5 June 2017—Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is deeply saddened by the untimely death of a champion, deeply cared for Women and Children and Adolescents.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a great friend and adviser to, PPD was a passionate advocate for youth and gender and their reproductive health and rights. Young people were his special focus at UNFPA. He often said “We need to ensure that young people of both genders have equal participation, not only in reproductive rights and health but also within society and in the economy.”
He believed humility is the key to engaging people and facilitating change, “humility to engage with the other person of the other community in such a way that they know that you respect them.” The world has lost an internationally renowned giant of reproductive health and rights of women and girls, said Dr. Joe Thomas, Executive Director of PPD.
Dr. Osotimehin also served as Minister of Health of Nigeria and was also Director-General of the country’s National Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS before he took up office at UNFPA in 2011.
“PPD and the millions of people will mourn Babatunde Osotimehin passing and celebrate the huge contribution to Reproductive Health and issues of women, children and adolescents he made in his life,” Dr. Thomas added.
On behalf of the Board of Director and colleagues of PPD, Dr Thomas expressed his deepest condolences at the sudden passing away of Dr. Babatunde Osetemehin, and conveyed his deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Babatunde Osetemehin.