Every year, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), in conjunction with the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) and partners, organizes meetings of the NEAPACOH. The meeting participants are drawn from Parliamentarians who chair or are members of the parliamentary committees of health and their Committee Clerks, Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, and other stakeholders involved in Family Planning, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) programmes.
We are pleased to announce the 2019 NEAPACOH meeting which will take place from 30th to 31st October 2019 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, hosted by the Parliament of Uganda.
The theme of this eleventh meeting, will be “Building the capacity of African policymakers for enhanced implementation of ICPD PoA and improved reproductive health outcomes: Challenges and Opportunities”, this meeting is timely, occurring around the time when the Governments of Kenya, Denmark and UNFPA will convene the ICPD+25 Summit to be held on November 12 – 14, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.
This meeting will provide space for discussions between and among policy and decision-makers and implementers to develop concrete actions and commitments aimed at improving reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) outcomes in the context of the implementation of ICPD PoA and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The objectives of the meeting are to:
- Share progress, lessons learned and remaining challenges on the implementation of the RH/FP related commitments that were made during the October 2018 NEAPACOH meeting;
- Share experiences and good practices that enhance the implementation of FP/RH related commitments, the ICPD Programme of Action and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- Build the capacity of policymakers to contribute to enhanced accountability, leadership and stewardship for the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and meet the SDGs by 2030 in the region; and
- Elicit commitments to improve RH/FP outcomes including ending preventable maternal deaths, eliminating the unmet need for family planning and ending child marriages, among others.
It is in this regard that we are pleased to invite the Parliament of Botswana to attend the 2019 NEAPACOH meeting as above scheduled. We would greatly appreciate if at least two (2) Members of Parliament from the Committee of Health, including the Chairperson, and one (1) technical staff of the committee of health could be nominated to participate in the meeting.
The meeting organizers will provide all the meals, refreshments and conference facilities during the meeting. Parliaments and all intending participants are encouraged to support the travel-related costs, allowances and accommodation for their delegations.
We will appreciate receiving the confirmation of your Parliament’s attendance at the earliest convenience in order to enable us to make the necessary arrangements. We shall be happy to provide any additional information on the meeting but if you have any questions, please send them to Patrick Mugirwa; Tel: +256772776775 ; email:firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Achilles Kiwanuka, Tel: +256 772490372, email: email@example.com, Cc. firstname.lastname@example.org