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UNFPA supports Fiji

Margaret Wise
Thursday, April 11, 2013

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is prepared to support regional countries intending to review its family planning policies, services guidelines and modes of service delivery.

Lorna Rolls, the officer-in-charge UNFPA Pacific said this while commending Fiji for acknowledging the need to reposition and upscale family planning.

She was speaking at a conference at Viseisei, Vuda, where stakeholders discussed family planning policies in Fiji.

"UNFPA is pleased to see Fiji MOH take leadership in the region to reposition and upscale family planning program and to extend the ownership and partnership to include young people, faith-based and civil society organisations and members of the communities," Ms Rolls said referring to the representation of multiple stakeholders at the three-day meeting.

"It is our hope that other countries in the Pacific will be inspired to follow your footsteps; be rest assured that UNFPA will be right behind you to provide funding and technical assistance as needed.

"Evidence from other countries tell us that the old model of family planning services and distribution delivered through health systems works well but ultimately has limitations."