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Akbar Targets More Community Services

Our reproductive policy supports men, women and youths to access such care Increasing community-based programmes is one of the key strategies of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to
05 Oct 2016 11:05
Akbar Targets More Community Services
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (seated middle) while visiting the women at Vatukarasa village in Sigatoka. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Our reproductive policy supports men, women and youths to access such care

Increasing community-based programmes is one of the key strategies of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to raise awareness on the reproductive health development.

Minister Rosy Akbar believes this can be achieved by providing comprehensive and integrated reproductive health services in communities.

“In providing an enabling environment, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is committed towards improving the accessibility to reproductive health services,” Ms Akbar said.

“The International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) Plan of Action affirms that reproductive rights embrace certain human rights that include the recognition of basic rights of individuals to have the information and means to access highest standard of Reproductive Health services. Fiji is one of the Pacific Island Country (PIC) signatories of the ICPD.”

The minister said our reproductive health policy supports the rights of all women and men to have access to curative and preventive reproductive health services.

It also takes note of the rights of young people to have access to youth friendly services, access to reproductive health information that will help them make responsible choices, in particular, prevent unplanned pregnancy, STIs/HIV.

Ms Akbar acknowledged the role of non-government organisations (NGOs) in raising awareness at community levels.

She feels linking the public sector with such organisations has improved access to services, especially to those hard-to-reach vulnerable groups.

The Ministry will also capitalise on a collaborative platform to allow active participation of communities responding to reproductive health issues.

“Increased awareness is the key to enable the communities to understand the impact of Family Planning on their future health, livelihood and wellbeing,” Ms Akbar said.

“It also means increasing accessibility of counseling services at all levels of health system including the community level.”
Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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