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Fayeeza and Arif Naqvi win Global Humanitarian Award for Women’s and Children’s Health

KARACHI: Chairman of the Aman Foundation Fayeeza Naqvi was honored as one of the four winners of the first ever Global Humanitarian Award for Women’s and Children’s Health.

According to a press release by Aman Foundation, the award which was conferred for the first time at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia’s Nusa Dua recognizes individuals who have invested private wealth to advance reproductive, maternal, neo-natal and child health especially family planning at a global level with great vision and leadership.

“We are honored to count Fayeeza and Arif at the 2016 Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health. Their tremendous contributions to family planning and maternal, neonatal and children’s health epitomize the theme of the the 2016 InternationalConference on Family Planning: Global Commitments, Local Actions”,

The ICFP takes place 25–28 January 2016; it is co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia (BkkbN).

Chair of the ICFP International Steering Committee and Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health Jose “Oying” Rimon II said that it was a honor to count Fayeeza and Arif at the 2016 Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health.

“Their tremendous contributions to family planning and maternal, neonatal and children’s health epitomize the theme of the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning: Global Commitments, Local Actions”, he said.

The release stated that the award pays tribute to the transformative work of the Aman Foundation in the area of women and children’s health, exemplified by innovative programs developed by Aman Health and its dedicated family planning program, Sukh, which was launched as a concrete outcome for the London Summit on Family Planning.

It was also mentioned in the release that Sukh was established as a joint collaboration between the Gates, Packard and Aman Foundations. The program today covers a population of one million in some of the most underserved and challenging areas of Karachi.

Sukh has already impacted more than 77,000 married women of reproductive age (MWRAs), creating more than 4000 modern contraceptive users. It has also led to the establishment of two training centers and 12 teacher-training programs across schools in the local community. The initiative has also partnered with the local government to ensure long-term sustainability within the community.

“Aman is dedicated to promoting the centrality of family, and dignity of life for all. The ‘Sukh’ program was created with this mission in mind, and seeks to foster gender equality, by giving women the power of choice. We believe that healthy, educated and empowered women build strong families and productive communities. Aman aims to develop programs that convene international partners to bring best practise and expertise in collaboration with local government to ensure scalable and sustainable impact. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the Aman Foundation and look forward to working closely with my fellow awardees in furthering the cause of family planning and maternal health”, Naqvi said.

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