Sweden has committed 6 million Swedish kronor ($7.26 lakh) to support UN Population Agency's efforts in strengthening the quality and availability of sexual and reproductive health services in Bangladesh during COVID-19.
An agreement was signed in this regard by Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde and UNFPA Bangladesh Representative Dr Asa Torkelsson during a ceremony at the Sweden Embassy today.
The new assistance takes the total Swedish contribution to UNFPA to 127 million Swedish kronor ($15.5 million) within 2017-2022 period.
In a statement, Linde said during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is all the more important to ensure safe pregnancies and childbirths as well as reducing maternal mortality among the most vulnerable.
"We are happy to continue this partnership with UNFPA. Our support is part of the long-term commitment that Sweden has to strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights in Bangladesh," she said.
Expressing deep gratitude to Sweden for the support, Asa Torkelsson said the support will help UNFPA's efforts to protect the lives of women, adolescent girls and newborns during Covid-19.
"Together, we will continue to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled despite the challenges posed by this pandemic,'' she said.