UNFPA DONATES E500 000 FAMILY PLANNING TRAINING MODELS
UNITED Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) has donated family planning training models worth E500 000 to the ministry of health.
The donation was handed over to the ministry during the World Population Day commemoration held at Eswatini Christian University on Wednesday. The day was commemorated under the theme ‘Family Planning is human right’.
The beneficiaries of this equipment include the Ministry of Health Sexual Reproductive Health Unit, Southern African Nazarene University (SANU), University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS) and others.
The commemoration of the World Population Day was graced by Minister of Economic Planning and Development Prince Hlangusempi, Hhohho Administrator Prince Tshekedi and other government officials.
UNFPA Assistant Country Representative (Officer-in-charge) Margaret Thwala Tembe said family planning had numerous benefits to individual, communities, the state and the world at large.
She said 700 million women and girls were using the modern methods of contraception, with the Kingdom of Eswatini having 66.1 per cent of women of reproductive ages using these modern methods.
“Family planning is central to the attainment of SDG target 3.7 on universal access to sexual and reproductive health, because of its multiple benefits to the health and general wellbeing of women,” she said.
She further stated that family planning enabled women to make choices, plan their pregnancies and to participate in productive work.
She said women who had fewer births, healthier pregnancies and safer deliveries faced lower risks of death and improved overall health. “Their babies are born healthier and their children’s health is better early in life.”
She commended the Government of Eswatini for its very successful family planning programme. The number of users of contraception have grown year after year, for example from 51 per cent in 2007 to 66 per cent in 2014,” she said.
She said it seemed young people still fell short in the exercise of the sexual and reproductive health rights
“The demographic health survey (SDHS) found that only 57 per cent of sexually active young people were using a modern method of contraception, while 33 per cent wanted to use contraception but for some reason, they were unable to do so,” she said.
She said access to sexual and reproductive health services for young people would advance Eswatini towards harnessing its demographic dividend.
HERE: UNFPA Assistant Country Representative (Officer-in-charge) Margaret Thwala-Tembe during the presentation of family planning training models.
ENTERTAINMENT: Eswatini Christian University students performing a play.
ALL EARS: Attendees listening to speeches.
REMARKS: The UNFPA Assistant Country Representative (Officer in charge) making her speech.