Mauritius, UNFPA to strengthen cooperation in reproductive health

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the field of sexual and reproductive health, PANA learnt on Tuesday in the Mauritian capital.

The Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Anwar Husnoo, said the Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH) is taking a leading role to become a regional centre of excellence for training and research in sexual and reproductive health.  

Training will also focus on family planning, security of reproductive health, Sexually Transmitted Infections/Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, maternal health, and gender issues.

"The MOU will consolidate collaborative ties with the UNFPA which were established some 40 years back and strengthen capacity-building development across the sub-Saharan region in reproductive health," he added.

For his part, UNFPA's country director, Serge Bounda, indicated that the MoU will provide training and expertise both to health professionals in Mauritius and other African countries. 

This will enable these professionals to contribute in promoting a society whereby all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections.

He said that adolescent pregnancy, the biggest challenge for African countries, needs to be prevented so as to foster a gender-equitable society with the empowerment of girls and women.  

"The UNFPA will continue to work in collaboration with the MIH to improve the sexual and reproductive health status of all men, women and young people in the African continent", he underlined.

UNFPA, which is the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, created in 1969, has as objectives to promote a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

It calls for the realisation of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.
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17 april 2018 09:53:20

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