UNITED NATIONS: Senior Pakistani diplomat urged the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to increase up his emergency response for flood- devastated Pakistan to provide vital reproductive health services and goods, especially to approximately 650,000 pregnant women women among 33 million displaced people people.
Turning to session of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNFPA and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), which adopted the UNFPA Country Program of Pakistan (2023-2027), Ambassador Munir Akram said that out of displaced people estimated at 8.2 million women of reproductive age and up up to 73 000 women, who delivery expected next month, will need skilled midwives, newborn care and support.
emphasizing that success of Any policy or program depends on conscious and decisive participation of purpose of the population, the Pakistani envoy said it is important that cultural characteristics and delicacy with national priorities are taken into account when implementing the program.
He said that the Covid-19 pandemic, price increases of food and energy and security challenges severely restricted the Pakistani ability respond to goals of meeting nutritional, health and hygiene needs of in the population, especially of the most disadvantaged among them.
noting that out of in total $59 million allocated for Country Programme, only $23 million allocated through regular resources and $36 million to be secured through co-financing and other resources, Ambassador Akram expressed his hope that UNFPA would be able to obtain required funding from partners and donors for ensure implementation of identified priorities.
In this regard, he also emphasized need improve accessibility of high quality reproductive health services, especially through sustainable and equitable funding for the most vulnerable communities.
role of trained nurses, midwives and female health workers were “critical” and they must contain midwifery personnel in accordance with global standards.
“We hope that UNFPA work with us to mitigate the consequences of climate change, both now and in the longer termespecially on young female population”, Ambassador Akram added.