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In Latin America and the Caribbean, maternal mortality has stagnated at approximately 190 per 100,000 live births with inter and intra-country disparities.  This occurs in an environment where an average 75%-80% of deliveries are attended by a skilled person implying poor access to or ineffective care (26th Pan American Sanitary Conference, 2002; Regional Interagency Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality).

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Despite relatively high levels of human development, the countries in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean suffer from inequality, social exclusion, unemployment and growing violence. Joblessness and poverty are contributing to crime, especially among young people.

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The UN System is committed to supporting the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) to advance the lives and well-being of all citizens through support to national priorities and goals as outlined in the Medium Term Socio-Economic Development Framework (MTF), the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed commitments and obligations.

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Despite relatively high levels of human development, the countries in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean suffer from inequality, social exclusion, unemployment and growing violence. Joblessness and poverty are contributing to crime, especially among young people.

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The UN System is committed to supporting the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) to advance the lives and well-being of all citizens through support to national priorities and goals as outlined in the Medium Term Socio-Economic Development Framework (MTF), the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed commitments and obligations.

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The birth of a child is a special and miraculous event and every man who witnesses it for the first time confesses that it is a life changing experience. Happily, in most parts of the world, men now have the right and the opportunity to participate in the birth of their children. Those men who’ve provided this kind of maternal support often recount their experiences for days to come as they bask in the beauty and wonder of their new born.

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The birth of a child is a special and miraculous event and every man who witnesses it for the first time confesses that it is a life changing experience. Happily, in most parts of the world, men now have the right and the opportunity to participate in the birth of their children.

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The document was used as a tool for sensitising peer educators, health service providers and community development workers under the UNFPA/ASRH VIP Youth Project. Initial impetus for this undertaking was inspired by former UNFPA Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Oyebade Ajayi, who had confidence in the ATRFMU to demonstrate its commitment to the improvement of adolescent/youth sexual and reproductive health and rights status.

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The document was used as a tool for sensitising peer educators, health service providers and community development workers under the UNFPA/ASRH VIP Youth Project. 

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