Nigeria: Federal Government Will Continue To Support Osotimehin’s Legacy, Says Osinbajo

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says the Federal Government will continue to support the legacy of Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a strong advocate for public health and the rights of women and girls.

Professor Osinbajo stated this when he met with a delegation from the Family Planning (FP) 2020 Reference Group who paid him a visit on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He also said through its initiatives, the Buhari administration would continue to create more awareness on proper family planning in the country.

Family planning trainers trained

The Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) of the Population Welfare Department (PWD), in collaboration with the Health Policy Plus (HP+) project, conducted a training of trainers on male engagement in family planning from 9 to 11 October.

The CIP and PWD signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with all the NGOs and CBOs who participated in the workshop to implement this training in their own union councils.

The Minister for Population Welfare Mir Mumtaz Hussan Jakhrani, Secretary, Population Welfare Department, Laeeq Ahmed, Technical Advisor, Costed Implementation Plan, Dr Talib Lashari, and other senior members of the Population Welfare Department and HP+ were present at the signing ceremony.

Nigeria restates commitment to fund family planning programmes

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday in Abuja renewed the commitment of the Federal Government on funding Family Planning (FP) programmes in the country.

Adewole made this known during the interface between the government and Civil Society Organisations with other key stakeholders organised by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The minister was represented by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Director of Family Health in the ministry.

He dismissed allegations that nothing was allocated for the FP programme in the 2017 budget.

‘Bangladesh needs youth engagement for family planning’

Bangladesh needs youth engagement to build a sustainable platform to push for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, speakers at the Bangladesh Second National Youth Conference on Family Planning said on Wednesday.

The country needs young active advocates to learn and share experiences on different key dialogues around reproductive health in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5, they said.

The conference is being hosted by SERAC-Bangladesh and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) with the participation of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Partners in Population and Development (PPD), Right Here Right Now Bangladesh, and many other international and local NGOs on Wednesday and today at the Biswa Sahitya Kendra building in Dhaka.

Osinbajo: Government committed to rescuing remaining Chibok girls

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the commitment of the federal government to securing the release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls, and sending a clear message to the rest of the world that such criminal acts of abduction would not be condoned in the country.

Osinbajo said, “We want to be able to challenge men and women all over the world about this sort of behaviour, and this is one of the reasons why we are advocating that this kind of conduct must be met with the greatest possible objection and force.

“It is very important for us that those girls are returned; anyone who has a friend or child or anyone among the girls recognises that girls are more vulnerable than men, especially when they have been abducted by men stronger and older than themselves, and held in captivity for so long.”

Osinbajo: Chibok girls now university students

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the released Chibok girls are currently studying in a university.

Why Chibok girls’ return is important to us – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to securing the release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls.

According to him, such criminal acts of abduction would not be condoned in the country.

He made the remark while receiving a delegation of girl child rights advocates from various schools in Abuja.

They were led by officials from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Save the Children International and the UNFPA to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.

Global Family Planning 2020 Leadership Gathers in Nigeria to Chart a Course for the Future

Series of Meetings in Support of the Partnership Build on Momentum from the Family Planning Summit Held in July 2017

ABUJA, NIGERIA – On October 12 and 13, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global partnership dedicated to empowering women and girls to decide whether, when, and how many children they want to have, will hold a series of meetings to define priorities and next steps following the landmark Family Planning Summit in London last summer. The meeting of FP2020’s Reference Group brings together 23 family planning champions and leaders from around the world representing governments, civil society organizations, the United Nations, the private sector, and more. The group provides strategic direction for the partnership as it works toward goals laid out in 2012.

The biannual meeting is being held for the first time in Nigeria, fulfilling a long-held ambition of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and co-chair of the Reference Group until his passing in June 2017.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with states, donors, implementing partners, private sector and other stakeholders, is pleased to host the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group Meeting here in Abuja, Nigeria,” said Professor Isaac Adewole, Honourable Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria. “This meeting will certainly provide opportunities for the global community to further articulate appropriate strategies to ensure equitable access to voluntary family planning information and services, and to also serve as an accountability platform on policy, programmatic and financial commitments among member nations including Nigeria.”

Nigeria was one of the first of 41 countries to become a commitment-maker to FP2020 in 2012. It has since renewed its dedication to expanding rights-based family planning for its citizens, particularly in order to reap the “demographic dividend,” which, along with investments in education and expanded opportunities, can harness the contributions of youth for economic growth.

In 2017, Nigeria expanded the scope of its FP2020 goals, pledging to increase its contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) by 2% every year to achieve 36% by 2018. This will avert 31,000 maternal deaths and 1.5 million child deaths. The government also committed to significantly increase budgets for family planning and reproductive health service delivery, and to expand education of girls. With the number of women of reproductive age growing by more than one million each year, Nigerian family planning programs must grow and adapt to provide life-changing tools to girls and women across the nation.

“The people and government of Nigeria are pioneers in the area of family planning, and have set an example globally for other nations and communities to follow,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and FP2020 Reference Group co-chair. “We still have far to go to achieve the FP2020 vision of ensuring an additional 120 million women and girls have access to family planning services by the year 2020. UNFPA will work closely with Nigerian young people, representatives from faith-based organizations and the broad spectrum of civil society that have stepped up to carry forward the vision of our late Executive Director, Dr. Osotimehin, for a world where every woman who wants family planning is able to get it. I am honoured to take the reins as co-chair of the FP2020 Reference Group and to work with this remarkable group of leaders, advocates, and young people. Together, by empowering women and girls to make their own reproductive choices and plan their futures, we can make the world a better place for everyone.”

This is the first in-country meeting to include newly added members from Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Uganda, and Faith to Action network, among others. The days preceding the meeting include gatherings and workshops with faith leaders, young people, and civil society organizations in Nigeria—reflecting a diverse and growing community that recognizes the transformative power of family planning to achieve prosperity. In sum, more than 140 people from all corners of the globe will add their voices to a growing chorus calling for accountability and increased support for those committed to FP2020 progress.

“At the Family Planning Summit in July this year, many countries made strong commitments that will help us accelerate progress toward the FP2020 goal and our ultimate vision of universal access, where every woman, everywhere can access contraceptives if she wants to,” said Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and FP2020 co-chair. “Our task in Abuja is to determine how we can collaborate as partners to make the greatest possible impact for the millions of women and girls who want to plan a healthy and prosperous future for themselves and their children.”

Events around the Reference Group meeting begin on Tuesday, October 10 and continue through Friday, October 13.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Tamar Abrams

+1 202 230 – 9103

tabrams@familyplanning2020.org

 

Elise Walter

+1 202 322 – 7876

ewalter@familyplanning2020.org

 

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Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide— freely and for themselves—whether, when and how many children they want to have. FP2020 is an outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning and is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives. FP2020 is in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. For more information visit www.familyplanning2020.org

Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 3 October 2017 — Dr. Natalia Kanem was appointed Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today by Secretary-General António Guterres. She holds the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General.

Dr. Kanem, a Panamanian, is the Fund’s fifth Executive Director. She had been serving as Acting Executive Director since June, and as Deputy Executive Director, Programme, since July 2016. She was also the UNFPA Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania from 2014 to 2016 and has held senior positions in the Ford Foundation and other non-governmental organizations and institutions.

Dr. Kanem holds a doctor of medicine degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in history and science.

Kenya’s Tharaka Nithi County Initiates Data Monitoring to Track and Strengthen Community-based Distribution of DMPA

In October 2016, Tharaka Nithi county in Kenya initiated a tracking mechanism to capture data on community health volunteers’ provision of DMPA injectable contraceptives.

Advance Family Planning local partner Jhpiego Kenya advocated for its establishment so that local leaders could track uptake of the method.

The 2011 national policy that enabled community health volunteers (CHVs) to provide contraceptive injectables built upon on pilot work spearheaded in Tharaka Nithi. However, while the county excelled in implementing the policy, county officials had been slow to incorporate its results into the county’s existing monitoring and evaluation system or health management system.

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