women skills acquisitions after they are repaired for the period of six months before the women were integrated back to their communities.
Representing UNFPA, Mr. Laurent Osogba during the handing over ceremony expresses UNFPA's willingness to support the partnership in fighting for the promotion of quality health care for the women, and that the state should also focus on prevention of VVF.
In a similar development UNFPA is also supporting Borno state in VVF repairs and the hospital has repaired 34 patients as of today. With a bed capacity space of 15 and with more than 100 women on the waiting list, the Borno hospital has set a target of repairing 50 women before the end of December 2011.
All local newspapers and Petra News Agency reported on 20 December that the National Conference for the Prevention of Violence against Children and Women: “Reality and Challenges,” organized by the Jordan River Foundation, in cooperation with UNFPA and UNICEF in Jordan, was concluded yesterday.
The conference recommended the need to review all current legislation and policies to be compatible with the United Nations conventions. They also recommended identifying the role of the country in organizing awareness and media campaigns to strengthen knowledge and positive attitudes towards the prevention of all sorts of violence, and also its role in supporting and institutionalizing different programmes working on this issue.
The experts suggested that the United Nations in Jordan should work more on protecting vulnerable groups, specially people with disabilities.
The conference stressed the importance of the media in promoting positive images of family relationships, and the building of the capacities of journalists to cover all cases of violence as an important issue and a social disease and not as a news or headline.
It was also decided to hold the Second National Conference on 28 November 2012, which will be also in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNICEF. Also, it was agreed that a scientific periodically meeting should take place for the professionals network. Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Ad Dustour, Ad Dustour, Al Arabalyawm, Al Ghad, Petra News Agency and Petra News Agency
Belta reported on 20 of December that the musical band Open Space has become the ambassador of the youth network Y-peer. The band members and a representative of the UN/UNFPA in Belarus, Antonius Broek, signed the corresponding agreement. For the next two years, the musicians will officially represent the youth network and promote the key themes (which are responsible attitude towards their health, HIV/AIDS, how to protect themselves from drugs, say "no" and be able to resist peer pressure) among teenagers. Read in Russian: Belta
Sidwaya on 20 December reported on an interview with Burkina Faso country office Representative, Dr. Mamadou Kanté. This interview was conducted during the international conference on family planning, held from 28 November till 2 December in Dakar. Dr. Mamadou Kanté, UNFPA/Burkina Representative, said that, “This conference was an opportunity for many countries and Burkina Faso to learn more about family planning. We took advantage of other countries' family planning experiences...Burkina Faso had an opportunity to present some experiences and participated at many sessions of the conference.” Read in French: Sidwaya
All local newspapers and Petra News Agency reported on 19 December that the “First Jordanian National Conference for the Prevention of Violence against Children and Women: ‘Reality and Challenges’ was launched by the Jordan River Foundation/Queen Rania Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNICEF.
Also, and for the first time in Jordan, a network of Jordanian professionals to prevent all sort of violence against children was launched.
The Queen’s Representative, the Minister of Social Development Mrs. Nisreen Barakat, said that Jordan worked to develop an integrated work plan for all the legislative and executive institutions, and ratified and committed to all international conventions on human rights.
From his part, Mr. Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Representative in Jordan, said that the timing of this conference is very important as it comes days after we concluded the global annual 16 Days campaign to end violence against women which is marked every year from 25 November to 10 December.
The conference also comes at a very opportune time as the UN agencies are finalizing the UNDAF, the United Nations Assistance Framework for the coming five years and developing their detailed plans with their national partners. UNFPA and many other agencies have identified violence against women and children as a key area that we need to continue working closely on and we are hoping that the outcome of the conference will be a concrete road map that we can all turn to as we develop our detailed plans for the years to come.
He also affirmed that this issue is a top priority for the United Nations, stating that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in Jordan, has been working for the past five years with the Ministry of Health and many other partners to address this and to integrate the detection and care for women victims of violence within the health system in close coordination with UNICEF. We are looking for continued and expanded partnerships as we respond to your priorities and join hands with all partners to bring greater attention and speak as one against this unacceptable violation of human rights. Read in Arabic: Al Rai, Ad Dustour, Al Arabal, and Petra News Agency Read in English: Jordan Times
Sidwaya on 19 December published an article on a caravan press on repositioning family planning. This caravan press was organized by directions from the Minister of Heath and by the support (financial and technical) of UNFPA/Burkina. This activity provided journalists with an opportunity to assess the family planning situation in the southwest region of Burkina Faso. The journalists made an analysis of the repositioning of family planning in this region. They said that the rate of contraceptive prevalence was 21% in 2007 and 37% in 2009. This evolution of contraceptive prevalence is possible by the support of UNFPA/Burkina. Read in French: Sidwaya