Activities and Events

Advancing universal access and addressing social determinants of health by IBP recognizing the sexual and reproductive health needs of people with disabilities.

In support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the IBP secretariat, in collaboration with UNFPA, has developed, published, and, beginning in January 2010, disseminated guidance for UN agencies, IBP members and other reproductive health organizations to consider in order to ensure access of services and programs for people with disabilities. Presentations are being developed and discussions with the WHO Disability team and selected countries are underway to identify specific demonstration projects that could highlight effective ways to ensure access to people with disabilities. An official launch which would take place in conjunction with the launch of the World Report on Disability is being discussed with the WHO Disability team.

Family Planning Advocacy toolkit disseminated and participants trained in its use from 11 additional Central and Indian Ocean African nations. 27 countries have been trained in total.

IBP is supporting the WHO/AFRO/USAID-led initiative to Reposition Family Planning in Africa through the dissemination, training and follow-up of an advocacy toolkit. The most recent workshop was held in September 2010 in Douala, Cameroun for 11 West and Indian Ocean African countries, with financial and technical support from USAID, WHO/AFRO, and the IBP secretariat. Technical and financial support to several countries where WHO and IBP partners are already active is planned.

Funds received from the Tides Foundation (with Hewlett support) to assist the East Central and Southern Health Community to assist its member countries in fostering change and scaling up evidence based reproductive health practices.

The IBP secretariat and MSH supported ECSA-HC to organize their second multi-country workshop on Fostering Change. The workshop was held in July 2010 for 6 ECSA-HC member countries. In order to capitalize on other regional initiatives, three of the countries that attended, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia, are developing plans that directly follow from work that was done during the USAID Family Planning meeting held in Kigali in April 2010. All countries are expected to submit finalized plans to begin fostering a specific change in their reproductive health activities. It is anticipated that IBP partners working in these countries would be able to collaborate and support fostering change efforts. In addition, plans are being prepared to support the ESCA Health Ministers Meeting due to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, October 2010. This meeting will also provide the IBP partnership with an opportunity to support a one-day workshop on documentation and sharing of best practices and convene a local IBP partnership meeting for representatives from the African region.

Evaluation protocol for Four Francophone West African countries with continued commitment to improving postabortion care services approved.

Four of the original seven countries that took part in the 2008 Post Abortion Care meeting in Senegal have continued to work on improving post abortion care services, in particular to strengthen the family planning component of their programs. All initiated the development of their plans at the conference and then continued to take part in the Virtual Fostering Change program which ended in mid-2010. Currently programs are being supported by USAID and partners. An evaluation is planned to assess the impact of these efforts over the next two years.

8 high priority WHO/EMRO countries, develop skills to "Fostering Change to scale up best practices".

IBP partners assisted WHO/EMRO to conduct a workshop to enhance skills for countries to manage the change process. All countries had previously attended the Amman FP IBP meeting in September, 2009. This workshop was organized with IBP partners, in particular USAID, ESD and MSH, and builds on work already being conducted in some of the attending countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and Yemen. All countries are developing plans that are being reviewed by WHO/EMRO and partners. WHO/EMRO's mapping of best practices in the region was presented and further work to harmonize efforts with USAID's "High Impact Evidence-based practices" is underway.