The Swazi Observer on 15 July, reported that the country has an approved national sexual and reproductive health policy. The launch of the policy was attended by the UNFPA Country Representative, WHO Country Representative, EU Chargé d'Affaires to Swaziland, Mr. Amadou Traoré, and SRH partners representing government sector ministries, parliamentarians, civil society, academia, traditional leaders, youth, women, health service providers and development partners. The policy, supported by UNFPA, covers access to the reproductive health needs of young people. Minister of Health, the Hon. Benedict Xaba, highlighted the high maternal mortality in the country as indicated in the SDHS 2006/7, which stood at 589 per 100,000 and unmet need for family planning at 24%, as driving factors for the development of the SRH policy.