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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the government of Liberia and partners held a two-day forum to review programs of UNFPA during 2014 and plan for 2015.
UNFPA-Liberia is involved in several programs including sexual and reproductive health, gender, youth empowerment, among others.
Speaking at the program in Careysburg, Montserrado County, the Officer-in-Charge of UNFPA-Liberia Dr. Remi Sogunro said the gathering is held annually to take stock of progress reporting, challenges and setting the stage for 2015 annual work plan.
Dr. Sogunro said UNFPA has been working with the Ministries of Health, Gender, Education and Youth & Sports to provide information on maternal and new born health.
He also said UNFPA is supporting youth programs to ensure the provision of jobs for young people.
Dr. Sogunro further said UNFPA primary focus is for youth to be educated on sexual reproductive health issues so as to prevent them from getting unwanted pregnancies.
He disclosed that UNFPA has begun a program in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, focusing on 13 major health facilities.
Sogunro disclosed that UNFPA is currently providing life saving supplies to health centers and has identified with 25 of the 41 major health facilities in Liberia.
Commenting on the Ebola situation, Dr. Sogunro said UNFPA is playing a major role by creating awareness about the killer virus especially among women and youth of Liberia.
For his part, the Deputy Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Saah Charles N'Tow said UNFPA has been a strong partner to the ministry in supporting youth programs.
“UNFPA has been supportive in building youth friendly centers addressing adolescent reproductive health, family planning issues and the empowerment of young people,” he said.