Posted by : Posted on : 15-Feb-2020

Could the UNFPA help with funds for the building or reconstruction of health Clinics in the Solomon Islands?

Unless I am wrong, I believe in September 2015, the Solomon Islands, along with 192 other member states of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, being a set of goals aimed at transforming the world over a period of 15 years. The goals designed to eliminate poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, addressing environmental destruction and ushering in an era of development.

The Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious, and require enormous efforts across countries, continents, industries and disciplines, but they are achievable and UNFPA works with governments, partners and other UN agencies to directly tackle many of the goals.

Knowing that health care is a pre-requisite for effective development in the Solomon Islands and also knowing that the United Nations Population Fund is committed to helping developing countries like the Solomon Islands, I was interested to read that that the UNFPA supports (quote)

“Countries in using population data for policies and program 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 woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA helps governments, at their request, to formulate policies and strategies to support sustainable development and gender equality. UNFPA assists in health emergencies and protects human rights. They have celebrity sponsors and key corporations promote causes and raise money for increased aid.

“Also the UNFPA is committed to strengthening human resources for health by opening clinics, by recruiting personnel and by progressive training, especially in maternal health with midwifery workforce where there is a critical shortage in needy developing countries.”

Given what is said about the UNFPA being “committed to strengthening human resources for health by opening clinics,” could the Solomon Islands Government not request help from the UNFPA for the vitally needed funds for the building or re-building of health clinics that are so urgently needed throughout the country to progress sustainable development in line with essential health care?

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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