Issuing a joint communique today, World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of Sri Lanka condemned recent incidents of communal violence highlighting the importance of ensuring increased access to accurate reproductive health information.
The statement said, “Particularly in relation to the Ampara incident, which stemmed from inaccurate information relating to reproductive health.”
Current UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and WHO Representative in Sri Lanka, Dr. Razia Pendse, said: “There is no medication or ‘pills’ currently known or available that can permanently make a human being sterile. The information on use of an ‘infertility pill’ or ‘sterilization pill’ mixed with food is baseless with no scientific evidence.”
UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, said: “The need to ensure increased access to accurate reproductive health information, especially among youth, is so apparent. Wrong information on reproductive health is being used to ignite hatred and create tensions between ethnic communities. This should not and cannot happen.”
WHO and UNFPA are two UN Resident Agencies within the United Nations System in Sri Lanka, working towards good health and wellbeing of all Sri Lankans.
WHO strives to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. UNFPA works to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health information and in upholding reproductive rights.