Yen Sim Kuek
I have been working in the past ten years to strengthen and support programmes and projects that provide family planning and reproductive health services to marginalized communities where it is most lacking such as sex workers, drug users, juveniles, refugees and migrant workers. I have also through the current job provided technical assistance to and conducted accreditation reviews on family planning associations located in East, South East Asia and Oceania region such as Myanmar, Laos, Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa to strengthen governance, management, strategic direction and programme of the associations, leading to effective delivery of family planning to women and girls. This has in turn synergized government efforts in achieving MDGs to reduce maternal and child mortality.
There are pockets of society in Malaysia like sex workers, undocumented immigrants and unmarried young people who family planning needs are neglected, despite the fast growing economy. Family planning can change their lives by allowing them to attain good health, enjoy good quality of personal and family life as well as improving their economy status. Seeing those who are in need receive family planning and other health services they deserve, leading to life changing continue to inspire me.
Inequity in access to family planning due to national law and policies posts the biggest challenge in my country.