UNFPA pledges more support to enhance reproductive health services

KATHMANDU: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem, has praised Nepal for its performance in the field of safe motherhood, reproductive health, family planning and women empowerment.

"I believe we have a lot to learn from Nepal regarding what it has achieved in improving the lives of people in a relatively short period of time, despite formidable challenges, and the very strong commitment to accelerate progress on all fronts including in protecting the reproductive rights of women and girls, said Dr Kanem, who is present here in the capital on a two-day first official visit to Nepal.

Speaking at a press meet at Pulchowk-based UNFPA Office, Dr Kanem announced additional assistance on behalf of the UNFPA in Nepal's efforts for safe motherhood and reproductive health, and also for the promotion of family planning and in the elimination of violence against women in the days ahead.

Nepal has been getting continuous financial and technical support from the UNFPA since 1971 specifically in the areas of safe motherhood, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and empowerment of women and girls.

Dr Kanem expressed that this year was truly special for UNFPA as it is celebrating its 50th anniversary and was overwhelmed with the impact of the organisation in improving the lives and well-being of individuals and couples around the world over the last five decades.

"It was my honour to meet with senior government officials including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, as well as the key stakeholders and partners during this trip," she said, expressing her belief that Nepal could and would play an instrumental role at the Nairobi Summit which marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.