New High Level Commission Established To Track ICPD25 Commitments As COVID-19 Threatens To Sway Progress

A new High-Level Commission of advocates, experts and activists will be established today to help commitments to women’s health and rights made at the November 2019 Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 stay on track, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is blocking access to essential services, such as family planning and antenatal care. By Michael Gwarisa The Nairobi Summit secured billions of dollars in commitments from governments, the private sector, foundations and others. It rallied support to achieve “three zeros” – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths,…

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Gvt, UNFPA Raise Concern Over Widening Contraceptive Gap Due To COVID-19

THE Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Small and Medium Enterprises Development and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have bemoaned the challenges being faced by women  and girls to access contraceptives and family planning services during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Virtual Media briefing to commemorate World Population Day which ran under theme, “Putting the brakes on COVID-19: How to Safeguard the Health and Rights of Women and Girls Now?” Women Affairs Minister, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni said the lockdown had made access to critical contraceptives…

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Time To Confront Silent & Endemic Crisis Of Harmful Practices- UNFPA

EVERY year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that harm them physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities, according to the State of World Population 2020, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. At least 19 harmful practices, ranging from breast ironing to virginity testing, are considered human rights violations, according to the UNFPA report Against My Will, which focuses on the three most prevalent ones: child marriage, female genital mutilation and extreme bias against daughters…

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COVID-19 Threatens Access To Obsteric Care

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem says the prevailing COVID-19 global health pandemic was making difficult for some pregnant women to access obstetric care. By Michael Gwarisa In her statement to mark the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula commemorations to be  held tommorow, 23 May 2020, Dr Kanem said the prevailing global pandemic had pushed health systems to limits. Last November, the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains of the past 25 years in advancing the health and rights of women…

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UNFPA Monitors Coronavirus Impact On Pregnant & breastfeeding Women

Young Preganant Women at Tariro Clinic and Youty Centre

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says it is closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic especially its effects to pregnant and lactating women. By Michael Gwarisa UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem said pregnant women deserve priority treatment during times as these. As the new Coronavirus appears across the world, UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency is closely monitoring the outbreak and especially its impact on pregnant and breastfeeding women. “Safe pregnancy and child birth both depend upon functioning health systems and strict adherence to infection precautions. Women…

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US$264 Billion Required To Cover Critical ICPD Gaps

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem says a total of US$264 billion investment is required to transform the future of women’s health as well as the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for girls and women. By Michael  Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Addressing a media briefing, Dr Kanem said the Narobi Summit on International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) is to mobilise the political will and financial commitments so urgently needed to implement the program of action that was agreed by governments in 1994…

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Major Commitments Mark ICPD Summit Opening

THE summit to mark 25 years since the International Population Development (ICPD) kicked off today (November, 12 2019) in Nairobi, Kenya amidst major commitments by governments, civil society and private sector organisations to accelerate access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and young people. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi Kenya The commitments are being made during the three-day Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, taking place 25 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development, in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted an action plan for women’s empowerment…

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UNFPA Calls For Male Participation In Family Planning Choices

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has implored men to be actively involved in the family planning choices and decisions so as to increase uptake of contraceptives as well as reduce gender based violence at household level.   By Michael Gwarisa Launching the State of the World Population Report, UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Esther Muia said family planning was not forced on anyone but a choice one makes freely for the good of their health and economic wellbeing. “The State of the World Population Report (SWOP) is a flagship report…

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