Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Peru recognized for FP/RH gains at WHA

Sarah Lindsay

Senior Technical Officer

At a World Health Assembly side event Tuesday, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health presented the Resolve Award to four countries for the progress made by their respective governments toward delivering on the promise of universal access to reproductive health. The award is designed to honor innovative and scalable approaches in increasing access to reproductive health services.  Awards for service delivery were presented to Tanzania and Cambodia, and awards for policy development were presented to Peru and Afghanistan.  

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro (above), Member of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and President of the Global Fund for Women presented the awards to the Ministers of Health. Emphasizing the importance of countries making progress in reproductive health, Dr. Kanyoro said, "All people prosper when they have opportunities, especially opportunities with access to health and more importantly family planning."

H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil (above), Minister of Public Health, accepted  the award for policy development for Afghanistan, telling the audience that this award recognizes the thousands of health workers in the communities across the country. Since 2009, Afghanistan has trained 1,500 mullahs to serve as community-level champions for reproductive health.

Award reciepients with Mike Mbizo, Former Director of the WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research (left), and Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro. Awardees include: H.E. Ambassador Luis Enrique Chavez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Peru to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva; H.E.  Dr. Seif Seleman Rashidi, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania;  H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; H.E. Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The program ended with a call for nominations for 2015. Next year, the Global Leaders Council on Reproductive Health's Resolve Award theme is equity and rights-based approaches to reproductive health.