UNFPA donates contraceptives to MOHSS

01 May 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAY (NAMPA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over sexual reproductive health commodities worth N.dollars 7 million to the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Windhoek on Friday
The donation included oral and injection contraceptives and will be distributed in all 14 regions.
Speaking during the event, the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna said the rights of young people to education and health are violated in many countries and they are denied access to contraceptives and youth-friendly health care services.
“Young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are crucial,” Kavetuna said.
She further noted that young people have the right to health, information and bodily autonomy, adding that a comprehensive sex education brings all these together.
Also speaking at the handing over was UNFPA representative Dennia Gayle, who said teenage pregnancy has a direct bearing on maternal mortality. She said although abortion is illegal, it accounts for 21 per cent of maternal deaths in Namibia.
“Family planning empowers women and is central to achieving gender equality and economic development,” Gayle said.
She noted that when women and girls have the liberty to control their fertility and their life, they are enabled to complete their education.
“I hereby wish to urge all of us here today to relook how we provide reproductive health services. We need to look more toward the primary health principle which is based on prevention and encourage the uptake of contraceptives as a means to reduce unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality and morbidity and treatment of the after-effects of abortions and births complications,” she added.