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Transformative agenda for women, adolescents and youth launched

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/02/2019

Women, youth and adolescents in Tonga will have access to quality family planning information and services, after the transformative agenda for women adolescents and youth was launched in Tonga yesterday.

The agenda is a 5-year regional program that focuses on strengthening access to sexual and reproductive health.

Speaking during the program, the Minister of Health Dr. Saia Piukala said, the agenda has come just in time for Tonga and there is no doubt it will assist the Ministry in trying to address concerning trending sexual reproductive health rise.

“Sexual and reproductive health is one of the key critical area in the Ministry of Health that is often under funded. The statistics and sexual and reproductive health trends are worried particularly in the increasing adolescent facility rate from 27-30 per 1thousand birth from 2010 to 2016. The transformative agenda has come at a critical time, as we gather collective effort and resources to address concerning trending sexual reproductive health rise. “

The 30 million Australian Dollar program is funded by the Australian government and is executed by UNFPA and 6 other Pacific Countries Tonga included.

Australia’s High Commissioner designate to Tonga – H.E Adrian Morrison spoke of the program.

“The agenda as all of you know, is a million investment announce by Australia, at the time of the 2017 at the London family planning summit. and that summit was a major gathering of government and sexual reproductive health organisations from around the world, Aus. is please to support the agenda carried out by the govt. of Tonga. and UNFPA. “

However Director and representative of UNFPA Pacific sub regional office – Bruce Campbell spoke of the agenda’s vision.

“We have a vision, of a 10 year old girl in 2015 – where she will be in 2030, it takes a village to raise a child, and it also takes a child to raise a village. What we want to ensure is that with the agenda, that 10 year old is to stay in school, healthy, respected,  well fed, part of the family, part of the community, trusted and each year till 2030, whatever we did to her path, that’s her vision”

The agenda was launched in Fiji last year.

Attending yesterday’s program were Parliamentarians, members of the diplomatic corps amongst many guests.

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