International Women’s Day: UNFPA set to unveil Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West & Central Africa
Today the 8th of March 2017 is International Women’s Day and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about issues that affect women and girls across the globe. The theme for this year is Be Bold for Change and calls on individuals to be bold on their stand against issues that negatively affect women and girls.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria will also use the day to mark the unveiling ceremony of their Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa. The Ambassador will serve as a voice for raising awareness on issues that affect the reproductive and health rights of women and adolescent girls. The event will take place in Lagos.
The important role of this event to the West and Central African Region cannot be overemphasized as both regions share a common challenge of poor health indices in their maternal mortality ration (MMR).
With 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, Nigeria is top on the list of countries with discouraging indices.
Some of these deaths can be averted if the right structures like quality reproductive healthcare services and access to timely family planning are put in place. These issues will be brought to the spotlight and hopefully addressed with the help of the new Regional Ambassador who is an award winning Nigerian actress.