World Health Assembly 2012

21-26 MAY 2012 | GENEVA

The 2012 Resolve Awards

Delivering on the Promise of Universal Access to Reproductive Health

22 MAY 2012 | WHA, GENEVA - The Global Leader Council for Reproductive Health, represented by member Dr Joy Phumaphi, presented Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda and Yemen with the 2012 Resolve Awards. The Awards recognized reproductive efforts in the following countries:

Nepal for introducing innovative financing mechanisms to overcome cultural barriers to institutional delivery, accepted by His Excellency Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal to the UNOG, WTO, and Other International Organizations.

Malawi for policy development in repositioning family planning as a development issue, which has contributed to countrywide scale up of programs, accepted by Dr. Charles Mwansambo, Principal Secretary for Health Ministry.

Rwanda and Ethiopia for service delivery:

  • Rwanda for expanding service delivery through task shifting, accepted by Dr Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, Director General of Clinical Services, Ministry of Health;
  • Ethiopia for its Health Extension Worker Scheme, accepted by Honorable Kebede Worku, State Minister.

Yemen: Special mention for its increase in contraceptive prevalence rate, accepted by Dr Jamela Saleh Alraiby, Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population

The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health is an unprecedented effort to increase momentum at the highest political levels for improved reproductive health. Chaired by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, these senior leaders from more than a dozen countries believe that expanding access to reproductive health will be a breakthrough strategy for lasting development and prosperity worldwide.

The Award Ceremony was hosted by Ambassador Betty King, of the US Permanent Mission, with interventions by: Dr Joseph Kasonde, Minister of Health of Zambia, the Honourable Nils Daulaire, Director of the Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID and Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization.