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Monday, September 20, 2021

July 11 is World Population day

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Press Release

On Wednesday July 11th, The Government of The Gambia and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will join the rest of the world, to commemorate World Population Day 2018, on the global theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”. The commemoration will take the form of a procession from QCELL Office, Kairaba Avenue, to the Youth Monument at Westfield, bringing together young people, women communities, government officials, traditional and religious leaders, members of the Population Taskforce, and UN agencies, to interact and access relevant information. World Population Day is about countering any notion of “population control”, strengthening the global rights and development frameworks that support it, and ensuring that future generations never take a hard-won human right for granted. The current Contraceptive Prevalence Rate in The Gambia is 9% and an unmet need for Family Planning of 24.9%. Although not encouraging, these figures call for more interventions in advocating for contraceptive uptake and breaking the socio-cultural norms that do not encourage Family Planning in communities.

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