Australia, UNFPA partners with Pacific governments to transform lives

Minister of Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar Picture: FT FILE

THE Australian government and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have entered into a partnership with six Pacific governments to transform lives by ensuring more women and young people in the Pacific can access sexual and reproductive health services.

The new four-year ‘Transformative Agenda for Women, Youth and Adolescents’ program will focus on ensuring more people have access to quality planning information and services.

Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said this was a major investment by the Australian government.

In her address at the launch of the transformative agenda, Ms Akbar said providing access to those critical services would ensure people could make informed decisions about their own lives and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

She said the new major $46.5million program was one of the largest investment in the region specifically to strengthen access to sexual and reproductive health.