Sunday, 13 July 2008

Bhutan : World population day observed

July 12: July 11 is observed as the World Population Day. Here in Bhutan the day was marked at the RBP ground in Wangduephodrang. The UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and the Founder of RENEW, Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck graced the occasion.

The theme for the World Population Day this year is, “Family Planning-It’s a right, let’s make it real”. It reinforces the right to family planning.

The Health Secretary, Dasho Dr. Gado Tshering read out the message from Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck on the day.

Her Majesty said the day is an excellent opportunity to take stock and reflect on the critical importance of family planning- a fundamental component of reproductive health that has direct impact on the lives of the Bhutanese people and the lives of millions around the world.

Her Majesty said the collective efforts at the national level supported by visionary leadership, well balanced policies in areas of population, development and poverty has brought significant progress in improving the reproductive health of the Bhutanese people. Her Majesty said statistics reveal reductions in infant mortality, maternal mortality and fertility rates.

Her Majesty said the progress is impressive but there is no room for complacency. Speaking at the function, the officiating UN resident coordinator Gepke Hingst said appropriate family planning has a positive effect on poverty, maternal health, child care and education.

Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck launched a documentary film on population and a Guide book for teachers. Her Majesty also hosted a tokha for the public.

NFE learners of Tencholing, Dzongkhag dancers, women association of Wangduephodrang and the wives of the RBA personnel presented a cultural program.

The event was attended by the Wangdue Dzongda, Dzongrab, Dzongkhag officials and representatives from the international agencies in Bhutan.

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