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UNITED NATIONS IN NIGERIAMonthly NewsletterUNFPA calls for Male Involvement in Maternal Health on World Population Day11 July World Population Day 2007 At Sheraton Abujaorld Population Day wasWinstituted in 1989 as anoutgrowth of the Day of Five Billionmarked on 11 July 1987. It seeks tofocus attention on the importance andurgency of population issues,particularly in the context of overalldevelopment. The Day is markedaround the world with rallies,exhibitions and public awarenesscampaigns highlighting its theme.In order to commemorate WorldPopulation Day 2007, week-longactivities were undertaken incollaboration with the NationalPopulation Commission, otherGovernment counterparts and NGOs.Youths, men and women groupsrallied at six local government councils- Buwari L.G.A. Kuje, Gwagwalada,Abaji,Kwalli and Amac of F.C.T Abujato sensitize and create awareness onthe theme “Men as Partners inMaternal Health” in. A school debatefor secondary school pupils was heldat the National PopulationCommission Conference Hall, and apublic lecture was conducted as agrand finale at a hotel in Abuja on 11July 2007.The statement of the UNFPAExecutive Director on WorldPopulation Day was delivered by Dr.Ismaila Sulaiman, UNFPA AssistantRepresentative. In essence, themessage emphasized that maleinvolvement could make a substantialdifference in saving life and preservingthe health and lives of women andchildren. She called onmen who make mostdecisions in the family andin government where theypreside over policy andprogrammes that directlyaffect women and girls topartner in promotingmaternal health.Dr. Sulaimanexpressed that today toomany women die fromeasily preventablecomplications of pregnancyand childbirth, and thatevery minute one womanloses her life. UNFPAExecutive DirectorThoraya Ahmed Obaid wantsgovernment to commit more funds toreproductive health so that “Nowoman would die giving life” and inpromoting the right of every womanto enjoy a life of health, dignity andequal opportunity.”In a separate message, deliveredby Mr. Alberic Kacou, UN ResidentCoordinator in Nigeria, UnitedNations Secretary-General Ban Kimoonsaid, “as partners in maternalhealth, men can save lives.” Thesupport of an informed husband”, saidMr. Ban, “improves outcomes ofpregnancy and childbirth and canmean the difference between life anddeath especially in cases ofcomplications, when women needimmediate medical care. Asupportive father can play animportant role in the love, care andnurturance of their children”, theSecretary-General added.Other guest speakers thatpresented papers at the occasionwere Dr. Hadiza Galadanci,Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologistfrom Kano, and Professor O. A.Ladipo of the Association forReproductive and Family Health(ARFH), Ibadan.The lecture entitled “Maternalhealth situation in Nigeria and Men asPartners in Maternal Health” waspresented by Dr. Galadanci, givingexamples of the three delays thatcause maternal death and explaininghow men as partners have a role incorrecting or reducing the delays ateach of the levels, particularly the firstlevel of delay. The levels of delays sheidentified are:1) Delay in decision to access healthfacility when labour starts;2) Delay in reaching the facility afterthe decision has been taken; and3) Delay in receiving the appropriatecare from the health facilityShe gave statistics that 30-40% ofmaternal deaths occur at the firststage. Lack of Information andadequate knowledge about signs ofcomplications and danger signalsduring labour, cultural practices andrestriction of Women from seekinghealth care and accessibility areresponsible for the first level of delaywhile the second level of delay is dueto poor siting of health facilities, poorroad and communication network,poor community support. The thirddelay is attributed to inadequateskilled personnel, inadequateequipment and supplies and lack ofmotivations of staff.She called for adoption ofstrategies such as generating politicalpriority for maternal mortality, girl childeducation, community healtheducation, women empowerment,male involvement, and effectivereferral system to redress theidentified delays.Prof. Ladipo spoke on therationale for involving men inmaternal health and reiterated thatmen are frequently described as theforgotten reproductive health clients,particularly in family planningservices and child care. He addedthat when men are involved inreproductive health decisions andbecomes concerned about equity,both men and women are more likelyto communicate with each other,make joint decisions aboutcontraceptive use, discuss how manychildren they would like to have andbe actively involved in child rearingand domestic chores4

UNITED NATIONS IN NIGERIAMonthly NewsletterUNHCR to End Promotion of Voluntary Repatriation of Liberian Refugees on30 June 2007n 29 June 2007, the NationalOCommission for Refugees(NCFR), the Embassy of the Republicof Liberia and the Office of the UnitedNations High Commissioner forRefugees in Nigeria jointly signed inAbuja a communiqué declaring theend of the Promotion of VoluntaryRepatriation for Liberian Refugees.Out of the 6,000 Liberian refugeesregistered by UNHCR and NCFR, atotal of 2,112 Liberian refugees havebeen voluntarily repatriated.This decision was taken in duerecognition of the foundations forlasting peace, stability, national unityand reconciliation which wereestablished in Liberia with signing ofthe Comprehensive PeaceAgreement of 18 August 2003, theestablishment of a UN PeacekeepingLiberian refugees boarding a ship to go homeUNODC Launches Action Plan for Strengthening Judicial Integrity andCapacity in Kaduna State 2007two-day Integrity Meeting for theAdevelopment of an Action Planfor Strengthening Judicial Integrityand Capacity in Kaduna State wasorganized by the United NationsOffice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)and the National Judicial Institute(NJI) in Kaduna on 27 and 28 June2007. The event was part of theimplementation process for the EU-UNODC-Federal Government ofNigeria project, “Support to theEconomic and Financial CrimesCommission (EFCC) and theNigerian Judiciary”. The goal of theproject is to complement the NigerianMission in Liberia (UNMIL) inOctober 2003 as well as thelaunching of a Disarmament,Demobilization, Repatriation,Rehabilitation and Reintegrationprocess of December 2003. Thus,the Government of the Republic ofLiberia as well as the internationalcommunity recognized the need todesign, plan and also assist in thevoluntary repatriation andreintegration of Liberian refugees inaccordance with internationalconventions, norms and practices.A series of activities were carriedout in order to enable refugees takeinformed decision, in recognition ofthe right of all citizens to leave andreturn to their country as a basichuman right enshrined in article 13(2) of the 1948 Universal Declarationof Human Rights andArticle 12 of the 1966InternationalConvention on Civiland Political Rights.On 22 June 2005, atripartite agreementfor the voluntaryrepatriation ofLiberian refugeeswas signed amongthe Governments ofLiberia and Nigeria asGovernment'sefforts to fightcorruption,economic andfinancial crimet h r o u g hstrengthening thecapacity of theEFCC, Training andResearch Institute(TRI), the NigerianF i n a n c i a lIntelligence Unit(NFIU) and otherContinued on page 6well as the UNHCR.In February 2006, theUNHCR formally5declared the commencement of thepromotional phase of voluntaryrepatriation of Liberian refugees.Other activities include the following:· Planning workshop on promotionof Voluntary Repatriation of LiberianRefugees;· State visit to Nigeria of PresidentEllen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia andher meeting with refugees in Abujaon 4 March 2006;· “Go and See” visit of refugees toreceiving communities in Liberia inApril 2006;· Mass information campaign inOru Camp and Lagos in April 2006;· Mass information mission fromLiberia to Oru Camp and Lagos inApril 2006;· Mass information campaign fromJuly to December 2006; and· Registration for the promotionalphase of voluntary repatriation whichended on 30 June 2007.The Communiqué also declaredthat following the end of promotion ofvoluntary repatriation for Liberianrefugees on 30 June 2007, Liberianrefugees who are not disposed toreturning home to Liberia areencouraged to take advantage of theLocal Integration processcommencing 1 July 2007L-R: The Chief Judge of Kaduna State, Hon. Justice Cudjoe, TheKaduna State Governor, H.E Arch. Mohammed Sambo and UNODCSenior Project Coordinator Mr. Anthony Buckingham at the Kaduna StateIntegrity Meeting.5

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