IPPF Director-General Dr Alvaro Bermejo and China’s Vice Premier Madam Sun Chunlan have met in Beijing to discuss the changes in family planning and population policy in China and the direction of a new partnership between IPPF and China.
In the meeting, which took place on April 3rd, Dr Bermejo said he knew that family planning had been an important part of China's development over the last 40 years, with the China Family Planning Association (CFPA), an IPPF member association, playing a significant role. He also expressed a desire for IPPF to work more closely with China in the future.
Dr Bermejo said:
“IPPF is keen to develop a new partnership with China and IPPF, deepening our joint cooperation and understanding. That should include a focus more on 'quality' of populations (eg migrants, rural-urban disparity, ageing) and family health approach (eg health of women, new-born, child, adolescent and elderly people) in China, a greater role for China in south - south collaboration and its Belt and Road Initiative, and in global heath development. We also needs to see a great global focus on sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings. IPPF’s unique federal structure can help in leveraging China's experience and knowledge to the benefit of IPPF member associations in developing countries.”
Vice Premier Sun said:
“All the areas of cooperation proposed by IPPF are important to China. China's development process is still continuing and we are happy to share China's experience with developing countries to improve people's health. Let's explore further areas of health together.”
Dr Bermejo also meet with the President of CFPA, H.E. Mr Wang Gang, the Standing Vice President of CFPA, H.E. Mr Wang Paian and Vice Minister of Health H.E. Mr Yu Xuejun of the National Health Commission, and discussing the ways in which family planning can contribute to China's efforts to meet sustainable development goals