Reproductive health is not only a major component of health care since it’s intertwined with many other health indicators but investment in this area is crucial.
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Akbar said investment in sexual and reproductive health is fundamental to many and many Pacific island countries have set to achieve this as part of equitable development.
She said the Ministry was therefore indebted to the UNFPA for the provision of free contraceptives for the benefit of women and girls in the child bearing age.
Minister Akbar, speaking at the Symposium for Pacific Society for Reproductive Health in Suva, acknowledged other agencies that have worked with Government for providing support in terms of Finance, capacity building programs and technical experts in achieving universal access and providing quality care to our people.
She said the importance of investment is reflected in objectives set out in the Pacific Healthy Islands Strategy, signed in Yanuca Island, Fiji, initially in 1995 and again re-endorsed in 2015, by the Pacific Health Ministers.
“We are thankful to the Australian Government for injecting in $46.5 million which is one of the largest investments in our region specifically to strengthen access to sexual and reproductive health,” Minister Akbar said.
The newly launched Transformative Agenda that has been designed to respond to key needs of the six-priority Pacific countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu).
This will mainly focus on:
-Increasing and improving the supply of quality integrated sexual and reproductive health information services, particularly for family planning.
-Strengthening the enabling environment for sexual and reproductive health.