The Heritage reported on 27 July that UNFPA Executive Director, on a visit to Liberia, has called for the empowerment of Liberia’s youth. Dr. Osotimehin said young people must be given the requisite skills for them to contribute their quota to the rebuilding of the country. “Our children need to be protected; they need to be in school. We must ensure that every pregnancy is wanted…every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled,” he was quoted as saying. Read in English: The Heritage
Daily Observer reported on 27 July that Secretary of the United Nations and UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, has promised more support for the young people of Liberia. He made the promise at a dinner tendered in his honor, by Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale.
Dr. Osotimehin, a former minister of health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stated, “What we are looking to accomplish [at UNFPA] in Liberia is a wholesome development of young people, so that they can be empowered to make informed choices.” Read in English: Daily Observer
Zodiak Online on 27 July reported that, at a staggering 13 million, the population of Malawi continues to grow, according to population experts. The many children Malawians are having are hindering economic growth, according to Minister of Economic Planning and Development Atupele Muluzi.
He was speaking at an event to commemorate the 2012 World Population Day. This year’s theme is “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.” UNFPA was part of the commemorative event.
“Family planning is a basic human right and it remains meaningless, unless individuals and couples have access to contraceptives, information and services to enable them to exercise that right,” said Athanasie Nzokirishaka, the representative of the UNFPA to Malawi. Read in English: Zodiak Online
The Nation on 27 July reported that UNFPA recently awarded people who have made significant contributions towards universal access to reproductive health. The awards were made during the 2012 World Population Day commemoration on 25 July.
Nation Publications Limited Features Editor Edyth Kambalame was among nine individuals and institutions that received the award.
UNFPA Representative Athanase Nzokirishaka said the awardees are ordinary men and women whose contributions often go unnoticed yet they have helped build the health of many families through family planning, reduced maternal deaths and contribute to youth friendly health services. Read in English: The Nation