Kohima, July 23: The Family Planning Association of (FPA) India is a volunteer led movement and the dedicated commitment of its volunteers continues to be a major source of the Association’s strength and influence.
This was said by FPA India, Nagaland Branch, president Helena Yepthomi during the 70th Foundation Day celebration of FPA India at its satellite centre here Tuesday. Her speech was read out by FPA India Nagaland branch general manager Vincent Belho in her absentia.
Yepthomi said that a volunteer in FPA India shares the Association’s mission, vision and values and offers time, knowledge, skills and experience to further the objectives of the Association.
The volunteers, she said do so with the aim of making a difference to the community and improving the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of the people, especially the poor, marginalized, socially excluded and underserved.
The volunteers of FPA India play a critical role in furthering the cause of ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for all’, she said.
She said FPA India is celebrating volunteerism and looking at contributions made by volunteers over the past 70 years.
In order to meet the challenges of the changing world, and remain relevant and be responsive, she said the Association is identifying newer paradigms of volunteerism by attracting and engaging men, women and young people, who subscribe to the mission and core values of FPA India.
She also said that in order to further the cause of SRHR the volunteers of the FPA India acknowledges that sexual and reproductive health and rights is an integral part of every human life, and therefore an enabling environment must be ensured.
She also said that FPA India commits to sexual and reproductive rights as human rights and that non-discrimination underlines protection and promotion of all human rights irrespective of gender and sexual identities.
FPA India ensures that sexual and reproductive rights for all include a commitment to individual respect, freedom and protection from harm, she said.
On the occasion, she said, FPA India pledges to unite to garner greater momentum in creating a movement ensuring sexual and reproductive rights for all.
Giving a brief overview of FPA India, Counsellor Ville Rhetso FPA India is considered the premier national non-governmental voluntary organization in India. It has been recognized as India’s leading and largest SRH organization and is a founding member of International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world’s largest non-governmental organization and advocate of Sexual reproductive Health and Rights working in several other countries.
She also highlighted the mission, vision and commitment of the Association.
Also giving a brief history of Nagaland Branch, she said it was established in 1977 by a group of like-minded and socially concern for the welfare of poor people and also worked towards Mother and Child Health.
Over the years, she said the branch has expanded its work to include programmes covering maternal and child survival, male involvement, adolescent and young people, sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, gender inequities and basic rights of men and women.
FPA India Nagaland Branch, general manager, Vincent Belho along with dignitaries felicitated the best performing staff of the branch.
The occasion was marked with special presentation by winners of various Seasons of Top Acts while Program Officer, Akangkokla Namo delivered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)