Multiple media outlets reported on 14 July that UNFPA, in cooperation with NGO Social Initiatives Support Fund (SISF) conducted one-day Youth Action on Healthy Lifestyle at annual Summer Camp organized by NGO “Kelajak Ovozi” in Kashkadarya region. The action, organized in the form of small sport contests and quizzes, covered the topics of healthy lifestyle, in particular, prevention of HIV/AIDS and STIs, reproductive health and gender equality. In addition, quizzes included questions on the issues of population and development, to highlight the World Population Day, a flagship observance celebrated by UNFPA on 11 July, and launching of “The World at 7 Billion” campaign. Read: UzDaily. Read in Russian: CA-News
FM Bolivia reported on 14 July that the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, World Vision and UNFPA signed a memorandum of understanding to enable the project that allows the regularization of the documents in the Guarani communities located in the area of "Alto Parapetí", in the Chaco region of Santa Cruz. Read in Spanish: fmbolivia
Al-Rai and Al Arab Al Yawm reported on 14 July that four training workshops were conducted in Amman and Irbid for health services providers on how to deal with violence cases. The workshops, conducted by woman and child health directorate/MOH in cooperation with UNFPA, in Jordan and UNICEF, aim to strengthen the skills for the MOH staff to deal with the different cases of violence, in addition to raising their efficiency and capacities and to prepare them to be capable trainers for their colleagues. Read in Arabic: Al Rai and Al Arab Al Yawm
Georgia Today reported on 14 July that a conference arranged by UNFPA on 8 July brought together representatives from the Government, NGOs and international donor organizations to reveal the main findings of the 2010 Georgia Reproductive Health Survey, with the aim of putting forth relevant recommendations for further efforts in this field. Read: Georgia Today
FBC reported on 14 July that a report found that Fiji is doing much better than other Pacific countries in terms of reducing its maternal mortality (MM) rate says a United Nations Population Fund report. The report - titled: Policies and Strategies in Population and Reproductive Health - says Fiji’s maternal mortality rate has been on a downward trend for the past two decades compared to other Pacific Countries. Read: FBC
UN News Service reported on 14 July that UNICEF has lauded the efforts of Uganda, which has become the 20th country since 2000 to have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The article noted that the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination campaign in Uganda is supported by, among other agencies and NGOs, UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA.
Les Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 14 July on the opening of a third fistula treatment centre in Congo. UNFPA fistula programme started with two treatment centres in Brazzaville, in agreement with the Health Minister, UNFPA will create two additional centres to facilitate reference and treatment of patients. UNFPA Representative David Lawson made a donation of medical and surgical equipment to the Hospital Adolphe Cisse in Pointe-Noire. Mr. Lawson remarked on the centre’s prospects for providing medical care for fistula and addressing the social stigma surrounding it. Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
Tele-Congo and DRTV reported on 14 July on the inauguration by Communication Minister Bienvenu Okiemy and UNFPA Representative David Lawson of a UNFPA photographic exhibition entitled "Generations."Through an original exhibition, made up of 21 black and white square pictures, UNFPA illustrates the variety and inter-generational linkages of the Congolese population in the context of growing population. David Lawson said, "The Republic of Congo is faced with multiple challenges that can all be addressed, by integrating the contribution of each and every citizen. This exhibition highlights the intergenerational linkages in the Congolese society, and is a vivid reminder that in a world at seven billion inhabitants, we are all part of the same planet that we must cherish and we will depend on each other with our common ground and values, our similarities and differences." Watch in French: DRTV
Congo-site reported on 14 July that UNFPA raised concerns over the increasing feminization of HIV/AIDS in the country. Read in French: Congo-Site.
Multiple media outlets reported on 14 July on a debate organized by UNFPA and the Youth Ministry on "Challenges and Opportunities of the Congolese Youth." The Youth Minister Chief of Staff, Philippe Kimbémbé Tiangana and UNFPA Representative David Lawson entertained discussions with youth on a broad range of issues. Mr. Lawson said, "UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin outlined at the recent African Union Summit that youth is the ‘engine of future economic growth.’ We must therefore invest in young people's education and health now to ensure the future of an aging world. Youth must also empower themselves and take responsibilities to prepare the world it should be dreaming of." Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Congo-Site
Tele-Congo, DRTV, Congo-site and Les Depeches de Brazzaville reported on 14 July on an initiative by UNFPA to support civil society organization to engage their members into HIV voluntary and confidential testing and counseling. Through a mobile testing centre in a suburban area of Brazzaville, over 150 people were tested voluntarily and confidentially, including UNFPA Representative David Lawson, the UNAIDS delegate, and the President of the NGO Femmes Vaillantes. Mr. Lawson said, "With an AIDS prevalence rate in decline in Congo, we still face a feminization of the epidemic and efforts need to be strenghtened with Government, along with solid actions by civil society organizations and associations of people living with HIV/AIDS to protect women from the infection." Read in French: Congo-Site and Les Depeches de Brazzaville. Watch in French: Tele-Congo
Le Renouveau du Burundi reported on 14 July that the Ministry of Health organized on the national health week, edition 2011, and the launch of CARMMA in the country. The theme for the health week is “Plan births for a best life of families.” German cooperation, UNFPA and USAID are partners in implementing the National Policy of Family Planning.