He was speaking at the launch of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV – Knows No Borders (KNB) Phase II project 2021-2026, last week Thursday.
Mr Kwenim said this right allows women and girls especially migrants to make healthy choices about how they wish to lead their lives.
To ensure that they can genuinely make correct choices, the IOM works with other UN agencies, ministries of health and other partners, including Save the Children to provide access to complete and accurate HIV and SRH information, as well as ensure effective linkage and referrals to existing primary health care services.
Within the coming six years, IOM considers partnership and collaboration with donors, Member States and partners to be critical to respond to the SRH and HIV challenges posed by migration in the region and more so, within the context of the COVID19 pandemic.
“We will also harness delivering as one UN approach to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing, SGD 5 on universal access to SRH services and elimination of child marriages as well as SDG 8 on youth skills development with focus on young vulnerable people, migrants and sex workers,” Mr Kwenim also said.
Dr ’Makhoase Ranyali-Otubanjo from the Ministry of Health said projects of this scope give them hope that the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of marginalised groups such as migrants, sex workers and young vulnerable people will be realised.