UNFPA’s Family Planning week celebration ends with Kekeh show


July 27, 2018

By Regina Pratt

UNFPA country rep. Dr. Dickson in one of the Keke rides

The United Nations Population Fund and its partners last Friday, July 20, concluded Family Planning week celebration with about 50 Keke riders  plying across the city to sensitise the public  on the use of contraceptives.

According to UNFPA, recognising family planning as a human right goes as far back as May 1968-some 50 years ago in an International conference on Human Rights in Teheran, where the concept was for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right.

The Tehran Proclamation states, “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.”

According to UNFPA, family planning is the information, means and methods that allow individuals to decide if and when to have children.

Speaking to UNFPA staff, midwives, partners and other health sector officials, British High Commissioner, Guy Warrington said the show was to raise awareness on family planning as it could help reduce both maternal and child deaths in the country.

He said the British government lays premium on family planning as it helps save the lives of women, stating that the system was linked to the economic development of the country.

“If young girls don’t go to school, their economic opportunity is limited as the risk of teenage pregnancy is much higher. This is a very good reason why the British government focuses on education which is the government priority,” he said.

The British High Commissioner disclosed his government will put 150 thousand pounds into health care for the next four to five years and that family planning would be central.

He said they were working with organizations like UNFPA and Marie Stopes to achieve that goal.

Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs,Lusine Kallon said family planning is key, albeit he agreed  that there were  lots of challenges.

“Family planning is important to our family especially the future of our children so that they will not get unwanted pregnancy. They will plan how and when to have children and number of children.

UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Kim Dickson said the show was to educate people about family planning and its benefits.

UNFPA supports many aspects of voluntary family planning, including procuring contraceptives, training health professionals to accurately and sensitively counsel individuals about their family planning options, and promoting comprehensive sexuality education in schools.