Gov’t, Partners Strengthen UNFPA Coordination

The government, through the Population Policy Coordination Unit (PPCU), Secretariat of the National Population Commission (NPC), on Friday, August 7, held a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) partners’ coordination meeting for UNFPA project implementation partners.

Held under the theme, “Putting Human Face to Development,” the meeting brought together 30 participants from key agencies of government and representatives of none-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Mr. Daniel W. Garteh, Coordinator, PPCU Secretariat of NPC, informed participants that their presence at the meeting virtually qualified them as parts of government’s efforts to bring positive changes in the lives of Liberians.

Mr. Garteh appreciated the participants’ collaborative efforts in putting human face to development in the country, especially the interventions they made when they joined the fight against Ebola through spreading of anti-Ebola messages, providing items related to the fight, etc.

The meeting was held with funding from UNFPA in support of the participants, who are population policy implementers on behalf of the government that will bring quality lives to the citizens.

“The meeting was geared towards providing progress report through which PPCU would want to know the progress the implementers made during the period under review, your challenges, the lessons you learnt and what you would recommend as solutions to some of the challenges you may have encountered,” Mr. Garteh told the participants.

Dr. T. Edward Liberty, the director-general of Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) in a special remark, extended gratitude to the participants on behalf of the government, and its partners including the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), and all UN agencies that worked hard in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), which plagued the country last year.

LISGIS, he said, has been working strategically by providing the relevant data to the government and partners since the outbreak of Ebola in March, 2014; stands out as the foremost research institution, tasked with collecting and disseminating official statistical and spatial information/data for Liberia.

“Related to the Ebola fight, LISGIS national move has been focused on the gathering of spatial Research and Analytical data aimed at building EVD emergency response,” Dr. Liberty told the participants.

He said, LISGIS’ role does not only support an emergency response to the Ebola fight, but looks at developing a road map of Liberia’s recovery from the socio- economic and health impacts of EVD on the country with reference to the projects.

Dr. Philderarld Pratt, UNFPA Assistant Representative Liberia, promised to work with the partners or the participants to improve and or manage any future outbreak should there be any suck like the Ebola virus.

Participants represented by the Ministries of Health, Gender and Development, Youth and Sports, etc. presented papers of the first quarter reports of the implementation on the challenges, achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations to the UNFPA for review.