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    Monday, July 16, 2018

    7.6 billion souls and counting

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    As the world marks the world population day, not all women globally have proper access to family planning services and reproductive health resources.
    According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) limited access to contraception, particularly among the young people, who come from impoverished regions or are unmarried has been a significant impediment to family planning among the youths. 
    To mark this annual commemoration, the UN observed the day under the theme “Family planning is a human right." The event which was established the Governing Council of the United Nations in 1989 aims at creating awareness on population growth and other issues of global concern.
    In a keynote message for this year’s celebration UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem reinforced this year’s theme saying, "Family planning is not a matter of human rights; it is also central to women's empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development."  
    She further noted that other factors that have contributed to the lag in proper family planning practices are lack of information among women and lack of support from their partners. It has seen over 214 million women not having access to appropriate family planning methods that are effective.
    "This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities," she explained.
    Research by the World Health Organization showed that every day around 800 women succumbs to death due to pregnancy-related complications and childbirth. It also revealed that the most at risk are young adolescents' girls as compared to adult women.
    The world population day aims at trying to create awareness on population issues such as family planning, human rights, gender equality and proper health access.
    However, there have been concerns as the UN arm tasked with ensuring there is proper family planning, faces a funding crisis.
    Kanem called on governments, parliamentarians, the private sector and the civil society to join forces in ensuring that the UNFPA's objective of providing proper access to reproductive and family planning services is available to all women.
    She divulged that even though the UNFPA is fully committed to its mission, it cannot do this without support from the various stakeholders.  Currently, the world population stands at 7.6 billion people as of July 2018.

    by: Kiruhiri "Mauryne" Abwao 

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