The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr.Babatunde Osotimehin, has called on governments and international agencies to increase investment in sexual and reproductive health services.
Osotimehin, in a statement made available to the Sunday Tribune, said the step became necessary in view of the rapidly growing population worldwide, contending that there had been significant achievements recorded in improving the health and well-being of women globally.
He noted that women across the globe were using modern contraception to plan their pregnancies than ever before, adding that women now gave birth in health facilities with professional medical care.
The statement said, “Today, more women than ever before are using modern contraception to plan their pregnancies.
“More women give birth in health facilities with professional medical care. And fewer people are dying from AIDS. These results are thanks to the global community’s efforts to bring essential drugs and services to the poorest regions of the world.
“Yet, these gains have barely kept pace with rapidly growing populations. If we don’t speed up the pace of investment in sexual and reproductive health, we risk losing the gains we have made.”