Trinidad & Tobago: FPA pleads for increased funding

Monday, June 29th 2009

The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago is pleading with the Government to increase the annual subvention it provides to the association.

The organisation’s president, Jacqueline Sharpe, made the call for increased funding on Thursday while delivering “A Report to the Nation” at the association’s annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Port of Spain.

“I am pleading with the Government to increase the subvention to FPATT. We have demonstrated that the investment is money well spent,” Sharpe said.

Sharpe, in providing an overview of association’s work for 2008, said while they have worked “relentlessly” in the past year and made major strides, there was still a lot more work to be done, hence the need for increased Government funding.

“I wish I could tell you here today that the society is healing, that fewer women are being raped, fewer children are being killed, and that teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS are on a rapid decline. Sadly as you know very well, I cannot.

“As we look behind the headlines so many of the stories of despair and violence have a strong theme that speaks to unfulfilled sexual and reproductive health and rights. Yes, this is the context in which the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago is working. Our mission is about advocating for and providing sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Sharpe said.

She said during the past year the association was able to form strong partnerships with members of all sectors of society, including the church, legal and medical fraternity, many of whom have joined hands with FPATT to create the change they want to see in the society. She said the association has also been able to form alliances with members of the sex work community – one of the more vulnerable groups.

Sharpe said the association will continue to hold hands with all stakeholders in promoting sexual and reproductive health and is looking forward to forming more partnerships in future for the purpose of getting the work done.

-Rohandra John

Original at Trinidad & Tobago Express

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