Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman leaves Freetown on Tuesday January 26, 2016 for Dakar, Senegal to participate in a two day Consultative Meeting on the theme: “Partnerships for addressing maternal and child health, realizing the demographic dividend”, together with heads of African faith-based organization.”
Organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the meeting which starts on January 28, 2016 in Dakar would provide opportunity for faith-based leaders to increase access to maternal and reproductive health services and investments in youth, as key pillars for achieving a demographic dividend.
The meeting will also provide an opportunity for shared understanding of the progress, challenges and opportunity in the area of maternal and reproductive health in the region, and to develop a common approach between religious leaders and UNFPA on how they collaboratively can contribute to harnessing the potential opportunities for sustainable development in the region.
The consultation would create a forum for mobilizing and influencing communities and decision makers in ensuring delivery of health services and access to education. It would further look at the impact of the teachings, guidance and attitudes of religious leaders and other authorities in communities. The Panelists would also look at the global goals of empowering young people, to increase access to education and health as well as life skills livelihood employment opportunities.
Madam Rahman is expected to join two other prominent panelists: His Excellency, Dr. Haliru Yahaya of Shonga, Nigeria and His Excellency, Thierno Hass Diallo, Minister of Religious Affairs and Cult of Mali.