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FPAI to improve maternal health by 2015

FPA India Nagaland Branch president Sarah Nuh. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Aug 29(NPN):
Published on 30 Aug. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) Nagaland Branch in support of United Nations’ campaign for Millennium Development Goal (MDG) conducted a media advocacy programme as part of its efforts to create awareness about millennium development goal-5 on ‘Improving Maternal Health’ by 2015 here at Kohima Press Club today.
FPAI, Nagaland branch revealed that there was no proper statistics available for planning. FPAI Branch Manager Vincent Belho stressed on the need to generate more awareness and empower the people of Nagaland to assert their rights over modern health facilities and accessibility and to ensure that no women die of childbirth, unsafe abortion and its complications besides access to information about contraceptives and services.
As per the officials, MDG has eight goals which include to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education; to promote gender equality and empower women; to reduce child mortality; to improve maternal health; to combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases; to ensure environmental sustainability; and to develop a global partnership for development.
Speaking on the fifth goal points ‘Millennium Development Goal’ on ‘Improve maternal health’, FPA India Nagaland Branch Manager, Vizalenu Khatso explained the objectives behind conducting the media advocacy programme. She said that the programme also aimed to organize meetings and programmes to convince key programme managers, opinion leaders and policy-makers.
In her presidential addressed, FPAI (Nagaland Branch) President, Sarah Nuh said that maternal and child health has always been the kernel of services provided to the poor and marginalized population ever since inception.
She also asserted that Nagaland Branch is committed to gender equity and to eliminating discrimination which threatens individual well-being and leads to wide spread violation of health and human rights particularly of adolescents and young women.
She also recalled the formation of Nagaland branch of FPAI in 1978 and said the workers have been tirelessly working in close partnership with the allied health agencies and the government towards its core programme of family planning, population education and adolescent sexuality.
Today, it is providing a wide spectrum of services encompassing maternal health, child survival, adolescent care, HIV and AIDS, safe abortion and other sexual and reproductive health services including family planning, she said adding the branch was committed to gender equity and to eliminating discrimination which, she said, threatens individual well-being and leads to widespread violation of health and human rights, particularly of adolescents and young women.
Programme Officer, FPAI Nagaland Branch, Vizalenu Khatso also gave a paper presentation on ‘Improve Maternal Health – Our Main Focus for 2010’.

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