The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sierra Leone this week hosted a high-level delegation from its Regional Office in Dakar and Headquarters in New York led by the Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin, the Director of the Technical Division Dr. Julitta Onabanjo and the Director of the Policy and Strategy Division Mr. Arthur Erken.
The delegation conducted a strategic review of the agency’s programs in West and Central Africa. It examined the status of its transformative results in the region, including opportunities for advancing maternal health and family planning and empowering women and young people.
The review took place from 28-30 November 2022 and brought together experts from across UNFPA offices, including global and regional advisers and six Country Representatives from West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa and the Arab States, as well as participants from partner organizations. The mission took a deep-dive focus on Sierra Leone and Niger and held discussions with officials from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as well as development partners in Sierra Leone.
Reflecting on the meeting, UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin said that, “The deep dive was long overdue. Like other partners, UNFPA is soul-searching on what innovations and strategies we could contribute to accelerate the reduction of Maternal mortality and improve Family Planning in Sierra Leone. We are encouraged by the very ambitious targets the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone set to reduce maternal mortality to less than half its current numbers in only three years. It is challenging but doable; because no woman should die giving life.”