Italian High Parliamentarian Delegation Visits UNFPA Nigeria Supported Project Sites
The President of Italian Parliament, Ms Laura Boldrini is on a working visit to Nigeria a, she and her delegation is expected to visit Makoko Community sites and some health facilities in Lagos state.
She would also visit UNFPA Nigeria supported project‘“Expanding Access of Slum Dwelling Out-of-School Girls to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Family Planning (FP) Services” under its Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) programme.
Ms Boldrini and her team will be able to obtain first-hand information on the impact of the UNFPA supported interventions on the lives of women and girls especially as it relates to their Reproductive Health, in line with the agency’s mission of ‘Delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted,every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled’.
The Project is one of UNFPA’s support interventions that engage with adolescent girls and boys who are either in-school or out-of–school.
It includes a youth-friendly centre that provides services, capacity building and knowledge sharing opportunities for young people on ASRH and(livelihood) skills acquisitions.
These UNFPA support activities promote improved quality of life for individuals and facilitates the exercise of their rights to make informed choices that will determine the quality health and well-being of present and future generations.
The Fund works with partners, including government to save and transform the lives of women and young people while empowering them to contribute more to poverty reduction and development.
The UNFPA is the largest source of multi-lateral funding for Family Planning and works to ensure the provision of options and choices on (Family Planning) commodities in the country so that individuals and couples can decide freely and for themselves whether, when and how many children they have.
Prior to her mission to Nigeria, Ms Laura Boldrini had met with the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, where she was informed of the Agency’s mandate and support to programme countries.
Stakeholders will seize the opportunity of the visit of the delegation to also showcase some of its programmes to enhance Maternal Health and harness the Demographic Dividend, while highlighting gaps that may require further support.