Ghana: Samira Bawumia on family planning at UNFPA gala

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Mrs Samira Bawumia attended the UNFPA Gala night on Family Planning in Accra. In her keynote address Mrs. Bawumia emphasized the need for increased public education on family planning. This she said will empower women and accelerate socio-economic development.

According to World Health Organisation’s (WHOs) statistical profile on Ghana, total fertility rate per woman is 3.9 as of 2013. The TFR of women in the country ranges from 2.5 births per woman in Greater Accra to 6.8 births per woman in the Northern Region. The majority women in Ghana do not use have access to adequate family planning resources. Just 22% of married women report contraceptive use in Ghana.

UNFPA, is a UN organisation whose work involves the improvement of reproductive health. UNFPA brought up an initiative in July 2012 at the London Summit on Family Planning. The initiative is to provide around 2 million family planning services by 2013, and also to have 120 million more women and girls to have access to family planning by 2020.

Mrs Samira Bawumia holds an MBA from GIMPA, and a BA in Social Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She is married to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana.



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