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Cooperation Between Faith-Based Organizations and UNFPA Critical to Maternal Health, Say Groups
Date:8/6/2009

ement that is at once sensitive, dignified and coherent, that recognizes culture as not only a viable entry point, but the framework for the development of gender equality and human rights."

Opening the meeting on Monday, UNFPA's Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, said that engaging with faith-based organizations in development work was a priority for UNFPA because of the "profound moral authority that religious leaders have, and we were all aware of the fact that religious organizations are the oldest social service providers humankind has known."

"To become strategic and sustainable, we needed to engage these critical service providers, given the critical personal and community-based connection between the people and the faith-based organization centres providing services," Ms. Obaid added.

UNFPA is an international development agency that promotes the rights of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and women is treated with dignity and respect.


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