Reproductive Health Services for all; a mission of UNFPA
With over seven billion people on the planet, the availability of resources is a major concern for governments. While some worry about fuel, the main concern for countries in the region is healthcare. Earlier today the United Nations Population Fund gave commendations to people involved in the organizations project on health services.
Jose Sanchez, Reporting
World Population Day was celebrated on Wednesday July 11. But at a ceremony in the K.H.M.H. compound the United Nations Population Fund singled out beauticians and barbers amongst other professionals for their participation in one of its programs that seeks to find universal access to reproductive health services.
Erika Goldson, Assistant Representative, UNFPA
“We decided to have an award ceremony to kinda show our appreciation to some of the people who are contributing to achieving the goal of universal access in sexual reproductive health and so the award ceremony was a collaborative effort between UNFPA and the Ministry of Health. We had nomination of awardees from across the country and from different levels of the health care system: looking at community health workers to public health nurses to midwives. Also to community activists in terms of looking at our prevention program; the area of sexual reproductive health and HIV. So today, we’ve actually awarded barbers and beauticians who are implementing an HIV program that is being organized by the Y.W.C.A. We also organized the program officer from the Community Policing Unit, Mister Hyde, who also is very instrumental in implementing prevention work in the area of HIV and sexual reproductive health with out-of-school population through the drop-in centers that UNFPA has helped to establish in the Yarborough Area, by the Hattieville Police Station and also by the Benque Police Station.”
During the award ceremony, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, gave the keynote address to awardees.
Peter Allen, C.E.O., Ministry of Health
“We wanted to congratulate the awardees who are people who really have gone above the call of duty in providing universal access to reproductive health services. World Population Day is actually celebrated on July eleventh. We are just a couple of days late this year because of other reasons. But the population that was five billion in 1987 has now reached seven billion and the world population growing at just about eight million every single year. And when you have large population issues like that, it puts strains on societal responses especially for women and children. The theme for this year for the United Nations Population Program and the Ministry of Health is, “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.” And that is what we want to move toward; providing everybody with the opportunity to access reproductive health services wherever they are most comfortable.”
“Well it’s an opportunity as a united nation who has the mandate to actually support countries achieving universal access to sexual reproductive health. It is our way to say that we are appreciative of all the efforts being done in Belize and we felt that the best way to do so is to give a certificate that is signed by the Minister of Health as well as the Director from the Sub-regional Office in Jamaica for the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to say to them continue the good work and as UNFPA, we are here to support you.”
Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.