Somalia : maternal and new-born health

Sweden invests USD 8.5 Million in 2017 for improved maternal and new-born health

Sweden has granted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) USD 8.5 Million to scale-up high impact reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health interventions in Somalia.
Millions of women in Somalia remain at great risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Every year, one in 22 women dies prematurely due to pregnancy or childbirthrelated complications. Most of these complications and illnesses are easily preventable and treatable. Strong political will and long-term financial commitment is urgently needed to address the high maternal deaths.
The Swedish funding to the health sector is part of a long-term commitment to address the severe health needs of women and girls and help re-build the health system in Somalia.
“Far too many women’s lives are lost unnecessarily and prematurely during pregnancy and childbirth. It is critical that we now come together to strengthen our political and financial commitment for women’s health and wellbeing. Sweden remains committed to improve access to equitable and quality health services for women and children. This is one of the key priority areas for Sweden’s development cooperation with Somalia,” said Mr. Mikael Lindvall, Swedish Ambassador to Somalia.
Sweden is the second largest donor in the health sector and has supported maternal and child healthcare in Somalia since 2006.
The UNFPA Representative, Mr. Nikolai Botev, said the generous contribution from Sweden comes at a critical moment when UNFPA is reaffirming its efforts to working towards achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, realizing reproductive rights, reducing maternal mortality, and improving the lives of adolescents, youth and women.
“The grant from Sweden is another expression of strong confidence in the work that UNFPA is undertaking towards the betterment of the lives of the people of Somalia,” said Mr. Botev.
The funding from Sweden is fundamental in contributing to Somalia’s social and human development, particularly in the National Development Plan areas of health, youth, gender, resilience and capacity building in pursuit of the Government of Somalia, UNFPA’s and Sweden’s common goal of a better and healthier Somalia for all.
“We are enormously grateful for the Swedish contribution. It comes at a critical time and will be vital in helping the many Somali people, especially women and young people, whose lives have already been so traumatically disrupted by a number of adverse conditions, including the current drought,” said Mr. Botev.
Mr. Botev reiterated UNFPA’s commitment to supporting increased availability and use of integrated maternal and new-born health services that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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DRC : Closure of 5 fixed bases in the North-Kivu province

Closure of 5 fixed bases in the North-Kivu province for the purposes of more flexibility and mobility

Within the framework of its change of mode of operations, MONUSCO will close, as from 31st July, five fixed bases in the territories of Walikale, Masisi and Lubero in the North-Kivu, says the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in DRC, Maman Sidikou.

Those bases are located in Walikale-centre and Bunyapuri (Territory of Walikale), in Masisi-centre and Nyabiondo (Territory of Masisi) and Luofu (Territory of Lubero).

The new operational device consists in prioritizing flexibility and mobility in military interventions in line with the strategy adopted by the UN department of peace-keeping operations.

It includes long-distance patrols, presence demonstrations patrols, air surveillance and rapid deployment in the event of security incident.

“MONUSCO changes its mode of operations, as it continues to fulfil its mandate, that is, continuing to back Congolese authorities’ efforts for civilians’ protection,” declares M. Sidikou.

This new operational device is already being implemented in the Kasaï province, where MONUSCO has deployed, to date, three companies, say roughly 350 troops.

“To make the device more effective, it would be critical that communities swiftly transmit all security-related information to MONUSCO,” highlighted MONUSCO military authorities.

MONUSCO will therefore step up the early warning system and ensure that access to populations is improved.

Currently, MONUSCO can deploy, pursuant to the mandate set out in the resolution 2348 of March 2017, up to 16,215 troops, against 19,815 in the previous mandate.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Mission de l’Organisation des Nations unies en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO).

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Sudan : Marta Ruedas meets President and Prime Minister

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan meets First Vice President and Prime Minister of the Government of Sudan

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Ms. Marta Ruedas today met with H. E. the First Vice President and Prime Minister of the Government of Sudan Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, at his office at the presidential Palace.

The meeting discussed a number of issues including the United Nations’ support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, linkage between humanitarian and development operations, the situation in Darfur and the United Nations role in supporting longer term solutions, capacity development for state institutions and the situation of South Sudanese refugees.

H. E. the First Vice President and Prime Minister praised the United Nations role in Sudan and noted the significant progress made over the past few years. H.E. also stressed the importance of joint collaboration and coordination in all areas of work between the two parties.

On her part, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator affirmed the willingness of the UN for more collaboration based on the progress made by the Government of Sudan over the past years in establishing peace and a more developmental framework.

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Rwanda, Tanzania : IFC and WFP Collaborate to Finance Smallholder Farmers

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) are launching smallholder farmer financing programs with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve food security among vulnerable people in Rwanda and Tanzania.

The initiatives with KCB Bank Rwanda Limited and CRDB Bank PLC in Tanzania are part of the Farm to Market Alliance, a multi-stakeholder platform established in 2016, of which IFC and WFP are global members, to create agriculture value chains that secure sizeable local and international demand for produce from smallholder farmers. The Alliance is designed to create systemic change in markets through a holistic approach to smallholder development. This approach, which is sustainable and commercially viable, benefits individual farmers and broadens the global supply base of agricultural produce to meet increasing demand.

“Smallholder farmers produce most of the world’s food, but they form the majority of people living in poverty and often have food security challenges themselves,” said David Beasley, WFP Executive Director. “We want to help them get better access to markets so they build more demand for their products, thus making a long-term impact on the economic future for them and their families. But WFP can’t do it alone, and that’s why we are grateful for our collaboration with others through the Farm to Market Alliance.”

“Agribusiness drives many African economies and creates the most jobs on the continent,” said IFC CEO Philippe Le Houérou. “Through the Farm to Market Alliance, IFC is creating new markets—by connecting smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa directly with buyers. The result: improved productivity and higher living standards for people in rural areas.”

IFC, joined by GAFSP, will provide advisory services in the form of capacity building activities to improve the professionalism of smallholder farmer cooperatives in the area of financial management and governance as well as agronomy and input use training.

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