UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services and care they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care, and comprises an explicit commitment to provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for all, as agreed in the UHC Political Declaration adopted in 2019. However, SRH services and rights are not adequately prioritized in UHC.
It is in this context that the IPPF AUSO, in collaboration with the Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) network will launch a policy review and position paper on UHC and SRHR on 11th October, 2021, from 16:00 – 17:00 hrs (GMT+3) during the network’s consultative meeting with the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECS) on the AU theme of the Year, “Arts, Culture, and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.
The COVID-19 crisis calls for re-examining the continent’s socio-economic priorities, contributing to building stronger and more resilient health and social sectors, towards equality and inclusion, which are at the heart of the African philosophy of Ubuntu.
This launch will provide a platform to generate discourse and build political support for UHC and SRHR at national, regional and global level, as countries seek to mitigate the devasting economic, social, health and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent.
The launch will be facilitated by advocates and experts drawn from regional Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and UN organizations. Reflections will be centred around key themes including advocacy, health systems strengthening, meaningful youth engagement, data and evidence building for inclusion of SRHR in UHC
Please register on the link below to participate: