The United Nations Funds for Population Activities or UNFPA has donated two Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps to Brac-Liberia and Plan Parenthood Association or PPA, to enable them carry out their activities across the country.
Speaking yesterday, March 1, 2016, during the presentation ceremony, UNFPA country Representative, Dr. Oluremi Sogunro said the UNFPA would continue to support the Government of Liberia’s efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in the country.
According to Dr. Sogunro, partners, including UNFPA, were aware that if Liberia is to prevent pregnant women from dying during childbirth, there must be adequate support to accelerate the roadmap for Reduction of the Economic challenge in this country.
“We are handing this vehicle to you our partners for your tireless efforts as part of our contributions to the department to ensure that there is adequate supervision of all activities aimed at improving the living condition of the people of Liberia, through your initiatives that are being taken to the rural parts of the country. We want to demonstrate our commitment to do more because it is needless, unnecessary and unacceptable to see women dying because they are giving life,” Dr. Sogunro stated.
According to him, the UNFPA contributes to the efforts of the Government and its partners in strengthening the delivery of quality rights-based through health, other services, as well as increase demand, improving access to and utilization of maternal newborn health care services, particularly in the remote parts of the country.
“We will support, because as we say in our language that every pregnancy is wanted that’s why we are giving these vehicles to support your work because you are ones that are engaging the people in very difficult terrains; this is nothing – just a token that will encourage you to continue the work. We know that it is not enough, but it is just the beginning,” he added, further saying: “I want to thank you guys for your tireless efforts in what you been doing here in Liberia, and ask you to continues because we cannot achieve anything without community-based programs in order to move this country forward – because this year, we want results here at UNFPA.”
The Country Representatives of Brac-Liberia, Mr. Mainuidin Ahmed, commended the UNFPA for the gesture, indicating that Brac appreciated every stakeholder and partner for identifying with his organization. He assured that the vehicle donated will be used for purpose intended.
The Executive Director of the Plan Parenthood Association, Miatta Kaiwu Cojolo, also expressed gratitude to the UNFPA for the support to her institution, saying the relationship between PPA and UNFPA was not just Liberia, but international. Mrs. Cojolo said it was not strange to the organization because it was not the first time to receive support from the UNFPA.
“We at the PPA are always grateful to our partners, especially the UNFPA, because we are one of the implementing partners of the UNFPA’s work here in Liberia; we will always do our best – wherever challenges are,
e will try our best in responding to those challenges when the need arises,” she concluded.
By Lewis S.Teh