Geneva rolls out red carpet for innovative family planning champions

On May 22, the World Health Assembly will celebrate five countries and their innovative and scalable reproductive health ideas.

The Resolve Awards 2012 will recognize Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal and Rwanda, and give special mention to Yemen at the Geneva gathering.

Launched in May 2011, the nonmonetary award is given out by the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, which comprises current and former government leaders and senior officials from more than a dozen countries, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister and now U.N. Development Program Administrator Helen Clark.

It recognizes the progress of governments in achieving universal access to reproductive health, one of the two main targets under the Millennium Development Goal 5.

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