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‘Adolescent girls can be agents of change’

...UNFPA

NOVEMBER 17, 2014  By Regina Pratt

UNFPA Programme Coordinator for Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Philip Lust-Bianchi, has urged the need to respond to the needs of adolescent girls, who he said can be agents of change in their respective communities.

He made this statement while doing a presentation on the impact of comprehensive programmes for marginalized adolescent girls.

Lust-Bianchi further recommended programmes designed for marginalized adolescent girls.

In his presentation on the impact of the Ebola outbreak on Maternal Health Services, he said the disease has negatively impacted the lives of adolescent girls, especially while schools are closed.

He noted that post Ebola mitigation strategy should include the provision of safe maternal clinics, reproductive health outreach teams, functioning referral systems and creative community sensitisation systems.

Other presentations were made on integrated sexual and reproductive health services, enabling environments for modern contraceptives and family planning services, maternal health services and mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Betty Alpha did a presentation on legislative frameworks and National Protection systems for reproductive rights and gender, gender-based violence and harmful practices, while Aiah Sosokoneh did a presentation on national statistical system to collect, produce, analyze and disseminate data.

In a short opening ceremony, Mohamed K. Lebbie, who is Planning Officer in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, said the formulation of a Country Programme Action Plan was imperative because they needed guide to direct national energy, as they confront many challenges as Sierra Leoneans.

“The CPAP document has therefore provided the country with the opportunity and framework for development planning and management, including the formulation of strategies for the implementation of action plans and programmes by MDAs, civil societies and the international communities,” Lebbie said.

He continued that the action plan would serve as a firm foundation on which UNFPA development efforts will be anchored.

UNFPA Assistant Country representative, I.S. Kamara, said the meeting was meant to give their partners a go ahead with their wishes of supporting their mandate.

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