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Indonesia Passes Long Awaited Bill Towards Eliminating Sexual Violence

12 April 2022: Indonesia has passed the sexual violence bill into law a decade after it was first proposed. The final draft of the law criminalises physical sexual abuse, both in marriage and outside, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, including child marriage, and circulating non-consensual sexual content, amongst others. It also stipulates that a court must compel convicted abusers to pay restitution and authorities to provide counselling to victims.

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Nurse Tala administering contraceptive injection to client Josephine, Saleapaga Village. Photo credits: Phoebe Hammond
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| 30 June 2017

SFHA ED appointed to Samoa’s Medical Council

The Executive Director of the SFHA was appointed by the Hon Minister of the MOH to represent Nursing & Midwifery in the Medical Council for three (3) years – from July 2017 – June 2020. The appointment was approved by the Cabinet in June 2017. The representative for Nursing & Midwifery to the Medical Council is usually the ACEO of Nursing & Midwifery, who oversees the nursing practice. This appointment was a ministerial directive which really reflects the appreciation of the work of SFHA by the government, and the close relationship between SFHA and MOH. The roles of the council will be guided by the Healthcare Professionals Registration and Standards Act, and the Medical Practitioners Act. A Career Pathway and Professional Development Framework for Medical Practitioners in Samoa was developed in April 2016. This frameworks will help guide the medical profession through their lives of service to the people of Samoa and all those who seek medical help and assistance. The members of the council include four (4) Medical Practitioners, one (1) Nurse Midwife, one (1) representative from a government ministry, and one (1) community leader. The ex-officials are the CEO of MOH and the Registrar of Medical, Nursing and Allied professions.  

Nurse Tala administering contraceptive injection to client Josephine, Saleapaga Village. Photo credits: Phoebe Hammond
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| 30 June 2017

SFHA ED appointed to Samoa’s Medical Council

The Executive Director of the SFHA was appointed by the Hon Minister of the MOH to represent Nursing & Midwifery in the Medical Council for three (3) years – from July 2017 – June 2020. The appointment was approved by the Cabinet in June 2017. The representative for Nursing & Midwifery to the Medical Council is usually the ACEO of Nursing & Midwifery, who oversees the nursing practice. This appointment was a ministerial directive which really reflects the appreciation of the work of SFHA by the government, and the close relationship between SFHA and MOH. The roles of the council will be guided by the Healthcare Professionals Registration and Standards Act, and the Medical Practitioners Act. A Career Pathway and Professional Development Framework for Medical Practitioners in Samoa was developed in April 2016. This frameworks will help guide the medical profession through their lives of service to the people of Samoa and all those who seek medical help and assistance. The members of the council include four (4) Medical Practitioners, one (1) Nurse Midwife, one (1) representative from a government ministry, and one (1) community leader. The ex-officials are the CEO of MOH and the Registrar of Medical, Nursing and Allied professions.  

Contraceptives counseling in SIPPA clinic
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| 28 June 2017

SIPPA appointed as CSO Focal Point for FP2020

The Solomon Islands government took a significant step in addressing the family planning service delivery programme in the country by strengthening partnership with the civil society. In its latest move, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services tapped Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA), an IPPF member association, to be the CSO focal point to help mobilize the civil society sector towards the achievement of Solomon Islands’ FP2020 target. The Solomon Islands failed to reach the national target for contraceptive rate set in 2015. The target of 55% CPR is double the current rate of 27% which has stayed at that rate for about a decade. The high unmet need can be attributed to various factors, which include: young people’s lack of information to make the right choices; women, men, and youth’s lack of access to FP services and commodities; lack of skilled staff and health service providers. By bringing SIPPA into the action, the Government of Solomon Islands will benefit from IPPF’s and SIPPA’s strong youth program, data collection, management, and analysis infrastructure, and technical expertise in comprehensive sexuality education and HIV/STI program. The commitments made on behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands on July 11, 2012 are (1) to make family planning a priority under the reproductive health program section of the government National Health Strategic Plan for 2006-2015 and (2) to make men partners in all reproductive health issues, including voluntary family planning.  

Contraceptives counseling in SIPPA clinic
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| 28 June 2017

SIPPA appointed as CSO Focal Point for FP2020

The Solomon Islands government took a significant step in addressing the family planning service delivery programme in the country by strengthening partnership with the civil society. In its latest move, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services tapped Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA), an IPPF member association, to be the CSO focal point to help mobilize the civil society sector towards the achievement of Solomon Islands’ FP2020 target. The Solomon Islands failed to reach the national target for contraceptive rate set in 2015. The target of 55% CPR is double the current rate of 27% which has stayed at that rate for about a decade. The high unmet need can be attributed to various factors, which include: young people’s lack of information to make the right choices; women, men, and youth’s lack of access to FP services and commodities; lack of skilled staff and health service providers. By bringing SIPPA into the action, the Government of Solomon Islands will benefit from IPPF’s and SIPPA’s strong youth program, data collection, management, and analysis infrastructure, and technical expertise in comprehensive sexuality education and HIV/STI program. The commitments made on behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands on July 11, 2012 are (1) to make family planning a priority under the reproductive health program section of the government National Health Strategic Plan for 2006-2015 and (2) to make men partners in all reproductive health issues, including voluntary family planning.  

Nurse Tala administering contraceptive injection to client Josephine, Saleapaga Village. Photo credits: Phoebe Hammond
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| 30 June 2017

SFHA ED appointed to Samoa’s Medical Council

The Executive Director of the SFHA was appointed by the Hon Minister of the MOH to represent Nursing & Midwifery in the Medical Council for three (3) years – from July 2017 – June 2020. The appointment was approved by the Cabinet in June 2017. The representative for Nursing & Midwifery to the Medical Council is usually the ACEO of Nursing & Midwifery, who oversees the nursing practice. This appointment was a ministerial directive which really reflects the appreciation of the work of SFHA by the government, and the close relationship between SFHA and MOH. The roles of the council will be guided by the Healthcare Professionals Registration and Standards Act, and the Medical Practitioners Act. A Career Pathway and Professional Development Framework for Medical Practitioners in Samoa was developed in April 2016. This frameworks will help guide the medical profession through their lives of service to the people of Samoa and all those who seek medical help and assistance. The members of the council include four (4) Medical Practitioners, one (1) Nurse Midwife, one (1) representative from a government ministry, and one (1) community leader. The ex-officials are the CEO of MOH and the Registrar of Medical, Nursing and Allied professions.  

Nurse Tala administering contraceptive injection to client Josephine, Saleapaga Village. Photo credits: Phoebe Hammond
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| 30 June 2017

SFHA ED appointed to Samoa’s Medical Council

The Executive Director of the SFHA was appointed by the Hon Minister of the MOH to represent Nursing & Midwifery in the Medical Council for three (3) years – from July 2017 – June 2020. The appointment was approved by the Cabinet in June 2017. The representative for Nursing & Midwifery to the Medical Council is usually the ACEO of Nursing & Midwifery, who oversees the nursing practice. This appointment was a ministerial directive which really reflects the appreciation of the work of SFHA by the government, and the close relationship between SFHA and MOH. The roles of the council will be guided by the Healthcare Professionals Registration and Standards Act, and the Medical Practitioners Act. A Career Pathway and Professional Development Framework for Medical Practitioners in Samoa was developed in April 2016. This frameworks will help guide the medical profession through their lives of service to the people of Samoa and all those who seek medical help and assistance. The members of the council include four (4) Medical Practitioners, one (1) Nurse Midwife, one (1) representative from a government ministry, and one (1) community leader. The ex-officials are the CEO of MOH and the Registrar of Medical, Nursing and Allied professions.  

Contraceptives counseling in SIPPA clinic
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| 28 June 2017

SIPPA appointed as CSO Focal Point for FP2020

The Solomon Islands government took a significant step in addressing the family planning service delivery programme in the country by strengthening partnership with the civil society. In its latest move, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services tapped Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA), an IPPF member association, to be the CSO focal point to help mobilize the civil society sector towards the achievement of Solomon Islands’ FP2020 target. The Solomon Islands failed to reach the national target for contraceptive rate set in 2015. The target of 55% CPR is double the current rate of 27% which has stayed at that rate for about a decade. The high unmet need can be attributed to various factors, which include: young people’s lack of information to make the right choices; women, men, and youth’s lack of access to FP services and commodities; lack of skilled staff and health service providers. By bringing SIPPA into the action, the Government of Solomon Islands will benefit from IPPF’s and SIPPA’s strong youth program, data collection, management, and analysis infrastructure, and technical expertise in comprehensive sexuality education and HIV/STI program. The commitments made on behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands on July 11, 2012 are (1) to make family planning a priority under the reproductive health program section of the government National Health Strategic Plan for 2006-2015 and (2) to make men partners in all reproductive health issues, including voluntary family planning.  

Contraceptives counseling in SIPPA clinic
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| 28 June 2017

SIPPA appointed as CSO Focal Point for FP2020

The Solomon Islands government took a significant step in addressing the family planning service delivery programme in the country by strengthening partnership with the civil society. In its latest move, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services tapped Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA), an IPPF member association, to be the CSO focal point to help mobilize the civil society sector towards the achievement of Solomon Islands’ FP2020 target. The Solomon Islands failed to reach the national target for contraceptive rate set in 2015. The target of 55% CPR is double the current rate of 27% which has stayed at that rate for about a decade. The high unmet need can be attributed to various factors, which include: young people’s lack of information to make the right choices; women, men, and youth’s lack of access to FP services and commodities; lack of skilled staff and health service providers. By bringing SIPPA into the action, the Government of Solomon Islands will benefit from IPPF’s and SIPPA’s strong youth program, data collection, management, and analysis infrastructure, and technical expertise in comprehensive sexuality education and HIV/STI program. The commitments made on behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands on July 11, 2012 are (1) to make family planning a priority under the reproductive health program section of the government National Health Strategic Plan for 2006-2015 and (2) to make men partners in all reproductive health issues, including voluntary family planning.