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| 13 October 2017

RB Durex Establish New Partnership with PPFN on Sexual Health

In line with RB’s continuous commitment to being a socially responsible organization, RB* has signed an agreement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) to help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of Nigerians. The scope of the partnership covers sexual and reproductive health education and increasing consumer access to condoms by opening new channels and reaching consumers previously unreached. According to a recent report by World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Every day, more than one million sexually transmitted infections are acquired worldwide, and each year an estimated 78 million people are infected’. This constituting a major health concern also in Nigeria. Sexual health education and contraception are therefore twin preventive health strategies to curb this. Research and Real World data reveals that male latex condoms when used consistently and correctly is an effective approach to achieve a reduction in spread the of sexually transmitted infections and prevent unintended pregnancy. Rahul Murgai, the Managing Director of RB Nigeria and Dr Ibrahim M. Ibrahim the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) were optimistic that the joint efforts of the two organizations will help drive the sexual and reproductive health agenda in Nigeria. Speaking about the partnership with PPFN, Rahul Murgai said, “RB is excited to partner with PPFN to create scaled awareness and education in Nigeria on planned-parenthood, maternal health, safe contraception techniques and targeted reduction in HIV related deaths through the effective and consistent use of condoms. Through this collaboration, consumers will have the requisite education and empowerment to improve their Sexual Health with easy access to Durex- the World number 1 condom brand.” Over the years, RB has been at the forefront for cause-related initiatives that further the progress of Nigeria on UN Sustainable Development Goals such as reduction in infant mortality from preventable diseases such as diarrhea and malaria, improved public health and sanitation from reduced open defecation problem and now partnering to reduce HIV related deaths. Its brands, which are popular household names such as Dettol, Mortein and Harpic, have active partnerships with Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), Save the Children (STC), Nigerian Medical association which work to educate new mothers, school children and reach LGAs like Shomolu in Lagos to promote good healthy habits like handwashing and to build a healthier nation. The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) is a national non-governmental organization and a leading advocate and provider of sexual and reproductive health services. PPFN is a member of the global movement that strives for universal access to reproductive health services to all (including poor, marginalized, vulnerable and socially excluded people) without discrimination. According to Dr Ibrahim “this partnership will contribute towards PPFN’s objective of expanding access to quality services particularly for young persons in Nigeria.” The PPFN and Durex strategic partnership will go a long way in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STIs. It will also contribute to reducing the incidence of unwanted/unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortion as well as significantly improving the overall level of health and wellbeing in Nigeria   *RB is a trading name of Reckitt Benckiser group of companies  

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| 12 October 2017

RB Durex Establish New Partnership with PPFN on Sexual Health

In line with RB’s continuous commitment to being a socially responsible organization, RB* has signed an agreement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) to help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of Nigerians. The scope of the partnership covers sexual and reproductive health education and increasing consumer access to condoms by opening new channels and reaching consumers previously unreached. According to a recent report by World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Every day, more than one million sexually transmitted infections are acquired worldwide, and each year an estimated 78 million people are infected’. This constituting a major health concern also in Nigeria. Sexual health education and contraception are therefore twin preventive health strategies to curb this. Research and Real World data reveals that male latex condoms when used consistently and correctly is an effective approach to achieve a reduction in spread the of sexually transmitted infections and prevent unintended pregnancy. Rahul Murgai, the Managing Director of RB Nigeria and Dr Ibrahim M. Ibrahim the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) were optimistic that the joint efforts of the two organizations will help drive the sexual and reproductive health agenda in Nigeria. Speaking about the partnership with PPFN, Rahul Murgai said, “RB is excited to partner with PPFN to create scaled awareness and education in Nigeria on planned-parenthood, maternal health, safe contraception techniques and targeted reduction in HIV related deaths through the effective and consistent use of condoms. Through this collaboration, consumers will have the requisite education and empowerment to improve their Sexual Health with easy access to Durex- the World number 1 condom brand.” Over the years, RB has been at the forefront for cause-related initiatives that further the progress of Nigeria on UN Sustainable Development Goals such as reduction in infant mortality from preventable diseases such as diarrhea and malaria, improved public health and sanitation from reduced open defecation problem and now partnering to reduce HIV related deaths. Its brands, which are popular household names such as Dettol, Mortein and Harpic, have active partnerships with Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), Save the Children (STC), Nigerian Medical association which work to educate new mothers, school children and reach LGAs like Shomolu in Lagos to promote good healthy habits like handwashing and to build a healthier nation. The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) is a national non-governmental organization and a leading advocate and provider of sexual and reproductive health services. PPFN is a member of the global movement that strives for universal access to reproductive health services to all (including poor, marginalized, vulnerable and socially excluded people) without discrimination. According to Dr Ibrahim “this partnership will contribute towards PPFN’s objective of expanding access to quality services particularly for young persons in Nigeria.” The PPFN and Durex strategic partnership will go a long way in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STIs. It will also contribute to reducing the incidence of unwanted/unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortion as well as significantly improving the overall level of health and wellbeing in Nigeria   *RB is a trading name of Reckitt Benckiser group of companies  

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| 26 September 2017

IPPF Africa Region Holds First Regional Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

IPPF Africa Region, the leading non-governmental Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) service delivery organization in Africa, and the leading SRHR advocacy voice in the region, held its first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in July 2017. The award ceremony took place during the 47th session of the Regional Council in Nairobi, Kenya. The award was established to recognize and celebrate the role played by the over 39,000 IPPFAR volunteers, youth, Member Associations (MAs), staff, partner organizations and individuals who make outstanding contribution for the advancement of SRHR in sub-Saharan Africa. It recognizes those who have undertaken remarkable initiatives towards the achievements of Africa’s SRHR goals. The following individuals were feted during the ceremony: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award Category The recipient of this award is an individual who has advocated for SRHR and contributed to the advancement of SRHR in his individual capacity. His stringent efforts have led to feasible impact at national, regional and international levels. Dr. Shimelis Adugna from Ethiopia is the 2017 recipient of this award. A founding member of our Member Association in Ethiopia –Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE), Dr. Adugna is a passionate SRHR champion and has contributed immensely towards the growth and development of FGAE. Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Category This award recognizes young people who continue to influence SRHR strides in their country and in the continent. The recipient for the 2017 award was Mr. Daniel Oyom from Uganda. Through Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) –our Member Association the East African country of Uganda, Mr. Oyom continues to make immense contributions, more so in the area of resource mobilization for RHU. Among others, Mr. Oyom donated his personal land worth $10,000 to the MA. Outstanding IPPFAR Staff Award Category Dr. David Williams from Sierra Leone was feted in this category. Dr. Williams has served in various positions in the MA of Sierra Leone – The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), where he is the current Executive Director. Dr. Williams played a significant role in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the country. He serves on various SRHR technical and advisory committees including the Country Coordinating Mechanism Committee (CCM). Also recognized in this category was Ms. Diallo Drame from Burkina Faso. Ms Diallo is a midwife, Head of Clinic and has supported the management of the comprehensive abortion management project in the MA of Burkina Faso. With over 20 years of service in the Association, Ms. Diallo has demonstrated unwavering commitment to promoting the Association's FP/RH activities. One of great achievements is the integration into several teams of SRH trainers. She is in charge of quality of services at service delivery points, she organized mobile teams in social franchising. The number of statistics on services provided has doubled. Outstanding non-IPPFAR Individuals Awards Category Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at Africa Union Commission was recognized by IPPFAR for his great role and contribution in the advancement of SRHR in Africa and beyond. As the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Kaloko  played a leading role in the adoption of the new Maputo Plan of Action and the integration of SRHR into the AU Agenda 2063. He also greatly supported IPPFAR Member Associations (MAs) in the fight against the Ebola crisis. In addition, Dr. Kaloko recommended IPPFAR to the Heads of States and First Ladies which has increased in country support and funding. Our hearty congratulations to all the recipients of the first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights For more information about our work, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

IPPFAR
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| 26 September 2017

IPPF Africa Region Holds First Regional Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

IPPF Africa Region, the leading non-governmental Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) service delivery organization in Africa, and the leading SRHR advocacy voice in the region, held its first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in July 2017. The award ceremony took place during the 47th session of the Regional Council in Nairobi, Kenya. The award was established to recognize and celebrate the role played by the over 39,000 IPPFAR volunteers, youth, Member Associations (MAs), staff, partner organizations and individuals who make outstanding contribution for the advancement of SRHR in sub-Saharan Africa. It recognizes those who have undertaken remarkable initiatives towards the achievements of Africa’s SRHR goals. The following individuals were feted during the ceremony: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award Category The recipient of this award is an individual who has advocated for SRHR and contributed to the advancement of SRHR in his individual capacity. His stringent efforts have led to feasible impact at national, regional and international levels. Dr. Shimelis Adugna from Ethiopia is the 2017 recipient of this award. A founding member of our Member Association in Ethiopia –Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE), Dr. Adugna is a passionate SRHR champion and has contributed immensely towards the growth and development of FGAE. Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Category This award recognizes young people who continue to influence SRHR strides in their country and in the continent. The recipient for the 2017 award was Mr. Daniel Oyom from Uganda. Through Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) –our Member Association the East African country of Uganda, Mr. Oyom continues to make immense contributions, more so in the area of resource mobilization for RHU. Among others, Mr. Oyom donated his personal land worth $10,000 to the MA. Outstanding IPPFAR Staff Award Category Dr. David Williams from Sierra Leone was feted in this category. Dr. Williams has served in various positions in the MA of Sierra Leone – The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), where he is the current Executive Director. Dr. Williams played a significant role in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the country. He serves on various SRHR technical and advisory committees including the Country Coordinating Mechanism Committee (CCM). Also recognized in this category was Ms. Diallo Drame from Burkina Faso. Ms Diallo is a midwife, Head of Clinic and has supported the management of the comprehensive abortion management project in the MA of Burkina Faso. With over 20 years of service in the Association, Ms. Diallo has demonstrated unwavering commitment to promoting the Association's FP/RH activities. One of great achievements is the integration into several teams of SRH trainers. She is in charge of quality of services at service delivery points, she organized mobile teams in social franchising. The number of statistics on services provided has doubled. Outstanding non-IPPFAR Individuals Awards Category Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at Africa Union Commission was recognized by IPPFAR for his great role and contribution in the advancement of SRHR in Africa and beyond. As the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Kaloko  played a leading role in the adoption of the new Maputo Plan of Action and the integration of SRHR into the AU Agenda 2063. He also greatly supported IPPFAR Member Associations (MAs) in the fight against the Ebola crisis. In addition, Dr. Kaloko recommended IPPFAR to the Heads of States and First Ladies which has increased in country support and funding. Our hearty congratulations to all the recipients of the first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights For more information about our work, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Challenge Initiative (TCI)
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| 12 September 2017

Meeting Contraceptive Prevalence in African Urban Areas: IPPFAR’s Partnership with The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

IPPF Africa Region’s Member Association in Cote d'Ivoire –The Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) on 7 September 2017 hosted a fruitful working session led by IPPFAR’s Regional Director Mr. Lucien Kouakou and ‘'The Challenge Initiative’s Deputy Director General Mr. Kojo Lokko. In attendance were the Executive Directors (EDs) of five IPPFAR Member Associations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Togo. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) presents a new approach to the implementation of family planning programs focusing on poor and young people from disadvantaged urban areas (slums), with municipalities as actors of choice. The purpose of the working session between IPPFAR Member Associations and TCI was to discuss strategic partnerships, and identify areas of collaboration and priorities. The meeting was characterized by various presentations and insightful discussions by all. Proposed action plans by the EDs were developed –based on The Challenge Initiative’s successful interventions in parts of West Africa. Dr. Yilma Melkamu from IPPF’s Central Office in London, as well as Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy of IPPF AR’s head office in Nairobi also participated in the meeting. Mr. Kouakou and Mrs. Lokko called for increased collaboration and effective partnership opportunities between all entities. The Challenge Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ************************************************************************************** RELEVER LA PREVALENCE CONTRACEPTIVE EN ZONE URBAINE : L’IPPF et THE CHALLENGE INITIATIVE (TCI) amorcent un partenariat Une séance de travail a réuni  le 07 septembre 2017 au Siège de l’Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien Etre Familial (AIBEF), une Délégation de l’IPPF conduite par le Directeur Régional du Bureau Régional Afrique, M Lucien Kouakou et celle de « The Challenge Initiative » avec à sa tête M Kojo Lokko, le Directeur Général Adjoint. La réunion s’est élargie à Cinq (05) Directeurs Exécutifs/Représentants des Associations Membres du Bénin, du Burkina Faso, du Nigeria, du Sénégal, de la Cote d’Ivoire et du Togo et aux Directeurs de Programme du Bureau Central, Dr Yilma Melkamu et du Bureau régional de l’IPPF, Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy. La rencontre avait pour objectif de discuter des partenariats stratégiques et identifier les domaines de collaboration et les priorités. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) présente une nouvelle approche de mise en œuvre des programmes de planification familiale axée sur les populations pauvres et jeunes des milieux urbains défavorisés (bidonvilles) avec comme acteurs de choix les communes. A travers  les différentes présentations aussi bien de TCI que des Associations Membres de  l’IPPFRA et les échanges qui s’en sont suivis, il a été retenu de la poursuite des discussions au niveau des Départements des Programmes des 02 entités. Les DE des Associations Membres ont également  proposé des plans d’actions sur la base des interventions entamées par TCI dans les Pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Les 02 chefs de Délégation ont exprimé leur satisfaction sur la rencontre et se sont exhortés à continuer les échanges pour un partenariat effectif. Notons que TCI est une initiative financée par la Fondation Melinda et Bill GATE. Story by Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

The Challenge Initiative (TCI)
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| 12 September 2017

Meeting Contraceptive Prevalence in African Urban Areas: IPPFAR’s Partnership with The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

IPPF Africa Region’s Member Association in Cote d'Ivoire –The Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) on 7 September 2017 hosted a fruitful working session led by IPPFAR’s Regional Director Mr. Lucien Kouakou and ‘'The Challenge Initiative’s Deputy Director General Mr. Kojo Lokko. In attendance were the Executive Directors (EDs) of five IPPFAR Member Associations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Togo. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) presents a new approach to the implementation of family planning programs focusing on poor and young people from disadvantaged urban areas (slums), with municipalities as actors of choice. The purpose of the working session between IPPFAR Member Associations and TCI was to discuss strategic partnerships, and identify areas of collaboration and priorities. The meeting was characterized by various presentations and insightful discussions by all. Proposed action plans by the EDs were developed –based on The Challenge Initiative’s successful interventions in parts of West Africa. Dr. Yilma Melkamu from IPPF’s Central Office in London, as well as Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy of IPPF AR’s head office in Nairobi also participated in the meeting. Mr. Kouakou and Mrs. Lokko called for increased collaboration and effective partnership opportunities between all entities. The Challenge Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ************************************************************************************** RELEVER LA PREVALENCE CONTRACEPTIVE EN ZONE URBAINE : L’IPPF et THE CHALLENGE INITIATIVE (TCI) amorcent un partenariat Une séance de travail a réuni  le 07 septembre 2017 au Siège de l’Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien Etre Familial (AIBEF), une Délégation de l’IPPF conduite par le Directeur Régional du Bureau Régional Afrique, M Lucien Kouakou et celle de « The Challenge Initiative » avec à sa tête M Kojo Lokko, le Directeur Général Adjoint. La réunion s’est élargie à Cinq (05) Directeurs Exécutifs/Représentants des Associations Membres du Bénin, du Burkina Faso, du Nigeria, du Sénégal, de la Cote d’Ivoire et du Togo et aux Directeurs de Programme du Bureau Central, Dr Yilma Melkamu et du Bureau régional de l’IPPF, Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy. La rencontre avait pour objectif de discuter des partenariats stratégiques et identifier les domaines de collaboration et les priorités. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) présente une nouvelle approche de mise en œuvre des programmes de planification familiale axée sur les populations pauvres et jeunes des milieux urbains défavorisés (bidonvilles) avec comme acteurs de choix les communes. A travers  les différentes présentations aussi bien de TCI que des Associations Membres de  l’IPPFRA et les échanges qui s’en sont suivis, il a été retenu de la poursuite des discussions au niveau des Départements des Programmes des 02 entités. Les DE des Associations Membres ont également  proposé des plans d’actions sur la base des interventions entamées par TCI dans les Pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Les 02 chefs de Délégation ont exprimé leur satisfaction sur la rencontre et se sont exhortés à continuer les échanges pour un partenariat effectif. Notons que TCI est une initiative financée par la Fondation Melinda et Bill GATE. Story by Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 27 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 20 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

Priya Kath
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| 08 May 2017

Youth Volunteerism: Lessons from IPPF’s South Asia Region by Priya Kath

Ms. Priya Kath, a vibrant Youth Action Movement (YAM) advocate and representative from IPPF’s South Asia Region (IPPF-SARO) recently attended the IPPF Africa Region Volunteerism and Governance workshop from 27 - 29 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was attended by volunteers and staff from English-speaking Member Associations (MAs) in the IPPF Africa Region, who included; MA Chairpersons, Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives , Executive Directors (EDs) and MA Governance Focal Point Persons. Created in 2005, the Youth Action Movement (YAM) is the youth arm of IPPFAR volunteer’s body based within the Member Associations (MAs), which catalyzes youth participation. The YAM plays a key role in identifying priority areas and needs for young people to be fed into the MA plans as well as the regional plans. This process enhances consultation and involvement of the youth. The structure further enables young people to advocate and be recognized, and empower them to be equal partners in programmatic decision making and resource allocation at all levels. In her presentation to participants, which focused on youth volunteerism, recruitment, engagement and retention, as well as youth – adult transition in IPPF, Ms. Kath, highlighted the importance of volunteerism among young people in various development causes, more so those touching on the sexual reproductive health and rights of young people. “The experience gained from the various opportunities one is exposed to as a youth volunteer is invaluable. For example, they are able to attend various national and international health forums where their knowledge on SRHR is increased. As YAM volunteers, they are also able to network with other like-minded individuals and organizations. At a personal level, the IPPF experience has built my capacity as a youth SRHR advocate immensely,” she said. Ms. Kath also lauded the Federation for its enviable practice of including young people in its governance and leadership structures. “Youth are involved in decision-making levels at the Member Associations, and are also eligible to become SARYN members. Two representatives from each MA (20%) makes 18 SARYN members. Elected members are also able to represent youth at the top echelons of management; the Regional Executive Committee (EXCO) and Governing Council (GC).” Sharing her own experiences, Ms. Kath said she joined the movement as a youth volunteer eight years ago at the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), where she then went on to be elected as a Youth Representative for IPPF’s South Asia Region (SARO). Ms. Kath currently serves as the alternate youth representative at the Governing Council. Being above 25 years, Ms. Kath has further been elected to a higher position, where she serves as an adult volunteer in the SARO Board. She encouraged young people from Africa to join the Youth Africa Movement in their local Member Associations, for purposes of gaining the wide range of benefits that come with this and also to continue contributing to the IPPF goals and objective in support of the marginalized and vulnerable in our society. Story by Maryanne W. Waweru, IPPF Africa Region. For more updates on the work of IPPF Africa Region, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Priya Kath
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| 08 May 2017

Youth Volunteerism: Lessons from IPPF’s South Asia Region by Priya Kath

Ms. Priya Kath, a vibrant Youth Action Movement (YAM) advocate and representative from IPPF’s South Asia Region (IPPF-SARO) recently attended the IPPF Africa Region Volunteerism and Governance workshop from 27 - 29 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was attended by volunteers and staff from English-speaking Member Associations (MAs) in the IPPF Africa Region, who included; MA Chairpersons, Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives , Executive Directors (EDs) and MA Governance Focal Point Persons. Created in 2005, the Youth Action Movement (YAM) is the youth arm of IPPFAR volunteer’s body based within the Member Associations (MAs), which catalyzes youth participation. The YAM plays a key role in identifying priority areas and needs for young people to be fed into the MA plans as well as the regional plans. This process enhances consultation and involvement of the youth. The structure further enables young people to advocate and be recognized, and empower them to be equal partners in programmatic decision making and resource allocation at all levels. In her presentation to participants, which focused on youth volunteerism, recruitment, engagement and retention, as well as youth – adult transition in IPPF, Ms. Kath, highlighted the importance of volunteerism among young people in various development causes, more so those touching on the sexual reproductive health and rights of young people. “The experience gained from the various opportunities one is exposed to as a youth volunteer is invaluable. For example, they are able to attend various national and international health forums where their knowledge on SRHR is increased. As YAM volunteers, they are also able to network with other like-minded individuals and organizations. At a personal level, the IPPF experience has built my capacity as a youth SRHR advocate immensely,” she said. Ms. Kath also lauded the Federation for its enviable practice of including young people in its governance and leadership structures. “Youth are involved in decision-making levels at the Member Associations, and are also eligible to become SARYN members. Two representatives from each MA (20%) makes 18 SARYN members. Elected members are also able to represent youth at the top echelons of management; the Regional Executive Committee (EXCO) and Governing Council (GC).” Sharing her own experiences, Ms. Kath said she joined the movement as a youth volunteer eight years ago at the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), where she then went on to be elected as a Youth Representative for IPPF’s South Asia Region (SARO). Ms. Kath currently serves as the alternate youth representative at the Governing Council. Being above 25 years, Ms. Kath has further been elected to a higher position, where she serves as an adult volunteer in the SARO Board. She encouraged young people from Africa to join the Youth Africa Movement in their local Member Associations, for purposes of gaining the wide range of benefits that come with this and also to continue contributing to the IPPF goals and objective in support of the marginalized and vulnerable in our society. Story by Maryanne W. Waweru, IPPF Africa Region. For more updates on the work of IPPF Africa Region, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Adama_Dicko
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| 02 May 2017

IPPFAR Holds Volunteering and Governance Workshop in Abidjan

IPPF Africa Region Member Associations (MAs) from 15 French-speaking countries recently participated in a three-day Volunteering and Governance workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The meeting was held at the Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) offices in the capital city. In his opening speech, Adv. Kweku Brenu, the IPPFAR President urged the MA and Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives to intensify their commitment to the spirit of volunteerism to the Federation, in a bid to advance development gains for the continent. Also in attendance was Mr. Lucien Kouakou, the Regional Director, IPPFAR, who acknowledged the invaluable role that IPPFAR volunteers continue play towards the success of the organization. Young people from the Youth Action Movement (YAM), led by the chair, Ms. Adama Dicko, also attended the meeting. The youth shared their experiences on their volunteer work; their successes, challenges and the benefits they have received as a result of their engagements. Information source: Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

Adama_Dicko
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| 02 May 2017

IPPFAR Holds Volunteering and Governance Workshop in Abidjan

IPPF Africa Region Member Associations (MAs) from 15 French-speaking countries recently participated in a three-day Volunteering and Governance workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The meeting was held at the Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) offices in the capital city. In his opening speech, Adv. Kweku Brenu, the IPPFAR President urged the MA and Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives to intensify their commitment to the spirit of volunteerism to the Federation, in a bid to advance development gains for the continent. Also in attendance was Mr. Lucien Kouakou, the Regional Director, IPPFAR, who acknowledged the invaluable role that IPPFAR volunteers continue play towards the success of the organization. Young people from the Youth Action Movement (YAM), led by the chair, Ms. Adama Dicko, also attended the meeting. The youth shared their experiences on their volunteer work; their successes, challenges and the benefits they have received as a result of their engagements. Information source: Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

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| 13 October 2017

RB Durex Establish New Partnership with PPFN on Sexual Health

In line with RB’s continuous commitment to being a socially responsible organization, RB* has signed an agreement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) to help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of Nigerians. The scope of the partnership covers sexual and reproductive health education and increasing consumer access to condoms by opening new channels and reaching consumers previously unreached. According to a recent report by World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Every day, more than one million sexually transmitted infections are acquired worldwide, and each year an estimated 78 million people are infected’. This constituting a major health concern also in Nigeria. Sexual health education and contraception are therefore twin preventive health strategies to curb this. Research and Real World data reveals that male latex condoms when used consistently and correctly is an effective approach to achieve a reduction in spread the of sexually transmitted infections and prevent unintended pregnancy. Rahul Murgai, the Managing Director of RB Nigeria and Dr Ibrahim M. Ibrahim the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) were optimistic that the joint efforts of the two organizations will help drive the sexual and reproductive health agenda in Nigeria. Speaking about the partnership with PPFN, Rahul Murgai said, “RB is excited to partner with PPFN to create scaled awareness and education in Nigeria on planned-parenthood, maternal health, safe contraception techniques and targeted reduction in HIV related deaths through the effective and consistent use of condoms. Through this collaboration, consumers will have the requisite education and empowerment to improve their Sexual Health with easy access to Durex- the World number 1 condom brand.” Over the years, RB has been at the forefront for cause-related initiatives that further the progress of Nigeria on UN Sustainable Development Goals such as reduction in infant mortality from preventable diseases such as diarrhea and malaria, improved public health and sanitation from reduced open defecation problem and now partnering to reduce HIV related deaths. Its brands, which are popular household names such as Dettol, Mortein and Harpic, have active partnerships with Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), Save the Children (STC), Nigerian Medical association which work to educate new mothers, school children and reach LGAs like Shomolu in Lagos to promote good healthy habits like handwashing and to build a healthier nation. The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) is a national non-governmental organization and a leading advocate and provider of sexual and reproductive health services. PPFN is a member of the global movement that strives for universal access to reproductive health services to all (including poor, marginalized, vulnerable and socially excluded people) without discrimination. According to Dr Ibrahim “this partnership will contribute towards PPFN’s objective of expanding access to quality services particularly for young persons in Nigeria.” The PPFN and Durex strategic partnership will go a long way in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STIs. It will also contribute to reducing the incidence of unwanted/unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortion as well as significantly improving the overall level of health and wellbeing in Nigeria   *RB is a trading name of Reckitt Benckiser group of companies  

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| 12 October 2017

RB Durex Establish New Partnership with PPFN on Sexual Health

In line with RB’s continuous commitment to being a socially responsible organization, RB* has signed an agreement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) to help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of Nigerians. The scope of the partnership covers sexual and reproductive health education and increasing consumer access to condoms by opening new channels and reaching consumers previously unreached. According to a recent report by World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Every day, more than one million sexually transmitted infections are acquired worldwide, and each year an estimated 78 million people are infected’. This constituting a major health concern also in Nigeria. Sexual health education and contraception are therefore twin preventive health strategies to curb this. Research and Real World data reveals that male latex condoms when used consistently and correctly is an effective approach to achieve a reduction in spread the of sexually transmitted infections and prevent unintended pregnancy. Rahul Murgai, the Managing Director of RB Nigeria and Dr Ibrahim M. Ibrahim the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) were optimistic that the joint efforts of the two organizations will help drive the sexual and reproductive health agenda in Nigeria. Speaking about the partnership with PPFN, Rahul Murgai said, “RB is excited to partner with PPFN to create scaled awareness and education in Nigeria on planned-parenthood, maternal health, safe contraception techniques and targeted reduction in HIV related deaths through the effective and consistent use of condoms. Through this collaboration, consumers will have the requisite education and empowerment to improve their Sexual Health with easy access to Durex- the World number 1 condom brand.” Over the years, RB has been at the forefront for cause-related initiatives that further the progress of Nigeria on UN Sustainable Development Goals such as reduction in infant mortality from preventable diseases such as diarrhea and malaria, improved public health and sanitation from reduced open defecation problem and now partnering to reduce HIV related deaths. Its brands, which are popular household names such as Dettol, Mortein and Harpic, have active partnerships with Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), Save the Children (STC), Nigerian Medical association which work to educate new mothers, school children and reach LGAs like Shomolu in Lagos to promote good healthy habits like handwashing and to build a healthier nation. The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) is a national non-governmental organization and a leading advocate and provider of sexual and reproductive health services. PPFN is a member of the global movement that strives for universal access to reproductive health services to all (including poor, marginalized, vulnerable and socially excluded people) without discrimination. According to Dr Ibrahim “this partnership will contribute towards PPFN’s objective of expanding access to quality services particularly for young persons in Nigeria.” The PPFN and Durex strategic partnership will go a long way in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STIs. It will also contribute to reducing the incidence of unwanted/unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortion as well as significantly improving the overall level of health and wellbeing in Nigeria   *RB is a trading name of Reckitt Benckiser group of companies  

IPPFAR
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| 26 September 2017

IPPF Africa Region Holds First Regional Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

IPPF Africa Region, the leading non-governmental Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) service delivery organization in Africa, and the leading SRHR advocacy voice in the region, held its first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in July 2017. The award ceremony took place during the 47th session of the Regional Council in Nairobi, Kenya. The award was established to recognize and celebrate the role played by the over 39,000 IPPFAR volunteers, youth, Member Associations (MAs), staff, partner organizations and individuals who make outstanding contribution for the advancement of SRHR in sub-Saharan Africa. It recognizes those who have undertaken remarkable initiatives towards the achievements of Africa’s SRHR goals. The following individuals were feted during the ceremony: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award Category The recipient of this award is an individual who has advocated for SRHR and contributed to the advancement of SRHR in his individual capacity. His stringent efforts have led to feasible impact at national, regional and international levels. Dr. Shimelis Adugna from Ethiopia is the 2017 recipient of this award. A founding member of our Member Association in Ethiopia –Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE), Dr. Adugna is a passionate SRHR champion and has contributed immensely towards the growth and development of FGAE. Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Category This award recognizes young people who continue to influence SRHR strides in their country and in the continent. The recipient for the 2017 award was Mr. Daniel Oyom from Uganda. Through Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) –our Member Association the East African country of Uganda, Mr. Oyom continues to make immense contributions, more so in the area of resource mobilization for RHU. Among others, Mr. Oyom donated his personal land worth $10,000 to the MA. Outstanding IPPFAR Staff Award Category Dr. David Williams from Sierra Leone was feted in this category. Dr. Williams has served in various positions in the MA of Sierra Leone – The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), where he is the current Executive Director. Dr. Williams played a significant role in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the country. He serves on various SRHR technical and advisory committees including the Country Coordinating Mechanism Committee (CCM). Also recognized in this category was Ms. Diallo Drame from Burkina Faso. Ms Diallo is a midwife, Head of Clinic and has supported the management of the comprehensive abortion management project in the MA of Burkina Faso. With over 20 years of service in the Association, Ms. Diallo has demonstrated unwavering commitment to promoting the Association's FP/RH activities. One of great achievements is the integration into several teams of SRH trainers. She is in charge of quality of services at service delivery points, she organized mobile teams in social franchising. The number of statistics on services provided has doubled. Outstanding non-IPPFAR Individuals Awards Category Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at Africa Union Commission was recognized by IPPFAR for his great role and contribution in the advancement of SRHR in Africa and beyond. As the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Kaloko  played a leading role in the adoption of the new Maputo Plan of Action and the integration of SRHR into the AU Agenda 2063. He also greatly supported IPPFAR Member Associations (MAs) in the fight against the Ebola crisis. In addition, Dr. Kaloko recommended IPPFAR to the Heads of States and First Ladies which has increased in country support and funding. Our hearty congratulations to all the recipients of the first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights For more information about our work, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

IPPFAR
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| 26 September 2017

IPPF Africa Region Holds First Regional Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

IPPF Africa Region, the leading non-governmental Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) service delivery organization in Africa, and the leading SRHR advocacy voice in the region, held its first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in July 2017. The award ceremony took place during the 47th session of the Regional Council in Nairobi, Kenya. The award was established to recognize and celebrate the role played by the over 39,000 IPPFAR volunteers, youth, Member Associations (MAs), staff, partner organizations and individuals who make outstanding contribution for the advancement of SRHR in sub-Saharan Africa. It recognizes those who have undertaken remarkable initiatives towards the achievements of Africa’s SRHR goals. The following individuals were feted during the ceremony: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award Category The recipient of this award is an individual who has advocated for SRHR and contributed to the advancement of SRHR in his individual capacity. His stringent efforts have led to feasible impact at national, regional and international levels. Dr. Shimelis Adugna from Ethiopia is the 2017 recipient of this award. A founding member of our Member Association in Ethiopia –Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE), Dr. Adugna is a passionate SRHR champion and has contributed immensely towards the growth and development of FGAE. Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Category This award recognizes young people who continue to influence SRHR strides in their country and in the continent. The recipient for the 2017 award was Mr. Daniel Oyom from Uganda. Through Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) –our Member Association the East African country of Uganda, Mr. Oyom continues to make immense contributions, more so in the area of resource mobilization for RHU. Among others, Mr. Oyom donated his personal land worth $10,000 to the MA. Outstanding IPPFAR Staff Award Category Dr. David Williams from Sierra Leone was feted in this category. Dr. Williams has served in various positions in the MA of Sierra Leone – The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), where he is the current Executive Director. Dr. Williams played a significant role in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the country. He serves on various SRHR technical and advisory committees including the Country Coordinating Mechanism Committee (CCM). Also recognized in this category was Ms. Diallo Drame from Burkina Faso. Ms Diallo is a midwife, Head of Clinic and has supported the management of the comprehensive abortion management project in the MA of Burkina Faso. With over 20 years of service in the Association, Ms. Diallo has demonstrated unwavering commitment to promoting the Association's FP/RH activities. One of great achievements is the integration into several teams of SRH trainers. She is in charge of quality of services at service delivery points, she organized mobile teams in social franchising. The number of statistics on services provided has doubled. Outstanding non-IPPFAR Individuals Awards Category Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at Africa Union Commission was recognized by IPPFAR for his great role and contribution in the advancement of SRHR in Africa and beyond. As the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Kaloko  played a leading role in the adoption of the new Maputo Plan of Action and the integration of SRHR into the AU Agenda 2063. He also greatly supported IPPFAR Member Associations (MAs) in the fight against the Ebola crisis. In addition, Dr. Kaloko recommended IPPFAR to the Heads of States and First Ladies which has increased in country support and funding. Our hearty congratulations to all the recipients of the first IPPF Africa Region Award for Excellence in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights For more information about our work, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Challenge Initiative (TCI)
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| 12 September 2017

Meeting Contraceptive Prevalence in African Urban Areas: IPPFAR’s Partnership with The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

IPPF Africa Region’s Member Association in Cote d'Ivoire –The Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) on 7 September 2017 hosted a fruitful working session led by IPPFAR’s Regional Director Mr. Lucien Kouakou and ‘'The Challenge Initiative’s Deputy Director General Mr. Kojo Lokko. In attendance were the Executive Directors (EDs) of five IPPFAR Member Associations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Togo. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) presents a new approach to the implementation of family planning programs focusing on poor and young people from disadvantaged urban areas (slums), with municipalities as actors of choice. The purpose of the working session between IPPFAR Member Associations and TCI was to discuss strategic partnerships, and identify areas of collaboration and priorities. The meeting was characterized by various presentations and insightful discussions by all. Proposed action plans by the EDs were developed –based on The Challenge Initiative’s successful interventions in parts of West Africa. Dr. Yilma Melkamu from IPPF’s Central Office in London, as well as Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy of IPPF AR’s head office in Nairobi also participated in the meeting. Mr. Kouakou and Mrs. Lokko called for increased collaboration and effective partnership opportunities between all entities. The Challenge Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ************************************************************************************** RELEVER LA PREVALENCE CONTRACEPTIVE EN ZONE URBAINE : L’IPPF et THE CHALLENGE INITIATIVE (TCI) amorcent un partenariat Une séance de travail a réuni  le 07 septembre 2017 au Siège de l’Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien Etre Familial (AIBEF), une Délégation de l’IPPF conduite par le Directeur Régional du Bureau Régional Afrique, M Lucien Kouakou et celle de « The Challenge Initiative » avec à sa tête M Kojo Lokko, le Directeur Général Adjoint. La réunion s’est élargie à Cinq (05) Directeurs Exécutifs/Représentants des Associations Membres du Bénin, du Burkina Faso, du Nigeria, du Sénégal, de la Cote d’Ivoire et du Togo et aux Directeurs de Programme du Bureau Central, Dr Yilma Melkamu et du Bureau régional de l’IPPF, Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy. La rencontre avait pour objectif de discuter des partenariats stratégiques et identifier les domaines de collaboration et les priorités. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) présente une nouvelle approche de mise en œuvre des programmes de planification familiale axée sur les populations pauvres et jeunes des milieux urbains défavorisés (bidonvilles) avec comme acteurs de choix les communes. A travers  les différentes présentations aussi bien de TCI que des Associations Membres de  l’IPPFRA et les échanges qui s’en sont suivis, il a été retenu de la poursuite des discussions au niveau des Départements des Programmes des 02 entités. Les DE des Associations Membres ont également  proposé des plans d’actions sur la base des interventions entamées par TCI dans les Pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Les 02 chefs de Délégation ont exprimé leur satisfaction sur la rencontre et se sont exhortés à continuer les échanges pour un partenariat effectif. Notons que TCI est une initiative financée par la Fondation Melinda et Bill GATE. Story by Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

The Challenge Initiative (TCI)
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| 12 September 2017

Meeting Contraceptive Prevalence in African Urban Areas: IPPFAR’s Partnership with The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

IPPF Africa Region’s Member Association in Cote d'Ivoire –The Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) on 7 September 2017 hosted a fruitful working session led by IPPFAR’s Regional Director Mr. Lucien Kouakou and ‘'The Challenge Initiative’s Deputy Director General Mr. Kojo Lokko. In attendance were the Executive Directors (EDs) of five IPPFAR Member Associations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Togo. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) presents a new approach to the implementation of family planning programs focusing on poor and young people from disadvantaged urban areas (slums), with municipalities as actors of choice. The purpose of the working session between IPPFAR Member Associations and TCI was to discuss strategic partnerships, and identify areas of collaboration and priorities. The meeting was characterized by various presentations and insightful discussions by all. Proposed action plans by the EDs were developed –based on The Challenge Initiative’s successful interventions in parts of West Africa. Dr. Yilma Melkamu from IPPF’s Central Office in London, as well as Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy of IPPF AR’s head office in Nairobi also participated in the meeting. Mr. Kouakou and Mrs. Lokko called for increased collaboration and effective partnership opportunities between all entities. The Challenge Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ************************************************************************************** RELEVER LA PREVALENCE CONTRACEPTIVE EN ZONE URBAINE : L’IPPF et THE CHALLENGE INITIATIVE (TCI) amorcent un partenariat Une séance de travail a réuni  le 07 septembre 2017 au Siège de l’Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien Etre Familial (AIBEF), une Délégation de l’IPPF conduite par le Directeur Régional du Bureau Régional Afrique, M Lucien Kouakou et celle de « The Challenge Initiative » avec à sa tête M Kojo Lokko, le Directeur Général Adjoint. La réunion s’est élargie à Cinq (05) Directeurs Exécutifs/Représentants des Associations Membres du Bénin, du Burkina Faso, du Nigeria, du Sénégal, de la Cote d’Ivoire et du Togo et aux Directeurs de Programme du Bureau Central, Dr Yilma Melkamu et du Bureau régional de l’IPPF, Dr. Haingo Rabearimonjy. La rencontre avait pour objectif de discuter des partenariats stratégiques et identifier les domaines de collaboration et les priorités. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) présente une nouvelle approche de mise en œuvre des programmes de planification familiale axée sur les populations pauvres et jeunes des milieux urbains défavorisés (bidonvilles) avec comme acteurs de choix les communes. A travers  les différentes présentations aussi bien de TCI que des Associations Membres de  l’IPPFRA et les échanges qui s’en sont suivis, il a été retenu de la poursuite des discussions au niveau des Départements des Programmes des 02 entités. Les DE des Associations Membres ont également  proposé des plans d’actions sur la base des interventions entamées par TCI dans les Pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Les 02 chefs de Délégation ont exprimé leur satisfaction sur la rencontre et se sont exhortés à continuer les échanges pour un partenariat effectif. Notons que TCI est une initiative financée par la Fondation Melinda et Bill GATE. Story by Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 27 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 20 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

Priya Kath
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| 08 May 2017

Youth Volunteerism: Lessons from IPPF’s South Asia Region by Priya Kath

Ms. Priya Kath, a vibrant Youth Action Movement (YAM) advocate and representative from IPPF’s South Asia Region (IPPF-SARO) recently attended the IPPF Africa Region Volunteerism and Governance workshop from 27 - 29 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was attended by volunteers and staff from English-speaking Member Associations (MAs) in the IPPF Africa Region, who included; MA Chairpersons, Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives , Executive Directors (EDs) and MA Governance Focal Point Persons. Created in 2005, the Youth Action Movement (YAM) is the youth arm of IPPFAR volunteer’s body based within the Member Associations (MAs), which catalyzes youth participation. The YAM plays a key role in identifying priority areas and needs for young people to be fed into the MA plans as well as the regional plans. This process enhances consultation and involvement of the youth. The structure further enables young people to advocate and be recognized, and empower them to be equal partners in programmatic decision making and resource allocation at all levels. In her presentation to participants, which focused on youth volunteerism, recruitment, engagement and retention, as well as youth – adult transition in IPPF, Ms. Kath, highlighted the importance of volunteerism among young people in various development causes, more so those touching on the sexual reproductive health and rights of young people. “The experience gained from the various opportunities one is exposed to as a youth volunteer is invaluable. For example, they are able to attend various national and international health forums where their knowledge on SRHR is increased. As YAM volunteers, they are also able to network with other like-minded individuals and organizations. At a personal level, the IPPF experience has built my capacity as a youth SRHR advocate immensely,” she said. Ms. Kath also lauded the Federation for its enviable practice of including young people in its governance and leadership structures. “Youth are involved in decision-making levels at the Member Associations, and are also eligible to become SARYN members. Two representatives from each MA (20%) makes 18 SARYN members. Elected members are also able to represent youth at the top echelons of management; the Regional Executive Committee (EXCO) and Governing Council (GC).” Sharing her own experiences, Ms. Kath said she joined the movement as a youth volunteer eight years ago at the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), where she then went on to be elected as a Youth Representative for IPPF’s South Asia Region (SARO). Ms. Kath currently serves as the alternate youth representative at the Governing Council. Being above 25 years, Ms. Kath has further been elected to a higher position, where she serves as an adult volunteer in the SARO Board. She encouraged young people from Africa to join the Youth Africa Movement in their local Member Associations, for purposes of gaining the wide range of benefits that come with this and also to continue contributing to the IPPF goals and objective in support of the marginalized and vulnerable in our society. Story by Maryanne W. Waweru, IPPF Africa Region. For more updates on the work of IPPF Africa Region, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Priya Kath
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| 08 May 2017

Youth Volunteerism: Lessons from IPPF’s South Asia Region by Priya Kath

Ms. Priya Kath, a vibrant Youth Action Movement (YAM) advocate and representative from IPPF’s South Asia Region (IPPF-SARO) recently attended the IPPF Africa Region Volunteerism and Governance workshop from 27 - 29 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was attended by volunteers and staff from English-speaking Member Associations (MAs) in the IPPF Africa Region, who included; MA Chairpersons, Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives , Executive Directors (EDs) and MA Governance Focal Point Persons. Created in 2005, the Youth Action Movement (YAM) is the youth arm of IPPFAR volunteer’s body based within the Member Associations (MAs), which catalyzes youth participation. The YAM plays a key role in identifying priority areas and needs for young people to be fed into the MA plans as well as the regional plans. This process enhances consultation and involvement of the youth. The structure further enables young people to advocate and be recognized, and empower them to be equal partners in programmatic decision making and resource allocation at all levels. In her presentation to participants, which focused on youth volunteerism, recruitment, engagement and retention, as well as youth – adult transition in IPPF, Ms. Kath, highlighted the importance of volunteerism among young people in various development causes, more so those touching on the sexual reproductive health and rights of young people. “The experience gained from the various opportunities one is exposed to as a youth volunteer is invaluable. For example, they are able to attend various national and international health forums where their knowledge on SRHR is increased. As YAM volunteers, they are also able to network with other like-minded individuals and organizations. At a personal level, the IPPF experience has built my capacity as a youth SRHR advocate immensely,” she said. Ms. Kath also lauded the Federation for its enviable practice of including young people in its governance and leadership structures. “Youth are involved in decision-making levels at the Member Associations, and are also eligible to become SARYN members. Two representatives from each MA (20%) makes 18 SARYN members. Elected members are also able to represent youth at the top echelons of management; the Regional Executive Committee (EXCO) and Governing Council (GC).” Sharing her own experiences, Ms. Kath said she joined the movement as a youth volunteer eight years ago at the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), where she then went on to be elected as a Youth Representative for IPPF’s South Asia Region (SARO). Ms. Kath currently serves as the alternate youth representative at the Governing Council. Being above 25 years, Ms. Kath has further been elected to a higher position, where she serves as an adult volunteer in the SARO Board. She encouraged young people from Africa to join the Youth Africa Movement in their local Member Associations, for purposes of gaining the wide range of benefits that come with this and also to continue contributing to the IPPF goals and objective in support of the marginalized and vulnerable in our society. Story by Maryanne W. Waweru, IPPF Africa Region. For more updates on the work of IPPF Africa Region, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Adama_Dicko
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| 02 May 2017

IPPFAR Holds Volunteering and Governance Workshop in Abidjan

IPPF Africa Region Member Associations (MAs) from 15 French-speaking countries recently participated in a three-day Volunteering and Governance workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The meeting was held at the Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) offices in the capital city. In his opening speech, Adv. Kweku Brenu, the IPPFAR President urged the MA and Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives to intensify their commitment to the spirit of volunteerism to the Federation, in a bid to advance development gains for the continent. Also in attendance was Mr. Lucien Kouakou, the Regional Director, IPPFAR, who acknowledged the invaluable role that IPPFAR volunteers continue play towards the success of the organization. Young people from the Youth Action Movement (YAM), led by the chair, Ms. Adama Dicko, also attended the meeting. The youth shared their experiences on their volunteer work; their successes, challenges and the benefits they have received as a result of their engagements. Information source: Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter

Adama_Dicko
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| 02 May 2017

IPPFAR Holds Volunteering and Governance Workshop in Abidjan

IPPF Africa Region Member Associations (MAs) from 15 French-speaking countries recently participated in a three-day Volunteering and Governance workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The meeting was held at the Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) offices in the capital city. In his opening speech, Adv. Kweku Brenu, the IPPFAR President urged the MA and Youth Action Movement (YAM) representatives to intensify their commitment to the spirit of volunteerism to the Federation, in a bid to advance development gains for the continent. Also in attendance was Mr. Lucien Kouakou, the Regional Director, IPPFAR, who acknowledged the invaluable role that IPPFAR volunteers continue play towards the success of the organization. Young people from the Youth Action Movement (YAM), led by the chair, Ms. Adama Dicko, also attended the meeting. The youth shared their experiences on their volunteer work; their successes, challenges and the benefits they have received as a result of their engagements. Information source: Joel Eklou, Communication and Resource Mobilization Manager, The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF) For more updates on our work, follow IPPF Africa Region on Facebook and Twitter