The Inquirer (Monrovia)

20 February 2013

Liberia: UNFPA Launches 2013-1017 Country Program

The Government of Liberia (GOL) in collaboration with the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has launches 2013-2017 Country Programs to help improve and protect young people's future. Speaking at the country program held at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel, Mamba Point in Monrovia the Resident Representative of UNFPA Esperance Fundira said that the purpose of the program is to seek the improvement of many Liberians' lives, especially women and to help strengthen the capacity to implement comprehensive sexual and reproductive health.

Fundira stated further that it is necessary because it gives right to reduce maternal mortality, obstetric fistula, teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation and gender based violence.

She pointed out that the challenges of it states that gender inequality is prevalent and inequality manifests itself in high levels of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy among youths, women and girls, as well as in the high incidence of gender-based violence.

The Minister, Tornorlah Varpilah of Youth and Sports Ministry said, "The best way of embracing your future is to create now and the future that we are talking about begins now by how we create them to be good for ourselves by taking the right path."

Mr. Varpilah added that just few weeks ago they had collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and based on the principle of sport and healthy life over four hundred and eighty young people were tested for HIV/Aids. They came in voluntarily and requested the test and six were positive and are now receiving medication.

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