Sierra Leone: 'Family Planning Must Be a Priority to Save Women' - Urges UNFPA Representative

10/1/2013
AllAfrica.com

While delivering a speech at the closing ceremony of a six-day training of trainers' workshop on long-term family planning methods, Country Representative of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA),Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi, urged the government to continue prioritizing family planning and population issues, noting that "if we are serious about saving women's lives, family planning must remain at the centre of the agenda.

"Expanding access to modern contraception for women across the developing world is a highly cost-effective measure that proven results, and which could in itself reduce the number of maternal deaths by a third and 10% of childhood deaths. Therefore, family planning has to be given a priority, not only to maintain the momentum in increasing CPR(Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitations), but also to reduce the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality," he stressed.

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