By Janjay F. Campbell
The United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) and the Government of Liberia is having a three days annual review and planning meeting to know what they have achieve in 2014 and how to begin the new year.
Speaking with reporters yesterday at Wulki Farm in Careysburg where the annual review is taking place, UNFPA Officer in Charge, Dr. Remi Sogunro who spoke on various issues said they are looking at what they have succeeded with and planning on what to focus on the coming year.
He disclosed that in 2015, UNFPA along with the Government of Liberia will launch the Minor River Initiative (MRI). He said UNFPA will support 250 mid wives in Liberia to restore the health system of Liberia.
Dr. Sogunro mentioned that they have received a grant from the World Bank through the Ministry of Health to work on contact tracing. He said they will be in contact with Ebola survivors to know how they are being cared for.
He said what he expects from the annual review is that the various ministries and agencies that UNFPA is working along with should identify the gaps in their work and bring it to the table to see how best they can fill in the gaps.
Dr. Sogunro is encouraging parents to talk to their children about sexual reproductive health and said this will lead the children on the right path because they will be aware of what is wrong and right. He also stressed that sexual reproductive health is a matter of life and death.
He said UNFPA supports youth programs to ensure that the youths of Liberia are educated on issues that concern them and stressed that the youth’s center is helping young people to think positively every day.
Also speaking, the Deputy Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Saah Charles Tow stated that UNFPA is doing a great job by supporting youth friendly centers because these programs allow young people to stay focused.
According to him, UNFPA works with nineteen youth centers while the Ministry of Youth and Sports work with seven centers. He said it will be a tremendous thing if every district across the country can have a youth center.
Mr. Tow said the Ministry of Youth and Sports is looking forward to more collaboration with UNFPA because they are doing great things for the young people of Liberia and that UNFPA is elevating young people and because of that more youths are getting on the right track.
He said there are lots of young people nowadays that are being used and abused because they don’t know what is right or wrong so young people who are focused are taking time to educate their peers about sexual reproductive health.