At the end of a two-day family planning conference held in Monrovia, participants, yesterday, advanced a number of key recommendations to the Government of Liberia (GoL) and its development partners for implementation.
They recommended that the GoL, through the Ministry of Health and its partners should up support for community family planning services, intensify training of family planning personnel, and improve family planning commodities in local communities and to ensure the promotion of sexual and reproductive health education between parents and their children at early age.
The participants further recommended that GoL should ensure increased budgetary and other necessary support for smooth implementation of family planning action plans, enhance private sector engagement, and to provide counseling services with respect to various family planning methods, peer-to-peer education at schools, monitoring, and to ensure the prosecution of people who are suspected to be involved with Gender-Based Violence including rape among others.
The resolutions are aimed at minimizing the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the country and to promote maternity health awareness and education.
Montserrado County District Six Representative in the Lower House of the Legislature, Samuel Enders, officially launched the resolutions at the closing ceremony of the conference which had as its theme: “National Investment for Access to Quality Family Planning for Health and Economic Development.”
Making remarks at the closing program of the conference, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health who is also Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Liberia, reiterated that Liberia has reaffirmed its commitment to the London Summit of 2012 to make family planning a priority for its development agenda.
He said the London Summit had as its targets the scaling up of youth friendly health services, and increasing the uptake of family planning methods among private sectors users among others.
Dr. Kateh pointed out that Ministry of Health’s goal is to allow women to make informed choices about their reproductive health in the hope that every pregnancy is intentional.
He added that Liberia has also reaffirmed its commitment through the launch of the Family Planning 2020 action plans.
The CMO thanked partners and other stakeholders’ for their support to family planning programs and activities in the country.
Representatives of the Donor Community in Liberia, United Nations (UN), INGOs, civil society , Local NGO, Liberia Traditional Council, Women, youth, student and religious groups and other local leaders participated in the two-day conference held at the Monrovia City Hall.
During the first day of the conference, Liberia’s Vice President, Chief, Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor commended the Ministry of Health and its collaborating partners for making progress in fulfilling the commitments on family planning in the country.
She called for increased commitment to efforts aimed at spreading family education and awareness across the country and the dire need to ensure the protection and promotion of Maternity health education.
She then pledged GoL’s continuous support towards family planning and the building of a resilient healthcare delivery sector in the country.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Family Planning Association of Liberia (FPAL) certificated its partners and participants of the conference at the occasion which was graced by an array of other local and foreign dignitaries.
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