UNFPA Holds Partners Forum

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has held its maiden Partners Forum at the College of Surgeons and Physicians at Accra.

The event, which brought together more than 100 participants and representatives of the UNFPA partners, was held under the theme, ‘Utilizing shared knowledge and practices for advancing the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) Agenda.

The Partners Forum, which is the first of its kind to be organized by UNFPA in the country, is to bring together partners from seven participating districts in Central, Volta, Northern, Upper East, West, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions to brainstorm and share their best practices to improve maternal health and address other gender related issues.

Dorothy Onny, Director of Research Statistics and Information Management at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, who commended the UNFPA for holding the forum, said that Ghana was unable to meet the MDG Goal 5, which is Improving Maternal and reproductive Health Of women in the country.

Ms. Onny mentioned that in response to the requirements of Campaign of accelerated Reduction In Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMA), the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with UNFPA, organized two accountability forums where MMDCEs and regional ministers were tasked to intensify projects that will ensure growth and poverty reduction among women.

The UNFPA Representative of Ghana, Babatunde Ahosi, averred that a communiqué would be issued at the end of the forum.

By Solomon Ofori

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