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The launch of the INDIA – UN Development Partnership Fund Project entitled “REDUCING ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY IN GUYANA” took place on the 7th of June, 2019 at the Sophia Exhibition Centre in Guyana. The UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for Caribbean will act as the executing agency for the programme which targets adolescents aged 10 to 19 in Region 1 (Barima - Waini) and Region 9 (Upper Takutu - Upper Essequibo) which are two rural regions in Guyana. The country has one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Key stakeholders attending the launch included:


  • Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana
  • The Hon. Ms. Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health in Guyana
  • Ms. Alison Drayton, UNFPA Representative and Director of the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean and
  • Mr. Venkatachalam Mahalingam, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana