Boost for re­pro­duc­tive health

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

THE United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund (UNFPA) yes­ter­day do­nated five com­put­ers to the Le­sotho Planned Par­ent­hood As­so­ci­a­tion (LPPA) in con­junc­tion with the Joint United Na­tions Pro­gramme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

The com­put­ers are meant to help the as­so­ci­a­tion in its data-cap­ture and anal­y­sis of in­for­ma­tion on sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health.

In her key­note ad­dress dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony held at the LPPA of­fices in Maseru, UNFPA Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Le­sotho, Therese Zeba said the do­na­tion was part of a joint UNFPA and UNAIDS pro­gramme funded by the Euro­pean Union (EU) and Swedish gov­ern­ment.

Ms Zeba added the ini­tia­tive cov­ered seven south­ern African coun­tries and sought to strengthen link­ages be­tween Sex­ual and Re­pro­duc­tive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV poli­cies, pro­grammes and ser­vices for the pe­riod 2011 to 2015 at a cost of $15mil­lion.

Ms Zeba fur­ther noted in Le­sotho, the pro­gramme ad­dressed two of the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try, namely SRHR and HIV.

“The com­put­ers and tech­ni­cal sup­port will in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the LPPA to an­a­lyze the link­ages pro­gramme’s in­for­ma­tion and data and there­fore track re­sults and ev­i­dence of its per­for­mance,” Ms Zeba said.

“I would like to congratulate the LPPA for its ef­forts and progress in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the link­ages project. May th­ese com­put­ers con­trib­ute to im­proved per­for­mance of the pro­gramme.”

In his vote-of-thanks, LPPA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Mo­fo­keng

Makhetha, ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the equip­ment, which he said would help the LPPA achieve its de­sired re­sults.

“With the kind of equip­ment given to us to­day, we are go­ing to per­form even bet­ter be­cause we have done pretty well in the past,” Mr Makhetha said.

“Our mem­bers of staff must take ad­van­tage and en­sure they learn how to cap­ture and an­a­lyze data though th­ese com­put­ers since the ex­pert who has been brought in to as­sist us will not be here for ever.”

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