The United Nations Population Fund has announced Star actress, movie director and producer Stephanie Linus as the Regional Ambassador for maternal health in West and Central Africa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who was represented by Mr Greg Izuwa, the Deputy Director, Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health made the announcement at the unveiling ceremony organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Lagos.
The Deputy Representative of UNFPA, Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, stated that Stephanie Linus was chosen based on the passion she has for women and children and her huge fan base. Stephanie expressed her willingness to partner with UNFPA in order to create an enabling environment for women, girls and every young person to fulfill their potential.
As an Ambassador, her duty will be to advocate and raise awareness on issues pertaining to women and the girl child- reproductive health care for women and girls, family planning etc whilst encouraging policies and laws that protect the rights and dignity of the girl child and investments needed for young people to fulfill their potential and for Africa to reap its demographic dividend.
Stephanie expressed her delight to work with UNFPA and willingness to use her network to make the issues widely known so as to create an enabling environment for women, girls and every young individual to fulfill their potential.
She also promised to work closely with the UNFPA to draw attention to all the works that still needs to be done across the region in order to increase universal access to information and sexual reproductive health services.