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UNESCO REF partners Association of Community Pharmacists on UN goals

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By Funmilayo Adeyemi

The Read and Earn Federation for UNESCO (UNESCO REF) has sought a strategic partnership with the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) towards the attainment of UN global goals.

The President, UNESCO REF, Prince Abdulsalami Ladigbolu announced this during a visit to the National Chairman of ACPN, Adewale Oladigbolu, in Abuja on Monday.

Ladigbolu said that the partnership was under the UNESCO REF Strategic Intervention Programme-ALPHA (SIP-ALPHA).

According to him, this will provide knowledge exchange, advocacy and sensitisation of communities on the need to be part of the global community towards actualisation of united action’s goals.

“The purpose of this communication is to seek a strategic partnership on “Health Priority Scheme”

“This is through knowledge exchange, advocacy and sensitisation of communities on the need to be part of the global community towards actualisation of united action’s goal 3.

“This is with emphasis on goal 3.1. By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births,” Ladigbolu said.

He said Goal 3.3- by 2030 is to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.

“Goal 3.5- Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse.

“Goal 3.7- by 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education.

“And the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes and others,” Ladigbolu said.

He said that the organisation was saddled with the objectives of preventing the increase of out-of-school children; while strategically addressing the issue of climate change.

Ladigbolu added that there was need to achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

Responding, the National Chairman, ACPN, Adewale Oladigbolu, pledged the association’s commitment to work with the UNESCO REF in the attainment of the global goals.

“There is indeed a commitment to contribute our quota towards actualising substantial attainment of the United Nations global goals before or by 2030 by advancing initiatives with your institution.

“It is our hope that both parties would benefit immensely with the commitment of contributing towards building a sustainable synergy for the advancement of humanity and the society at large,” Oladigbolu said. (NAN) www.nannews.ng


Edited by Razak Owolabi

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