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Cabo Delgado governor Julio Parruque at the launch of the 'SPARC' project. [Photo: Fundação Aga Khan / Supplied]
The Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique on Monday launched a project to promote sexual and reproductive rights and the health of young women and girls in Cabo Delgado province in the north of the country.
The project’s declared aim is to “improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services”, using awareness-raising campaigns to make them “gender-sensitive and adolescent friendly”, according to a statement distributed to the media.
The project, which is part-financed by the government of Canada, is to be implemented in the districts of Mueda, Muidumbe, Nangade, Namuno, Balama and Montepuez, all in Cabo Delgado, to benefit a projected 438,841 people, mostly women.
“This five-year project is a response to a direct request from the Provincial Health Directorate in Cabo Delgado to the Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique to expand its work in the areas of sexual and reproductive rights and health in six priority districts,” the statement adds.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, the governor of Cabo Delgado, Júlio Paruque, stressed the importance of the project for the communities involved.
“The partnership we have established with the government of Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation should contribute more confidently and quickly to breaking down barriers faced by women and adolescents in accessing sexual and reproductive health rights and services in our land,” the statement quoted Paruque as saying.
The Aga Khan Foundation has been in Mozambique since 2001, developing and supporting initiatives in sectors such as agriculture and food security, health, nutrition and education.Source: Lusa
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