ZFF Honored by UNFPA: A Decade of Transformative Impact in Family Planning, Maternal Health, and Youth Leadership

News | by Krizzia Esperanza

The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) received a prestigious Plaque of Recognition from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on November 30, 2023. This accolade serves as a tribute to ZFF’s unwavering support, dedication, and significant contributions as an implementing partner in the critical missions of ending unmet need for family planning, preventing maternal deaths, and eradicating gender-based violence and harmful practices.

The recognition extends beyond ZFF’s pivotal role in these global initiatives. The award specifically acknowledges ZFF’s accomplishments and steadfast commitment to nurturing competent youth leaders through its Youth Leadership and Governance Program. This transformative program, initially implemented in Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and Lanao del Sur from 2019 to 2023, was later expanded to Samar and Southern Leyte in 2023.

Dr. Dorie Lyn Balanoba, ZFF’s Project Director for UNFPA-ZFF Partnerships, accepted the well-deserved recognition on behalf of ZFF during the UNFPA Closing Activity of the 8th Country Program of Assistance to the Philippines at Quest Hotel, Pampanga.

Beyond a mere commendation, the UNFPA expressed its profound appreciation for ZFF’s Youth Leadership and Governance Program (YLGP). Notably, the UNFPA highlighted the YLGP as a pivotal intervention to be implemented under Sub-output 3.2 of its 9th Country Program, emphasizing the importance of capacitating local governments in contextualizing, planning, ensuring adequate budget allocation and utilization, and operationalizing coordination mechanisms.

This recognition underscores ZFF’s enduring impact and commitment to creating positive change in communities and fostering sustainable development.

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