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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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| 21 October 2016

Capacity Building Project in the Pacific

Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired.    In 2008, IPPF ESEAOR started implementing a five-year project called the Pacific Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Capacity Building Facility. The project was intended to increase the capacity of IPPF’s Member Associations (MAs) in the Pacific to deliver and advocate for quality SRH services. The project was made possible through the generous support of the governments of Australia and New Zealand. Since its implementation, much progress has been made: better SRH services are now being provided in all MAs because the capacity of service providers has improved and because of enhanced facilities; youth-friendly services have been installed where full confidentiality is assured; and the child protection policy is fully enforced, to name just a couple. The number of SRH services and clients in general has trebled in all the nine MAs since the project was implemented. It is worth mentioning that IPPF’s clients in the Pacific are those that are hardly-reached by the usual government services due to their geographical isolation. The project benefitted most of the staff members of the MAs. Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired. Even the staff of IPPF ESEAOR's Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific (SROP) benefitted: the level of their technical assistance and monitoring work has improved due to the professional development course that they were able to attend. During the evaluation in November 2013, MAs reported that the programme / project had impacted positively on their development as a collective voice in the region. The over-all performance of all MAs can be seen with the total number of SRH services provided reaching  654,621 in 2013. The increased capacity of the MAs in the Pacific led to more advocacy activities and those had a greater impact. Some of the activities undertaken include: Participation at the Pacific Parliamentarian Conference in Suva in August 2013, which focused on the post ICPD documentation, resulted in the launching of the Moana Declaration; Participation in the Youth Conference and Youth Ministers’ Meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia in December 2013. This established the SROP’s role as a major player to articulate and contribute towards the implementation of the new Youth Framework endorsed by the Pacific Youth Ministers; Pacific Kaci was developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders calling for increased access to SRH services stemming from the Millennium Development Goals; Signing of an MOU with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) to collaborate on engaging the Pacific Parliamentarians with the Vision 2020 Agenda and Sexual Rights Charter of IPPF. IPPF ESEAOR’s work in the Pacific will continue to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services and policies are installed and implemented in the future. We will continue building better partnerships to ensure that the Pacific speaks in one voice. It will also ensure that the Pacific people receive quality SRH services from service providers who have been properly and professionally trained.

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| 21 September 2016

Capacity Building Project in the Pacific

Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired.    In 2008, IPPF ESEAOR started implementing a five-year project called the Pacific Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Capacity Building Facility. The project was intended to increase the capacity of IPPF’s Member Associations (MAs) in the Pacific to deliver and advocate for quality SRH services. The project was made possible through the generous support of the governments of Australia and New Zealand. Since its implementation, much progress has been made: better SRH services are now being provided in all MAs because the capacity of service providers has improved and because of enhanced facilities; youth-friendly services have been installed where full confidentiality is assured; and the child protection policy is fully enforced, to name just a couple. The number of SRH services and clients in general has trebled in all the nine MAs since the project was implemented. It is worth mentioning that IPPF’s clients in the Pacific are those that are hardly-reached by the usual government services due to their geographical isolation. The project benefitted most of the staff members of the MAs. Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired. Even the staff of IPPF ESEAOR's Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific (SROP) benefitted: the level of their technical assistance and monitoring work has improved due to the professional development course that they were able to attend. During the evaluation in November 2013, MAs reported that the programme / project had impacted positively on their development as a collective voice in the region. The over-all performance of all MAs can be seen with the total number of SRH services provided reaching  654,621 in 2013. The increased capacity of the MAs in the Pacific led to more advocacy activities and those had a greater impact. Some of the activities undertaken include: Participation at the Pacific Parliamentarian Conference in Suva in August 2013, which focused on the post ICPD documentation, resulted in the launching of the Moana Declaration; Participation in the Youth Conference and Youth Ministers’ Meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia in December 2013. This established the SROP’s role as a major player to articulate and contribute towards the implementation of the new Youth Framework endorsed by the Pacific Youth Ministers; Pacific Kaci was developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders calling for increased access to SRH services stemming from the Millennium Development Goals; Signing of an MOU with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) to collaborate on engaging the Pacific Parliamentarians with the Vision 2020 Agenda and Sexual Rights Charter of IPPF. IPPF ESEAOR’s work in the Pacific will continue to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services and policies are installed and implemented in the future. We will continue building better partnerships to ensure that the Pacific speaks in one voice. It will also ensure that the Pacific people receive quality SRH services from service providers who have been properly and professionally trained.

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| 18 October 2016

Providing family planning services to Cyclone Winston victims

IPPF implemented the Minimum Initial Service Package for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the wake of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. IPPF ESEAOR planned for the Fiji response and was able to deploy surge capacity on the first week. Within the first 20 days, six medical missions were already completed. What follows is the story of one of the women who received care in one of these missions: Savaira Buka who is a mother of six was one of the lucky survivors of the tragic Cyclone Winston. The 36-year-old mother originally from Nailaga, Western Fiji, who is married into the village, painfully gathers the memory of the night the storm claimed parts of their home. Savaira and her family moved back to her family home in Nailaga village two years ago to look after her mother who had lost one side of her leg to Diabetes. Cyclone Winston’s strong winds ravaged through her village taking with it walls and roofs of the homes in Nailaga, including Savaira’s. The home that she had once shared with her four other siblings and their families was now in ruins as with most of their belongings. Savaira heard about the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT medical mission from the village headman accepted the service provided by the IPPF team with open arms. Since the storm had struck their village "the IPPF reproductive health medical mission team was the first to ever visit our village and it stood out from the rest as it specifically targeted women of reproductive age and pregnant and lactating women," she shared. For Savaira, the health information sessions stood out as it boosted her confidence about sharing family planning issues with the reproductive health medical mission team from IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. After the health information session, she decided to access injectable contraceptives. After consultation with the medical doctor present in the mission, she was provided with the service. Savaira was not able to contain her smile as she continually thanked the team for the medical visit which was brought to them by the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. Within a month of the cyclone’s landfall, IPPF ESEAOR Sub Regional Office in the Pacific and the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji, through the Australian Aid-funded SPRINT Initiative was able to complete 37 (the plan was for 30) reproductive health medical missions. A total of 868 clients were served, 122 of which are pregnant and 272 are lactating. All 868 beneficiaries received information on family planning, danger signs of pregnancy, HIV/STI prevention, and sexual and gender-based violence during health information sessions that lasted between 20-30 minutes. Condoms and oral and injectable contraceptive were provided to 556 clients.

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| 31 March 2016

Providing family planning services to Cyclone Winston victims

IPPF implemented the Minimum Initial Service Package for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the wake of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. IPPF ESEAOR planned for the Fiji response and was able to deploy surge capacity on the first week. Within the first 20 days, six medical missions were already completed. What follows is the story of one of the women who received care in one of these missions: Savaira Buka who is a mother of six was one of the lucky survivors of the tragic Cyclone Winston. The 36-year-old mother originally from Nailaga, Western Fiji, who is married into the village, painfully gathers the memory of the night the storm claimed parts of their home. Savaira and her family moved back to her family home in Nailaga village two years ago to look after her mother who had lost one side of her leg to Diabetes. Cyclone Winston’s strong winds ravaged through her village taking with it walls and roofs of the homes in Nailaga, including Savaira’s. The home that she had once shared with her four other siblings and their families was now in ruins as with most of their belongings. Savaira heard about the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT medical mission from the village headman accepted the service provided by the IPPF team with open arms. Since the storm had struck their village "the IPPF reproductive health medical mission team was the first to ever visit our village and it stood out from the rest as it specifically targeted women of reproductive age and pregnant and lactating women," she shared. For Savaira, the health information sessions stood out as it boosted her confidence about sharing family planning issues with the reproductive health medical mission team from IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. After the health information session, she decided to access injectable contraceptives. After consultation with the medical doctor present in the mission, she was provided with the service. Savaira was not able to contain her smile as she continually thanked the team for the medical visit which was brought to them by the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. Within a month of the cyclone’s landfall, IPPF ESEAOR Sub Regional Office in the Pacific and the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji, through the Australian Aid-funded SPRINT Initiative was able to complete 37 (the plan was for 30) reproductive health medical missions. A total of 868 clients were served, 122 of which are pregnant and 272 are lactating. All 868 beneficiaries received information on family planning, danger signs of pregnancy, HIV/STI prevention, and sexual and gender-based violence during health information sessions that lasted between 20-30 minutes. Condoms and oral and injectable contraceptive were provided to 556 clients.

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| 18 November 2016

IPPF SPRINT provides aid to Cyclone Winston victims in FIji

In the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, IPPF-SPRINT is responding to ensure that essential reproductive and sexual health services are provided to affected communities in Fiji. The Australian Government has committed 100,000 Australian dollars to IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to an estimate of 84,250 women of reproductive age. IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region, is responding to the humanitarian crisis through its member association, the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji. “Cyclone Winston is the strongest recorded tropical storm to hit Fiji and it has severely affected communities across the country. It is essential that every effort is made to ensure that pregnant women, nursing and lactating mothers receive essential reproductive health services at this critical time” said Michael Sami, Head of IPPF Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific. “Our teams of nurses, medical staff and volunteers, including youth, will be deployed and become part of the national response. We shall provide clean and safe delivery kits, hygiene and dignity kits and reproductive health care services”. Among affected population, SPRINT-ESEAOR will continue to provide services such as pregnancy care, childbirth care, postnatal care, prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and prevention and management of gender-based violence. For more information and interviews with IPPF working in Suva please contact Michael Sami at +679 7773070

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| 27 February 2016

IPPF SPRINT provides aid to Cyclone Winston victims in FIji

In the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, IPPF-SPRINT is responding to ensure that essential reproductive and sexual health services are provided to affected communities in Fiji. The Australian Government has committed 100,000 Australian dollars to IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to an estimate of 84,250 women of reproductive age. IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region, is responding to the humanitarian crisis through its member association, the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji. “Cyclone Winston is the strongest recorded tropical storm to hit Fiji and it has severely affected communities across the country. It is essential that every effort is made to ensure that pregnant women, nursing and lactating mothers receive essential reproductive health services at this critical time” said Michael Sami, Head of IPPF Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific. “Our teams of nurses, medical staff and volunteers, including youth, will be deployed and become part of the national response. We shall provide clean and safe delivery kits, hygiene and dignity kits and reproductive health care services”. Among affected population, SPRINT-ESEAOR will continue to provide services such as pregnancy care, childbirth care, postnatal care, prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and prevention and management of gender-based violence. For more information and interviews with IPPF working in Suva please contact Michael Sami at +679 7773070

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| 21 October 2016

IPPF’s humanitarian program; the SPRINT Initiative is providing crucial medical and sexual and reproductive (SRH) health services to #TyphoonKOPPU affected areas in Philippines

November 16, 2015: New Delhi|Kuala Lumpur: Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) made landfall on the 18th of October inundating several parts of the Luzon area in the Philippines. The typhoon wreaked havoc, causing floods, power outages, road blockages, and has disrupted people’s lives. To address the crucial medical and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) vulnerabilities of the population, theInternational Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), through its humanitarian program, the SPRINT Initiative, is providing assistance to affected populations.   Medical and SRH assistance is being provided through the Family Planning Organisation of Philippines (FPOP), a member association of IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR), with funding provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). “Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) is a significant public health need in all communities, especially those facing emergencies. In emergency situations, there is often a lack of access to SRH services,” said Nora Murat, Regional Director, IPPF ESEAOR. “IPPF-SPRINT implements The Minimum Initial Service Package(MISP) for Reproductive Health, a standard for the provision of essential health service in flood affected areas of Echaque Municipality in Isabela Province of Region II – Cagayan Valley, Philippines. MISP is a coordinated set of priority activities for reducing SRH-related illnesses and deaths in times of emergency” she added. According to UNOCHA and the updates of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, dated 3rdNovember, 2015, more than 3,126,130 people (733,152 families) have been affected. It is estimated that at the peak of the disaster, over 70,500 people (15,604families) were in 376 evacuation centres managed by local authorities.  Of the affected population, more than 780,000 are women and girls of reproductive age (15-49 years old) and an estimated 31,000 are pregnant women who require special care. In crisis situations such as these, there is an increase in gender based violence (GBV) and access to health care becomes more difficult. Whilst the restoration of government services is in full swing, IPPF-SPRINT’s response is to prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence, reduce the incidence of STI, including HIV, transmission and to prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. “IPPF-SPRINT will work in close co-ordination with Reproductive Health-Maternal Child Health Working Group, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and FPOP. An amount of USD 35,000 has been mobilised by IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to more than4000 people’’ said Aditi Ghosh, Director, IPPF-SPRINT. “We shall also provide clean delivery kits, emergency obstetric care services and referral, and reproductive health medical teams to attend to the poorest of poor and the most vulnerable.” The efforts are complimented by in-county prepositioned stores, released by UNFPA and funded by the Australian Government, which include reproductive health kits and dignity kits for pregnant and lactating women, and awareness raising information-education-communication (IEC) activities for the affected population.

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| 30 October 2015

IPPF’s humanitarian program; the SPRINT Initiative is providing crucial medical and sexual and reproductive (SRH) health services to #TyphoonKOPPU affected areas in Philippines

November 16, 2015: New Delhi|Kuala Lumpur: Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) made landfall on the 18th of October inundating several parts of the Luzon area in the Philippines. The typhoon wreaked havoc, causing floods, power outages, road blockages, and has disrupted people’s lives. To address the crucial medical and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) vulnerabilities of the population, theInternational Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), through its humanitarian program, the SPRINT Initiative, is providing assistance to affected populations.   Medical and SRH assistance is being provided through the Family Planning Organisation of Philippines (FPOP), a member association of IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR), with funding provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). “Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) is a significant public health need in all communities, especially those facing emergencies. In emergency situations, there is often a lack of access to SRH services,” said Nora Murat, Regional Director, IPPF ESEAOR. “IPPF-SPRINT implements The Minimum Initial Service Package(MISP) for Reproductive Health, a standard for the provision of essential health service in flood affected areas of Echaque Municipality in Isabela Province of Region II – Cagayan Valley, Philippines. MISP is a coordinated set of priority activities for reducing SRH-related illnesses and deaths in times of emergency” she added. According to UNOCHA and the updates of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, dated 3rdNovember, 2015, more than 3,126,130 people (733,152 families) have been affected. It is estimated that at the peak of the disaster, over 70,500 people (15,604families) were in 376 evacuation centres managed by local authorities.  Of the affected population, more than 780,000 are women and girls of reproductive age (15-49 years old) and an estimated 31,000 are pregnant women who require special care. In crisis situations such as these, there is an increase in gender based violence (GBV) and access to health care becomes more difficult. Whilst the restoration of government services is in full swing, IPPF-SPRINT’s response is to prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence, reduce the incidence of STI, including HIV, transmission and to prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. “IPPF-SPRINT will work in close co-ordination with Reproductive Health-Maternal Child Health Working Group, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and FPOP. An amount of USD 35,000 has been mobilised by IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to more than4000 people’’ said Aditi Ghosh, Director, IPPF-SPRINT. “We shall also provide clean delivery kits, emergency obstetric care services and referral, and reproductive health medical teams to attend to the poorest of poor and the most vulnerable.” The efforts are complimented by in-county prepositioned stores, released by UNFPA and funded by the Australian Government, which include reproductive health kits and dignity kits for pregnant and lactating women, and awareness raising information-education-communication (IEC) activities for the affected population.

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| 06 December 2016

Stepping up information and services during emergencies

IPPF Member Associations through the SPRINT Initiative have strengthened partnerships with various agencies to increase SRH services to disaster affected populations. UNFPA trained nurses of the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) on how to insert Jadelle® implants; provided a vehicle for o u t r e a c h p r o g r a m s , 100 dignity kits for distribution and two tents for outreach camps in the aftermath of Typhoon Pam. VFHA also worked with the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) Japan in the provision of a 6,000 liter water tank for safe drinking water for North Tanna VFHA Clinic. The Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA) is collaborating well with the Kachin State Health Department and UNFPA in the provision of SRH services through the basic health service medical missions to 40 IDP camps located in Myit Kyi Na and Waing Maw districts of Kachin State. SPRINT supported the direct procurement of UNFPA RH Kits and SPRINT Community Medical Mission Kits. These kits complemented the medical commodities that were being offered to the internally displaced population (IDPs) in the camps. In response to the Mount Sinabung volcanic eruption, the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) in coordination with local authorities, distributed dignity and hygiene kits to the affected population. IPPA North Sumatera chapter is exerting extra efforts to be more involved in responding to the needs of the community, especially regarding access to SRH information and services. There is no guarantee when the eruption will end. While the government is focused on food distribution and shelter, the main problem that the villagers face is loss of land. Being farmers, this renders them jobless. Children and youth have also been identified as being at risk as they have been in the camps for almost 2 years. IPPA has carried out site mapping and identified NGOs and volunteer groups who can be potential partners in delivering more services.

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| 06 July 2015

Stepping up information and services during emergencies

IPPF Member Associations through the SPRINT Initiative have strengthened partnerships with various agencies to increase SRH services to disaster affected populations. UNFPA trained nurses of the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) on how to insert Jadelle® implants; provided a vehicle for o u t r e a c h p r o g r a m s , 100 dignity kits for distribution and two tents for outreach camps in the aftermath of Typhoon Pam. VFHA also worked with the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) Japan in the provision of a 6,000 liter water tank for safe drinking water for North Tanna VFHA Clinic. The Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA) is collaborating well with the Kachin State Health Department and UNFPA in the provision of SRH services through the basic health service medical missions to 40 IDP camps located in Myit Kyi Na and Waing Maw districts of Kachin State. SPRINT supported the direct procurement of UNFPA RH Kits and SPRINT Community Medical Mission Kits. These kits complemented the medical commodities that were being offered to the internally displaced population (IDPs) in the camps. In response to the Mount Sinabung volcanic eruption, the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) in coordination with local authorities, distributed dignity and hygiene kits to the affected population. IPPA North Sumatera chapter is exerting extra efforts to be more involved in responding to the needs of the community, especially regarding access to SRH information and services. There is no guarantee when the eruption will end. While the government is focused on food distribution and shelter, the main problem that the villagers face is loss of land. Being farmers, this renders them jobless. Children and youth have also been identified as being at risk as they have been in the camps for almost 2 years. IPPA has carried out site mapping and identified NGOs and volunteer groups who can be potential partners in delivering more services.

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| 11 October 2016

New cooperation with Solomon Island Government to grant IPPF role as executing agency

The Government of Solomon Islands agreed to cooperate with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) this week to advance the work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across its provinces. The Prime Minister announced its commitment to improve SRHR for all by 2020 and a partnership role with IPPF. In the first of a series of meetings between Ministers and high level government officials across the Pacific and Australia this month, IPPF Director General and Acting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga brokered a partnership which will see the Federation designated as an executing agency on behalf of the Government of the Solomon Islands to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people across the provinces. IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse said:  “This is a great step for the Government and IPPF. Our Member Association, Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, has been working diligently to improve the lives of people across the Solomon Islands through a range of much needed services. Through this extensive partnership arrangement we can take that work to the next level to improve access, increase the range and quality of Government services and integrate our expertise to better the lives of people across the Solomon Islands.  This focus will ensure services reach those who are poor, marginalized and socially excluded and wherever there is a need”. IPPF’s Member Association - Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association will work closely with the Government to convene meetings across provinces with national ministries, non-governmental and faith based groups and medical associations to advise and prepare a budgeted action plan to help realize sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by 2020. The cooperation will see IPPF play a large role in supporting and representing the interests of the Solomon Islands with key international multilateral and bilateral donors, including the African-Caribbean-Pacific Group of States to support the implementation of these plans, to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights.  

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| 14 March 2014

New cooperation with Solomon Island Government to grant IPPF role as executing agency

The Government of Solomon Islands agreed to cooperate with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) this week to advance the work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across its provinces. The Prime Minister announced its commitment to improve SRHR for all by 2020 and a partnership role with IPPF. In the first of a series of meetings between Ministers and high level government officials across the Pacific and Australia this month, IPPF Director General and Acting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga brokered a partnership which will see the Federation designated as an executing agency on behalf of the Government of the Solomon Islands to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people across the provinces. IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse said:  “This is a great step for the Government and IPPF. Our Member Association, Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, has been working diligently to improve the lives of people across the Solomon Islands through a range of much needed services. Through this extensive partnership arrangement we can take that work to the next level to improve access, increase the range and quality of Government services and integrate our expertise to better the lives of people across the Solomon Islands.  This focus will ensure services reach those who are poor, marginalized and socially excluded and wherever there is a need”. IPPF’s Member Association - Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association will work closely with the Government to convene meetings across provinces with national ministries, non-governmental and faith based groups and medical associations to advise and prepare a budgeted action plan to help realize sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by 2020. The cooperation will see IPPF play a large role in supporting and representing the interests of the Solomon Islands with key international multilateral and bilateral donors, including the African-Caribbean-Pacific Group of States to support the implementation of these plans, to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights.  

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| 21 October 2016

Capacity Building Project in the Pacific

Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired.    In 2008, IPPF ESEAOR started implementing a five-year project called the Pacific Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Capacity Building Facility. The project was intended to increase the capacity of IPPF’s Member Associations (MAs) in the Pacific to deliver and advocate for quality SRH services. The project was made possible through the generous support of the governments of Australia and New Zealand. Since its implementation, much progress has been made: better SRH services are now being provided in all MAs because the capacity of service providers has improved and because of enhanced facilities; youth-friendly services have been installed where full confidentiality is assured; and the child protection policy is fully enforced, to name just a couple. The number of SRH services and clients in general has trebled in all the nine MAs since the project was implemented. It is worth mentioning that IPPF’s clients in the Pacific are those that are hardly-reached by the usual government services due to their geographical isolation. The project benefitted most of the staff members of the MAs. Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired. Even the staff of IPPF ESEAOR's Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific (SROP) benefitted: the level of their technical assistance and monitoring work has improved due to the professional development course that they were able to attend. During the evaluation in November 2013, MAs reported that the programme / project had impacted positively on their development as a collective voice in the region. The over-all performance of all MAs can be seen with the total number of SRH services provided reaching  654,621 in 2013. The increased capacity of the MAs in the Pacific led to more advocacy activities and those had a greater impact. Some of the activities undertaken include: Participation at the Pacific Parliamentarian Conference in Suva in August 2013, which focused on the post ICPD documentation, resulted in the launching of the Moana Declaration; Participation in the Youth Conference and Youth Ministers’ Meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia in December 2013. This established the SROP’s role as a major player to articulate and contribute towards the implementation of the new Youth Framework endorsed by the Pacific Youth Ministers; Pacific Kaci was developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders calling for increased access to SRH services stemming from the Millennium Development Goals; Signing of an MOU with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) to collaborate on engaging the Pacific Parliamentarians with the Vision 2020 Agenda and Sexual Rights Charter of IPPF. IPPF ESEAOR’s work in the Pacific will continue to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services and policies are installed and implemented in the future. We will continue building better partnerships to ensure that the Pacific speaks in one voice. It will also ensure that the Pacific people receive quality SRH services from service providers who have been properly and professionally trained.

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| 21 September 2016

Capacity Building Project in the Pacific

Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired.    In 2008, IPPF ESEAOR started implementing a five-year project called the Pacific Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Capacity Building Facility. The project was intended to increase the capacity of IPPF’s Member Associations (MAs) in the Pacific to deliver and advocate for quality SRH services. The project was made possible through the generous support of the governments of Australia and New Zealand. Since its implementation, much progress has been made: better SRH services are now being provided in all MAs because the capacity of service providers has improved and because of enhanced facilities; youth-friendly services have been installed where full confidentiality is assured; and the child protection policy is fully enforced, to name just a couple. The number of SRH services and clients in general has trebled in all the nine MAs since the project was implemented. It is worth mentioning that IPPF’s clients in the Pacific are those that are hardly-reached by the usual government services due to their geographical isolation. The project benefitted most of the staff members of the MAs. Through the various training activities and professional development courses attended by the MA staff, increased confidence and improved skills needed in delivering quality SRH services have been acquired. Even the staff of IPPF ESEAOR's Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific (SROP) benefitted: the level of their technical assistance and monitoring work has improved due to the professional development course that they were able to attend. During the evaluation in November 2013, MAs reported that the programme / project had impacted positively on their development as a collective voice in the region. The over-all performance of all MAs can be seen with the total number of SRH services provided reaching  654,621 in 2013. The increased capacity of the MAs in the Pacific led to more advocacy activities and those had a greater impact. Some of the activities undertaken include: Participation at the Pacific Parliamentarian Conference in Suva in August 2013, which focused on the post ICPD documentation, resulted in the launching of the Moana Declaration; Participation in the Youth Conference and Youth Ministers’ Meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia in December 2013. This established the SROP’s role as a major player to articulate and contribute towards the implementation of the new Youth Framework endorsed by the Pacific Youth Ministers; Pacific Kaci was developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders calling for increased access to SRH services stemming from the Millennium Development Goals; Signing of an MOU with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) to collaborate on engaging the Pacific Parliamentarians with the Vision 2020 Agenda and Sexual Rights Charter of IPPF. IPPF ESEAOR’s work in the Pacific will continue to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services and policies are installed and implemented in the future. We will continue building better partnerships to ensure that the Pacific speaks in one voice. It will also ensure that the Pacific people receive quality SRH services from service providers who have been properly and professionally trained.

Fijian mother with child
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| 18 October 2016

Providing family planning services to Cyclone Winston victims

IPPF implemented the Minimum Initial Service Package for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the wake of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. IPPF ESEAOR planned for the Fiji response and was able to deploy surge capacity on the first week. Within the first 20 days, six medical missions were already completed. What follows is the story of one of the women who received care in one of these missions: Savaira Buka who is a mother of six was one of the lucky survivors of the tragic Cyclone Winston. The 36-year-old mother originally from Nailaga, Western Fiji, who is married into the village, painfully gathers the memory of the night the storm claimed parts of their home. Savaira and her family moved back to her family home in Nailaga village two years ago to look after her mother who had lost one side of her leg to Diabetes. Cyclone Winston’s strong winds ravaged through her village taking with it walls and roofs of the homes in Nailaga, including Savaira’s. The home that she had once shared with her four other siblings and their families was now in ruins as with most of their belongings. Savaira heard about the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT medical mission from the village headman accepted the service provided by the IPPF team with open arms. Since the storm had struck their village "the IPPF reproductive health medical mission team was the first to ever visit our village and it stood out from the rest as it specifically targeted women of reproductive age and pregnant and lactating women," she shared. For Savaira, the health information sessions stood out as it boosted her confidence about sharing family planning issues with the reproductive health medical mission team from IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. After the health information session, she decided to access injectable contraceptives. After consultation with the medical doctor present in the mission, she was provided with the service. Savaira was not able to contain her smile as she continually thanked the team for the medical visit which was brought to them by the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. Within a month of the cyclone’s landfall, IPPF ESEAOR Sub Regional Office in the Pacific and the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji, through the Australian Aid-funded SPRINT Initiative was able to complete 37 (the plan was for 30) reproductive health medical missions. A total of 868 clients were served, 122 of which are pregnant and 272 are lactating. All 868 beneficiaries received information on family planning, danger signs of pregnancy, HIV/STI prevention, and sexual and gender-based violence during health information sessions that lasted between 20-30 minutes. Condoms and oral and injectable contraceptive were provided to 556 clients.

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| 31 March 2016

Providing family planning services to Cyclone Winston victims

IPPF implemented the Minimum Initial Service Package for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the wake of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. IPPF ESEAOR planned for the Fiji response and was able to deploy surge capacity on the first week. Within the first 20 days, six medical missions were already completed. What follows is the story of one of the women who received care in one of these missions: Savaira Buka who is a mother of six was one of the lucky survivors of the tragic Cyclone Winston. The 36-year-old mother originally from Nailaga, Western Fiji, who is married into the village, painfully gathers the memory of the night the storm claimed parts of their home. Savaira and her family moved back to her family home in Nailaga village two years ago to look after her mother who had lost one side of her leg to Diabetes. Cyclone Winston’s strong winds ravaged through her village taking with it walls and roofs of the homes in Nailaga, including Savaira’s. The home that she had once shared with her four other siblings and their families was now in ruins as with most of their belongings. Savaira heard about the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT medical mission from the village headman accepted the service provided by the IPPF team with open arms. Since the storm had struck their village "the IPPF reproductive health medical mission team was the first to ever visit our village and it stood out from the rest as it specifically targeted women of reproductive age and pregnant and lactating women," she shared. For Savaira, the health information sessions stood out as it boosted her confidence about sharing family planning issues with the reproductive health medical mission team from IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. After the health information session, she decided to access injectable contraceptives. After consultation with the medical doctor present in the mission, she was provided with the service. Savaira was not able to contain her smile as she continually thanked the team for the medical visit which was brought to them by the IPPF-ESEAOR SPRINT. Within a month of the cyclone’s landfall, IPPF ESEAOR Sub Regional Office in the Pacific and the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji, through the Australian Aid-funded SPRINT Initiative was able to complete 37 (the plan was for 30) reproductive health medical missions. A total of 868 clients were served, 122 of which are pregnant and 272 are lactating. All 868 beneficiaries received information on family planning, danger signs of pregnancy, HIV/STI prevention, and sexual and gender-based violence during health information sessions that lasted between 20-30 minutes. Condoms and oral and injectable contraceptive were provided to 556 clients.

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| 18 November 2016

IPPF SPRINT provides aid to Cyclone Winston victims in FIji

In the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, IPPF-SPRINT is responding to ensure that essential reproductive and sexual health services are provided to affected communities in Fiji. The Australian Government has committed 100,000 Australian dollars to IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to an estimate of 84,250 women of reproductive age. IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region, is responding to the humanitarian crisis through its member association, the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji. “Cyclone Winston is the strongest recorded tropical storm to hit Fiji and it has severely affected communities across the country. It is essential that every effort is made to ensure that pregnant women, nursing and lactating mothers receive essential reproductive health services at this critical time” said Michael Sami, Head of IPPF Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific. “Our teams of nurses, medical staff and volunteers, including youth, will be deployed and become part of the national response. We shall provide clean and safe delivery kits, hygiene and dignity kits and reproductive health care services”. Among affected population, SPRINT-ESEAOR will continue to provide services such as pregnancy care, childbirth care, postnatal care, prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and prevention and management of gender-based violence. For more information and interviews with IPPF working in Suva please contact Michael Sami at +679 7773070

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| 27 February 2016

IPPF SPRINT provides aid to Cyclone Winston victims in FIji

In the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, IPPF-SPRINT is responding to ensure that essential reproductive and sexual health services are provided to affected communities in Fiji. The Australian Government has committed 100,000 Australian dollars to IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to an estimate of 84,250 women of reproductive age. IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region, is responding to the humanitarian crisis through its member association, the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji. “Cyclone Winston is the strongest recorded tropical storm to hit Fiji and it has severely affected communities across the country. It is essential that every effort is made to ensure that pregnant women, nursing and lactating mothers receive essential reproductive health services at this critical time” said Michael Sami, Head of IPPF Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific. “Our teams of nurses, medical staff and volunteers, including youth, will be deployed and become part of the national response. We shall provide clean and safe delivery kits, hygiene and dignity kits and reproductive health care services”. Among affected population, SPRINT-ESEAOR will continue to provide services such as pregnancy care, childbirth care, postnatal care, prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and prevention and management of gender-based violence. For more information and interviews with IPPF working in Suva please contact Michael Sami at +679 7773070

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| 21 October 2016

IPPF’s humanitarian program; the SPRINT Initiative is providing crucial medical and sexual and reproductive (SRH) health services to #TyphoonKOPPU affected areas in Philippines

November 16, 2015: New Delhi|Kuala Lumpur: Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) made landfall on the 18th of October inundating several parts of the Luzon area in the Philippines. The typhoon wreaked havoc, causing floods, power outages, road blockages, and has disrupted people’s lives. To address the crucial medical and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) vulnerabilities of the population, theInternational Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), through its humanitarian program, the SPRINT Initiative, is providing assistance to affected populations.   Medical and SRH assistance is being provided through the Family Planning Organisation of Philippines (FPOP), a member association of IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR), with funding provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). “Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) is a significant public health need in all communities, especially those facing emergencies. In emergency situations, there is often a lack of access to SRH services,” said Nora Murat, Regional Director, IPPF ESEAOR. “IPPF-SPRINT implements The Minimum Initial Service Package(MISP) for Reproductive Health, a standard for the provision of essential health service in flood affected areas of Echaque Municipality in Isabela Province of Region II – Cagayan Valley, Philippines. MISP is a coordinated set of priority activities for reducing SRH-related illnesses and deaths in times of emergency” she added. According to UNOCHA and the updates of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, dated 3rdNovember, 2015, more than 3,126,130 people (733,152 families) have been affected. It is estimated that at the peak of the disaster, over 70,500 people (15,604families) were in 376 evacuation centres managed by local authorities.  Of the affected population, more than 780,000 are women and girls of reproductive age (15-49 years old) and an estimated 31,000 are pregnant women who require special care. In crisis situations such as these, there is an increase in gender based violence (GBV) and access to health care becomes more difficult. Whilst the restoration of government services is in full swing, IPPF-SPRINT’s response is to prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence, reduce the incidence of STI, including HIV, transmission and to prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. “IPPF-SPRINT will work in close co-ordination with Reproductive Health-Maternal Child Health Working Group, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and FPOP. An amount of USD 35,000 has been mobilised by IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to more than4000 people’’ said Aditi Ghosh, Director, IPPF-SPRINT. “We shall also provide clean delivery kits, emergency obstetric care services and referral, and reproductive health medical teams to attend to the poorest of poor and the most vulnerable.” The efforts are complimented by in-county prepositioned stores, released by UNFPA and funded by the Australian Government, which include reproductive health kits and dignity kits for pregnant and lactating women, and awareness raising information-education-communication (IEC) activities for the affected population.

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| 30 October 2015

IPPF’s humanitarian program; the SPRINT Initiative is providing crucial medical and sexual and reproductive (SRH) health services to #TyphoonKOPPU affected areas in Philippines

November 16, 2015: New Delhi|Kuala Lumpur: Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) made landfall on the 18th of October inundating several parts of the Luzon area in the Philippines. The typhoon wreaked havoc, causing floods, power outages, road blockages, and has disrupted people’s lives. To address the crucial medical and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) vulnerabilities of the population, theInternational Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), through its humanitarian program, the SPRINT Initiative, is providing assistance to affected populations.   Medical and SRH assistance is being provided through the Family Planning Organisation of Philippines (FPOP), a member association of IPPF East & South East Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR), with funding provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). “Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) is a significant public health need in all communities, especially those facing emergencies. In emergency situations, there is often a lack of access to SRH services,” said Nora Murat, Regional Director, IPPF ESEAOR. “IPPF-SPRINT implements The Minimum Initial Service Package(MISP) for Reproductive Health, a standard for the provision of essential health service in flood affected areas of Echaque Municipality in Isabela Province of Region II – Cagayan Valley, Philippines. MISP is a coordinated set of priority activities for reducing SRH-related illnesses and deaths in times of emergency” she added. According to UNOCHA and the updates of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, dated 3rdNovember, 2015, more than 3,126,130 people (733,152 families) have been affected. It is estimated that at the peak of the disaster, over 70,500 people (15,604families) were in 376 evacuation centres managed by local authorities.  Of the affected population, more than 780,000 are women and girls of reproductive age (15-49 years old) and an estimated 31,000 are pregnant women who require special care. In crisis situations such as these, there is an increase in gender based violence (GBV) and access to health care becomes more difficult. Whilst the restoration of government services is in full swing, IPPF-SPRINT’s response is to prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence, reduce the incidence of STI, including HIV, transmission and to prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. “IPPF-SPRINT will work in close co-ordination with Reproductive Health-Maternal Child Health Working Group, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and FPOP. An amount of USD 35,000 has been mobilised by IPPF-SPRINT to reach out to more than4000 people’’ said Aditi Ghosh, Director, IPPF-SPRINT. “We shall also provide clean delivery kits, emergency obstetric care services and referral, and reproductive health medical teams to attend to the poorest of poor and the most vulnerable.” The efforts are complimented by in-county prepositioned stores, released by UNFPA and funded by the Australian Government, which include reproductive health kits and dignity kits for pregnant and lactating women, and awareness raising information-education-communication (IEC) activities for the affected population.

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| 06 December 2016

Stepping up information and services during emergencies

IPPF Member Associations through the SPRINT Initiative have strengthened partnerships with various agencies to increase SRH services to disaster affected populations. UNFPA trained nurses of the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) on how to insert Jadelle® implants; provided a vehicle for o u t r e a c h p r o g r a m s , 100 dignity kits for distribution and two tents for outreach camps in the aftermath of Typhoon Pam. VFHA also worked with the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) Japan in the provision of a 6,000 liter water tank for safe drinking water for North Tanna VFHA Clinic. The Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA) is collaborating well with the Kachin State Health Department and UNFPA in the provision of SRH services through the basic health service medical missions to 40 IDP camps located in Myit Kyi Na and Waing Maw districts of Kachin State. SPRINT supported the direct procurement of UNFPA RH Kits and SPRINT Community Medical Mission Kits. These kits complemented the medical commodities that were being offered to the internally displaced population (IDPs) in the camps. In response to the Mount Sinabung volcanic eruption, the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) in coordination with local authorities, distributed dignity and hygiene kits to the affected population. IPPA North Sumatera chapter is exerting extra efforts to be more involved in responding to the needs of the community, especially regarding access to SRH information and services. There is no guarantee when the eruption will end. While the government is focused on food distribution and shelter, the main problem that the villagers face is loss of land. Being farmers, this renders them jobless. Children and youth have also been identified as being at risk as they have been in the camps for almost 2 years. IPPA has carried out site mapping and identified NGOs and volunteer groups who can be potential partners in delivering more services.

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| 06 July 2015

Stepping up information and services during emergencies

IPPF Member Associations through the SPRINT Initiative have strengthened partnerships with various agencies to increase SRH services to disaster affected populations. UNFPA trained nurses of the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) on how to insert Jadelle® implants; provided a vehicle for o u t r e a c h p r o g r a m s , 100 dignity kits for distribution and two tents for outreach camps in the aftermath of Typhoon Pam. VFHA also worked with the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) Japan in the provision of a 6,000 liter water tank for safe drinking water for North Tanna VFHA Clinic. The Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA) is collaborating well with the Kachin State Health Department and UNFPA in the provision of SRH services through the basic health service medical missions to 40 IDP camps located in Myit Kyi Na and Waing Maw districts of Kachin State. SPRINT supported the direct procurement of UNFPA RH Kits and SPRINT Community Medical Mission Kits. These kits complemented the medical commodities that were being offered to the internally displaced population (IDPs) in the camps. In response to the Mount Sinabung volcanic eruption, the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) in coordination with local authorities, distributed dignity and hygiene kits to the affected population. IPPA North Sumatera chapter is exerting extra efforts to be more involved in responding to the needs of the community, especially regarding access to SRH information and services. There is no guarantee when the eruption will end. While the government is focused on food distribution and shelter, the main problem that the villagers face is loss of land. Being farmers, this renders them jobless. Children and youth have also been identified as being at risk as they have been in the camps for almost 2 years. IPPA has carried out site mapping and identified NGOs and volunteer groups who can be potential partners in delivering more services.

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| 11 October 2016

New cooperation with Solomon Island Government to grant IPPF role as executing agency

The Government of Solomon Islands agreed to cooperate with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) this week to advance the work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across its provinces. The Prime Minister announced its commitment to improve SRHR for all by 2020 and a partnership role with IPPF. In the first of a series of meetings between Ministers and high level government officials across the Pacific and Australia this month, IPPF Director General and Acting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga brokered a partnership which will see the Federation designated as an executing agency on behalf of the Government of the Solomon Islands to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people across the provinces. IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse said:  “This is a great step for the Government and IPPF. Our Member Association, Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, has been working diligently to improve the lives of people across the Solomon Islands through a range of much needed services. Through this extensive partnership arrangement we can take that work to the next level to improve access, increase the range and quality of Government services and integrate our expertise to better the lives of people across the Solomon Islands.  This focus will ensure services reach those who are poor, marginalized and socially excluded and wherever there is a need”. IPPF’s Member Association - Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association will work closely with the Government to convene meetings across provinces with national ministries, non-governmental and faith based groups and medical associations to advise and prepare a budgeted action plan to help realize sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by 2020. The cooperation will see IPPF play a large role in supporting and representing the interests of the Solomon Islands with key international multilateral and bilateral donors, including the African-Caribbean-Pacific Group of States to support the implementation of these plans, to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights.  

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| 14 March 2014

New cooperation with Solomon Island Government to grant IPPF role as executing agency

The Government of Solomon Islands agreed to cooperate with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) this week to advance the work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across its provinces. The Prime Minister announced its commitment to improve SRHR for all by 2020 and a partnership role with IPPF. In the first of a series of meetings between Ministers and high level government officials across the Pacific and Australia this month, IPPF Director General and Acting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga brokered a partnership which will see the Federation designated as an executing agency on behalf of the Government of the Solomon Islands to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people across the provinces. IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse said:  “This is a great step for the Government and IPPF. Our Member Association, Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, has been working diligently to improve the lives of people across the Solomon Islands through a range of much needed services. Through this extensive partnership arrangement we can take that work to the next level to improve access, increase the range and quality of Government services and integrate our expertise to better the lives of people across the Solomon Islands.  This focus will ensure services reach those who are poor, marginalized and socially excluded and wherever there is a need”. IPPF’s Member Association - Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association will work closely with the Government to convene meetings across provinces with national ministries, non-governmental and faith based groups and medical associations to advise and prepare a budgeted action plan to help realize sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by 2020. The cooperation will see IPPF play a large role in supporting and representing the interests of the Solomon Islands with key international multilateral and bilateral donors, including the African-Caribbean-Pacific Group of States to support the implementation of these plans, to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights.