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IPPF-ESEAOR TO HOST FP2030 ASIA-PACIFIC HUB

IPPF-ESEAOR will serve as the host of FP2030 Asia Pacific Regional Hub starting this year. This is the fourth FP2030 Regional Hub, preceded by the North America and Europe Hub in Washington DC, the East and Southern Africa Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, and the North, West and Central Africa Hub in Abuja, Nigeria. This is part of the ongoing transition of FP2030 - from a single secretariat office in the United States and now to a global support structure and presence.
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| 27 October 2022

Regional Quality of Care Workshop in Cambodia

IPPF ESEAOR Regional Director, Tomoko Fukuda emphasized on the importance of person-centered care in the delivery of SRH services and lauded RHAC's leadership for hosting a 5- day regional workshop on Quality-of-Care (QoC) last week at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was attended by 22 MA QOC focal points from 10 East and Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Fiji, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam). The workshop provided an opportunity for our Member Associations to discuss, learn and share QoC related issues & promising practices in development and humanitarian settings. This included IPPF QoC framework & Quality Assurance System, QoC in humanitarian settings, QoC for Digital Health Interventions, the Virtual Quality Assessment (VQA) Tool Consultation with MAs and introduction to IPPF New Strategic Framework - Centre Care on People & measuring key expected results (IPES plus and Net Promotor Score) which will further support MAs to implement their 3-year Business Plan (2023-2025). Dr. Nathalie Kapp facilitated the online session on the recently released IPPF Client-Centered Clinical Guidelines (2022) and Peter Mutanda has also shared WISH QoC experience & Adverse Event Reporting and Learning (AERL) in Africa MAs. Tigest Tamrat, Technical Officer (WHO Geneva) introduced WHO SMART guideline/Digital Adaptation Kits for digitizing SRH care in this workshop. During the workshop, the participants also visited RHAC clinic at Phnom Penh and pilot-tested the VQA tool. The regional workshop was jointly organized in collaboration with Humanitarian/SPRINT and the RESPOND.     

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| 27 October 2022

Regional Quality of Care Workshop in Cambodia

IPPF ESEAOR Regional Director, Tomoko Fukuda emphasized on the importance of person-centered care in the delivery of SRH services and lauded RHAC's leadership for hosting a 5- day regional workshop on Quality-of-Care (QoC) last week at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was attended by 22 MA QOC focal points from 10 East and Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Fiji, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam). The workshop provided an opportunity for our Member Associations to discuss, learn and share QoC related issues & promising practices in development and humanitarian settings. This included IPPF QoC framework & Quality Assurance System, QoC in humanitarian settings, QoC for Digital Health Interventions, the Virtual Quality Assessment (VQA) Tool Consultation with MAs and introduction to IPPF New Strategic Framework - Centre Care on People & measuring key expected results (IPES plus and Net Promotor Score) which will further support MAs to implement their 3-year Business Plan (2023-2025). Dr. Nathalie Kapp facilitated the online session on the recently released IPPF Client-Centered Clinical Guidelines (2022) and Peter Mutanda has also shared WISH QoC experience & Adverse Event Reporting and Learning (AERL) in Africa MAs. Tigest Tamrat, Technical Officer (WHO Geneva) introduced WHO SMART guideline/Digital Adaptation Kits for digitizing SRH care in this workshop. During the workshop, the participants also visited RHAC clinic at Phnom Penh and pilot-tested the VQA tool. The regional workshop was jointly organized in collaboration with Humanitarian/SPRINT and the RESPOND.     

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| 04 October 2022

IPPF-ESEAOR TO HOST FP2030 ASIA-PACIFIC HUB

IPPF-ESEAOR will serve as the host of FP2030 Asia Pacific Regional Hub starting this year. This is the fourth FP2030 Regional Hub, preceded by the North America and Europe Hub in Washington DC, the East and Southern Africa Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, and the North, West and Central Africa Hub in Abuja, Nigeria. This is part of the ongoing transition of FP2030 - from a single secretariat office in the United States and now to a global support structure and presence. Both FP2030 and IPPF, a pioneering commitment-maker of then FP2020, are delighted to see these hubs come onboard and begin building their staffs and regional networks. Given its deep connections in the Asia Pacific region, IPPF ESEAOR was chosen by a selection committee composed of regionally diverse multi-sectoral stakeholders reporting to the FP2030 Governing Board. The strategic location of IPPF ESEAOR will be a great advantage to enable the new hub to serve partners across the region, and deliver strategic and timely support to countries related to commitments, localization, accountability, and expansion of the family planning movement in Asia Pacific, due to their expertise and longstanding partnerships. “Thanks to our member associations across Asia and the Pacific, we’ve been active for 70 years,” said Kate Gilmore, Chair, Board of Trustees, IPPF. “On behalf of IPPF globally, we are honored and privileged to host the FP2030 Asia the Pacific Hub. “Our vision for this partnership is to bring the spotlight back to how important and crucial having access to information and contraceptives is for women,” added Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director for IPPF ESEAOR. Launching the Asia and the Pacific Hub is a critical next step in building the FP2030 Global Support Network, a structure designed to ensure greater support, collaboration and country-led direction to the partnership. The new FP2030 partnership is the result of careful work planning and consultation with stakeholders all over the world. “We’re keeping the best of FP2020 — the convening power of the partnership, the collaborative platforms, the dedication to high-quality data and evidence, the unswerving commitment to the rights and needs of women and girls — while embracing changes that emphasize country leadership, inclusion, equity, transparency, and mutual accountability,” said Dr. Samukeliso Dube, FP2030 Executive Director.   Watch the video message here

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| 26 September 2022

IPPF-ESEAOR TO HOST FP2030 ASIA-PACIFIC HUB

IPPF-ESEAOR will serve as the host of FP2030 Asia Pacific Regional Hub starting this year. This is the fourth FP2030 Regional Hub, preceded by the North America and Europe Hub in Washington DC, the East and Southern Africa Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, and the North, West and Central Africa Hub in Abuja, Nigeria. This is part of the ongoing transition of FP2030 - from a single secretariat office in the United States and now to a global support structure and presence. Both FP2030 and IPPF, a pioneering commitment-maker of then FP2020, are delighted to see these hubs come onboard and begin building their staffs and regional networks. Given its deep connections in the Asia Pacific region, IPPF ESEAOR was chosen by a selection committee composed of regionally diverse multi-sectoral stakeholders reporting to the FP2030 Governing Board. The strategic location of IPPF ESEAOR will be a great advantage to enable the new hub to serve partners across the region, and deliver strategic and timely support to countries related to commitments, localization, accountability, and expansion of the family planning movement in Asia Pacific, due to their expertise and longstanding partnerships. “Thanks to our member associations across Asia and the Pacific, we’ve been active for 70 years,” said Kate Gilmore, Chair, Board of Trustees, IPPF. “On behalf of IPPF globally, we are honored and privileged to host the FP2030 Asia the Pacific Hub. “Our vision for this partnership is to bring the spotlight back to how important and crucial having access to information and contraceptives is for women,” added Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director for IPPF ESEAOR. Launching the Asia and the Pacific Hub is a critical next step in building the FP2030 Global Support Network, a structure designed to ensure greater support, collaboration and country-led direction to the partnership. The new FP2030 partnership is the result of careful work planning and consultation with stakeholders all over the world. “We’re keeping the best of FP2020 — the convening power of the partnership, the collaborative platforms, the dedication to high-quality data and evidence, the unswerving commitment to the rights and needs of women and girls — while embracing changes that emphasize country leadership, inclusion, equity, transparency, and mutual accountability,” said Dr. Samukeliso Dube, FP2030 Executive Director.   Watch the video message here

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| 23 August 2022

IPPF Data Management Strategy Training for Asia Regions

The Monitoring and Evaluation programme focal points from IPPF London Office, Regional Office secretariats from ESEAOR and SARO, and Member Associations (Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) came together in Kuala Lumpur last week for a 5-days IPPF Data Management Strategy Training. IPPF’s Data Management Strategy serves as a statement of principles for data management across the Federation, and a guide to action. The strategy describes how data should be governed, how the data quality can be improved and maintained, how the data can be accessed and used so that we maximize its potential value to all users, while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality and security. The strategy starts from an overall vision for data management within IPPF. The values that underpin this vision and which align with IPPF’s own values as a Federation where quality data is a critical asset that drives decision making and learning to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Overall, the strategy will be a call to action for everyone in IPPF and a guide for our plans moving forward. Through this training, IPPF’s Regional Offices and Member Associations are expected to articulate the relevance of IPPF Data Management Strategy Data Management Strategy and Implementation Plan) in their own organisational context, develop a realistic, time-bound, practical action plan to implement the DMS and align with the new Strategic Framework and the Results Framework. Thanks to The Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM) and its Negeri Sembilan State MA, the participants got a chance to visit the clinics, met with the Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) president, volunteers & staff and learn the clinic data management practice there during the training. The participants also visited the Kuala Lumpur Regional Office on the last day of training.

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| 23 August 2022

IPPF Data Management Strategy Training for Asia Regions

The Monitoring and Evaluation programme focal points from IPPF London Office, Regional Office secretariats from ESEAOR and SARO, and Member Associations (Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) came together in Kuala Lumpur last week for a 5-days IPPF Data Management Strategy Training. IPPF’s Data Management Strategy serves as a statement of principles for data management across the Federation, and a guide to action. The strategy describes how data should be governed, how the data quality can be improved and maintained, how the data can be accessed and used so that we maximize its potential value to all users, while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality and security. The strategy starts from an overall vision for data management within IPPF. The values that underpin this vision and which align with IPPF’s own values as a Federation where quality data is a critical asset that drives decision making and learning to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Overall, the strategy will be a call to action for everyone in IPPF and a guide for our plans moving forward. Through this training, IPPF’s Regional Offices and Member Associations are expected to articulate the relevance of IPPF Data Management Strategy Data Management Strategy and Implementation Plan) in their own organisational context, develop a realistic, time-bound, practical action plan to implement the DMS and align with the new Strategic Framework and the Results Framework. Thanks to The Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM) and its Negeri Sembilan State MA, the participants got a chance to visit the clinics, met with the Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) president, volunteers & staff and learn the clinic data management practice there during the training. The participants also visited the Kuala Lumpur Regional Office on the last day of training.

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| 22 August 2022

Vanuatu Youth Training on Family Life Education

17 young people from various communities around Port Vila in Vanuatu are currently doing their second part of capacity and facilitation training under the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) Pacific Transformative Agenda programme on Family Life Education curriculum for out-of-school youth. Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) through International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been able to support the rollout of this important training in Port Vila, Santo and Tanna. Lynold Aru Youth Coordinator for VFHA who has been coordinating the programme is excited to equip young people with basic sexual reproductive health information to better share and disseminate information to their peers and community members. He says that in addition to information dissemination the youth advocates received basic skills to promote referrals for youth to VFHA clinic, we take pride in confidentiality and youth friendly services at VFHA, and we find that young people are confident to access our services, a standard referral card system is also used by youth advocates, so referrals are processed quickly and acknowledged as coming from our youth network. The VFHA youth and comprehensive sexuality education team will also conduct similar training to its youth advocate networks in Tanna and Santo over the coming week as part of strengthening the youth advocates network and commitment to regular mentoring, monitoring but importantly having youth at the centre of its programmes. The team is being support by Jack Martin programme officer for youth and CSE from the IPPF Sub Regional office for the Pacific who will also be supporting the team in Tanna and Santo over the next week.  Jack said the overall UNFPA Transformative Agenda programme is a result of the strong inputs and commitments made by the Vanuatu Government through Ministry of Health and Medical services and its national and regional stakeholders to support reduction of teenage pregnancy and related reproductive health issues for young people in Vanuatu, without Government support this would not be possible. He further acknowledges the ongoing support and commitment of the Australia Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for supporting the project in Vanuatu and across the Pacific region.

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| 22 August 2022

Vanuatu Youth Training on Family Life Education

17 young people from various communities around Port Vila in Vanuatu are currently doing their second part of capacity and facilitation training under the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) Pacific Transformative Agenda programme on Family Life Education curriculum for out-of-school youth. Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) through International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been able to support the rollout of this important training in Port Vila, Santo and Tanna. Lynold Aru Youth Coordinator for VFHA who has been coordinating the programme is excited to equip young people with basic sexual reproductive health information to better share and disseminate information to their peers and community members. He says that in addition to information dissemination the youth advocates received basic skills to promote referrals for youth to VFHA clinic, we take pride in confidentiality and youth friendly services at VFHA, and we find that young people are confident to access our services, a standard referral card system is also used by youth advocates, so referrals are processed quickly and acknowledged as coming from our youth network. The VFHA youth and comprehensive sexuality education team will also conduct similar training to its youth advocate networks in Tanna and Santo over the coming week as part of strengthening the youth advocates network and commitment to regular mentoring, monitoring but importantly having youth at the centre of its programmes. The team is being support by Jack Martin programme officer for youth and CSE from the IPPF Sub Regional office for the Pacific who will also be supporting the team in Tanna and Santo over the next week.  Jack said the overall UNFPA Transformative Agenda programme is a result of the strong inputs and commitments made by the Vanuatu Government through Ministry of Health and Medical services and its national and regional stakeholders to support reduction of teenage pregnancy and related reproductive health issues for young people in Vanuatu, without Government support this would not be possible. He further acknowledges the ongoing support and commitment of the Australia Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for supporting the project in Vanuatu and across the Pacific region.

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| 19 July 2022

Tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, father of Global Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

We are speechless, angry and profoundly saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was brutally gunned down while delivering a public speech in support of his party’s candidate for the forthcoming Japanese election. The assassination of Mr Abe represents a shocking and cowardly act of violence that threatens the core values of humanity which he spent his entire life defending. Our thoughts go to his wife Akie and the people of Japan at this extraordinarily challenging time. During the Tokyo UHC Summit held in December 2017, IPPF delivered a message to Mr Abe saying, "Just as your grandfather was the father of UHC in Japan, we hope that you will continue to lead global UHC and be the father of global UHC". Mr Abe responded to IPPF’s message with passion and energy. He put UHC promotion at the heart of Japan's Global Health Diplomacy Strategy and became a genuine global leader in UHC, becoming an example for other world leaders. He also held the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo with the aim of building a 'society where women would shine' in Japan and worked tirelessly to promote the empowerment of women. Through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) 5 to 7, Mr Abe created global momentum for improved development cooperation in Africa. Dr Alvaro Bermeo, IPPF’s Director General, notes: "IPPF will continue to honour the work of former Prime Minister Abe and advance his commitment to universal health coverage that includes comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. May he rest in peace." Ms Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of IPPF East, South-East Asia and Oceania Regional Office, recalls: 'I will never forget the way former Prime Minister Abe spoke with enthusiasm about the realisation of a society where women would shine at the WAW! We still have a long way to go to realise women's empowerment in Japan and around the world, but we will continue to build on the foundation of Mr Abe's efforts." Main photo by  Roméo A. on Unsplash 

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| 11 July 2022

Tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, father of Global Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

We are speechless, angry and profoundly saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was brutally gunned down while delivering a public speech in support of his party’s candidate for the forthcoming Japanese election. The assassination of Mr Abe represents a shocking and cowardly act of violence that threatens the core values of humanity which he spent his entire life defending. Our thoughts go to his wife Akie and the people of Japan at this extraordinarily challenging time. During the Tokyo UHC Summit held in December 2017, IPPF delivered a message to Mr Abe saying, "Just as your grandfather was the father of UHC in Japan, we hope that you will continue to lead global UHC and be the father of global UHC". Mr Abe responded to IPPF’s message with passion and energy. He put UHC promotion at the heart of Japan's Global Health Diplomacy Strategy and became a genuine global leader in UHC, becoming an example for other world leaders. He also held the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo with the aim of building a 'society where women would shine' in Japan and worked tirelessly to promote the empowerment of women. Through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) 5 to 7, Mr Abe created global momentum for improved development cooperation in Africa. Dr Alvaro Bermeo, IPPF’s Director General, notes: "IPPF will continue to honour the work of former Prime Minister Abe and advance his commitment to universal health coverage that includes comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. May he rest in peace." Ms Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of IPPF East, South-East Asia and Oceania Regional Office, recalls: 'I will never forget the way former Prime Minister Abe spoke with enthusiasm about the realisation of a society where women would shine at the WAW! We still have a long way to go to realise women's empowerment in Japan and around the world, but we will continue to build on the foundation of Mr Abe's efforts." Main photo by  Roméo A. on Unsplash 

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| 28 June 2022

Second Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference (APREMC-II)

IPPF ESEAOR and Family Planning New South Wales (FP NSW) were present at APREMC-II, which took place in-person in Bangkok from 5th to 7th June 2022. This Conference’s theme was ‘Education Recovery and Transformation towards more Responsive, Relevant and Resilient Education Systems: Accelerating progress towards SDG 4-Education 2030’.  The Conference served as a platform for education stakeholders to share successful and innovative education initiatives, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities to accelerate learning for all children and youth, especially for the most vulnerable.  Many education stakeholders highlighted that while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the region with untoward challenges, it has notably exacerbated a pre-existing learning crisis in Asia Pacific. These substantial learning losses and worsening access to education have led to significant setbacks that jeopardize the region’s prospects for collectively achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.  Some highlights of our work:  IPPF ESEAOR co-hosted a side event titled “Building Inclusive, Resilient, Gender Equal Societies through Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)” along with UNFPA Asia Pacific and UNESCO.  We, alongside CSO partner ARROW, used the opportunity during technical sessions to highlight:   CSE is an early intervention strategy to address gender inequality, gender-based violence, early and unintended pregnancies, and the spread of STIs.  Recognize that the provision of CSE is integral to improving the health and rights of adolescents and youth; and realizing gender equality and sustainable development.  Transformative education should include a multisectoral approach – education and health sector, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders.  Infrastructure needs to be prepared for learners, e.g., sufficient water, sanitation and menstrual health facilities and services in schools and integrate menstrual health into school curricula and ensure that teacher training incorporates menstrual health into comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).  Family Planning NSW, as part of the youth cohort speaking at the closing ceremony, emphasized the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.  The outcome document - Bangkok Statement 2022 - comprises a series of priority actions and recommendations while acknowledging the region’s extensive diversity and need for contextual approaches to learning in Asia Pacific. The Statement sets out two ‘priority actions’: 1) Safe School Reopening, Learning Recovery and Continuity of Learning; and 2) Transforming Education and Education Systems.  The Bangkok Statement will be shared at the Transforming Education Pre-Summit held on the 28th to 30th June in Paris, France, and the SDG4 Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee meeting in July 2022. Continued advocacy for CSE and SRHR will be pivotal for the global Transforming Education Summit (TES) during the United Nations General Assembly in September, generating tangible actions and partnerships to transform education systems for all learners.  

APREMC-II
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| 03 June 2022

Second Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference (APREMC-II)

IPPF ESEAOR and Family Planning New South Wales (FP NSW) were present at APREMC-II, which took place in-person in Bangkok from 5th to 7th June 2022. This Conference’s theme was ‘Education Recovery and Transformation towards more Responsive, Relevant and Resilient Education Systems: Accelerating progress towards SDG 4-Education 2030’.  The Conference served as a platform for education stakeholders to share successful and innovative education initiatives, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities to accelerate learning for all children and youth, especially for the most vulnerable.  Many education stakeholders highlighted that while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the region with untoward challenges, it has notably exacerbated a pre-existing learning crisis in Asia Pacific. These substantial learning losses and worsening access to education have led to significant setbacks that jeopardize the region’s prospects for collectively achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.  Some highlights of our work:  IPPF ESEAOR co-hosted a side event titled “Building Inclusive, Resilient, Gender Equal Societies through Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)” along with UNFPA Asia Pacific and UNESCO.  We, alongside CSO partner ARROW, used the opportunity during technical sessions to highlight:   CSE is an early intervention strategy to address gender inequality, gender-based violence, early and unintended pregnancies, and the spread of STIs.  Recognize that the provision of CSE is integral to improving the health and rights of adolescents and youth; and realizing gender equality and sustainable development.  Transformative education should include a multisectoral approach – education and health sector, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders.  Infrastructure needs to be prepared for learners, e.g., sufficient water, sanitation and menstrual health facilities and services in schools and integrate menstrual health into school curricula and ensure that teacher training incorporates menstrual health into comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).  Family Planning NSW, as part of the youth cohort speaking at the closing ceremony, emphasized the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.  The outcome document - Bangkok Statement 2022 - comprises a series of priority actions and recommendations while acknowledging the region’s extensive diversity and need for contextual approaches to learning in Asia Pacific. The Statement sets out two ‘priority actions’: 1) Safe School Reopening, Learning Recovery and Continuity of Learning; and 2) Transforming Education and Education Systems.  The Bangkok Statement will be shared at the Transforming Education Pre-Summit held on the 28th to 30th June in Paris, France, and the SDG4 Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee meeting in July 2022. Continued advocacy for CSE and SRHR will be pivotal for the global Transforming Education Summit (TES) during the United Nations General Assembly in September, generating tangible actions and partnerships to transform education systems for all learners.  

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| 27 October 2022

Regional Quality of Care Workshop in Cambodia

IPPF ESEAOR Regional Director, Tomoko Fukuda emphasized on the importance of person-centered care in the delivery of SRH services and lauded RHAC's leadership for hosting a 5- day regional workshop on Quality-of-Care (QoC) last week at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was attended by 22 MA QOC focal points from 10 East and Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Fiji, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam). The workshop provided an opportunity for our Member Associations to discuss, learn and share QoC related issues & promising practices in development and humanitarian settings. This included IPPF QoC framework & Quality Assurance System, QoC in humanitarian settings, QoC for Digital Health Interventions, the Virtual Quality Assessment (VQA) Tool Consultation with MAs and introduction to IPPF New Strategic Framework - Centre Care on People & measuring key expected results (IPES plus and Net Promotor Score) which will further support MAs to implement their 3-year Business Plan (2023-2025). Dr. Nathalie Kapp facilitated the online session on the recently released IPPF Client-Centered Clinical Guidelines (2022) and Peter Mutanda has also shared WISH QoC experience & Adverse Event Reporting and Learning (AERL) in Africa MAs. Tigest Tamrat, Technical Officer (WHO Geneva) introduced WHO SMART guideline/Digital Adaptation Kits for digitizing SRH care in this workshop. During the workshop, the participants also visited RHAC clinic at Phnom Penh and pilot-tested the VQA tool. The regional workshop was jointly organized in collaboration with Humanitarian/SPRINT and the RESPOND.     

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| 27 October 2022

Regional Quality of Care Workshop in Cambodia

IPPF ESEAOR Regional Director, Tomoko Fukuda emphasized on the importance of person-centered care in the delivery of SRH services and lauded RHAC's leadership for hosting a 5- day regional workshop on Quality-of-Care (QoC) last week at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was attended by 22 MA QOC focal points from 10 East and Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Fiji, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam). The workshop provided an opportunity for our Member Associations to discuss, learn and share QoC related issues & promising practices in development and humanitarian settings. This included IPPF QoC framework & Quality Assurance System, QoC in humanitarian settings, QoC for Digital Health Interventions, the Virtual Quality Assessment (VQA) Tool Consultation with MAs and introduction to IPPF New Strategic Framework - Centre Care on People & measuring key expected results (IPES plus and Net Promotor Score) which will further support MAs to implement their 3-year Business Plan (2023-2025). Dr. Nathalie Kapp facilitated the online session on the recently released IPPF Client-Centered Clinical Guidelines (2022) and Peter Mutanda has also shared WISH QoC experience & Adverse Event Reporting and Learning (AERL) in Africa MAs. Tigest Tamrat, Technical Officer (WHO Geneva) introduced WHO SMART guideline/Digital Adaptation Kits for digitizing SRH care in this workshop. During the workshop, the participants also visited RHAC clinic at Phnom Penh and pilot-tested the VQA tool. The regional workshop was jointly organized in collaboration with Humanitarian/SPRINT and the RESPOND.     

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| 04 October 2022

IPPF-ESEAOR TO HOST FP2030 ASIA-PACIFIC HUB

IPPF-ESEAOR will serve as the host of FP2030 Asia Pacific Regional Hub starting this year. This is the fourth FP2030 Regional Hub, preceded by the North America and Europe Hub in Washington DC, the East and Southern Africa Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, and the North, West and Central Africa Hub in Abuja, Nigeria. This is part of the ongoing transition of FP2030 - from a single secretariat office in the United States and now to a global support structure and presence. Both FP2030 and IPPF, a pioneering commitment-maker of then FP2020, are delighted to see these hubs come onboard and begin building their staffs and regional networks. Given its deep connections in the Asia Pacific region, IPPF ESEAOR was chosen by a selection committee composed of regionally diverse multi-sectoral stakeholders reporting to the FP2030 Governing Board. The strategic location of IPPF ESEAOR will be a great advantage to enable the new hub to serve partners across the region, and deliver strategic and timely support to countries related to commitments, localization, accountability, and expansion of the family planning movement in Asia Pacific, due to their expertise and longstanding partnerships. “Thanks to our member associations across Asia and the Pacific, we’ve been active for 70 years,” said Kate Gilmore, Chair, Board of Trustees, IPPF. “On behalf of IPPF globally, we are honored and privileged to host the FP2030 Asia the Pacific Hub. “Our vision for this partnership is to bring the spotlight back to how important and crucial having access to information and contraceptives is for women,” added Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director for IPPF ESEAOR. Launching the Asia and the Pacific Hub is a critical next step in building the FP2030 Global Support Network, a structure designed to ensure greater support, collaboration and country-led direction to the partnership. The new FP2030 partnership is the result of careful work planning and consultation with stakeholders all over the world. “We’re keeping the best of FP2020 — the convening power of the partnership, the collaborative platforms, the dedication to high-quality data and evidence, the unswerving commitment to the rights and needs of women and girls — while embracing changes that emphasize country leadership, inclusion, equity, transparency, and mutual accountability,” said Dr. Samukeliso Dube, FP2030 Executive Director.   Watch the video message here

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| 26 September 2022

IPPF-ESEAOR TO HOST FP2030 ASIA-PACIFIC HUB

IPPF-ESEAOR will serve as the host of FP2030 Asia Pacific Regional Hub starting this year. This is the fourth FP2030 Regional Hub, preceded by the North America and Europe Hub in Washington DC, the East and Southern Africa Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, and the North, West and Central Africa Hub in Abuja, Nigeria. This is part of the ongoing transition of FP2030 - from a single secretariat office in the United States and now to a global support structure and presence. Both FP2030 and IPPF, a pioneering commitment-maker of then FP2020, are delighted to see these hubs come onboard and begin building their staffs and regional networks. Given its deep connections in the Asia Pacific region, IPPF ESEAOR was chosen by a selection committee composed of regionally diverse multi-sectoral stakeholders reporting to the FP2030 Governing Board. The strategic location of IPPF ESEAOR will be a great advantage to enable the new hub to serve partners across the region, and deliver strategic and timely support to countries related to commitments, localization, accountability, and expansion of the family planning movement in Asia Pacific, due to their expertise and longstanding partnerships. “Thanks to our member associations across Asia and the Pacific, we’ve been active for 70 years,” said Kate Gilmore, Chair, Board of Trustees, IPPF. “On behalf of IPPF globally, we are honored and privileged to host the FP2030 Asia the Pacific Hub. “Our vision for this partnership is to bring the spotlight back to how important and crucial having access to information and contraceptives is for women,” added Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director for IPPF ESEAOR. Launching the Asia and the Pacific Hub is a critical next step in building the FP2030 Global Support Network, a structure designed to ensure greater support, collaboration and country-led direction to the partnership. The new FP2030 partnership is the result of careful work planning and consultation with stakeholders all over the world. “We’re keeping the best of FP2020 — the convening power of the partnership, the collaborative platforms, the dedication to high-quality data and evidence, the unswerving commitment to the rights and needs of women and girls — while embracing changes that emphasize country leadership, inclusion, equity, transparency, and mutual accountability,” said Dr. Samukeliso Dube, FP2030 Executive Director.   Watch the video message here

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| 23 August 2022

IPPF Data Management Strategy Training for Asia Regions

The Monitoring and Evaluation programme focal points from IPPF London Office, Regional Office secretariats from ESEAOR and SARO, and Member Associations (Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) came together in Kuala Lumpur last week for a 5-days IPPF Data Management Strategy Training. IPPF’s Data Management Strategy serves as a statement of principles for data management across the Federation, and a guide to action. The strategy describes how data should be governed, how the data quality can be improved and maintained, how the data can be accessed and used so that we maximize its potential value to all users, while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality and security. The strategy starts from an overall vision for data management within IPPF. The values that underpin this vision and which align with IPPF’s own values as a Federation where quality data is a critical asset that drives decision making and learning to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Overall, the strategy will be a call to action for everyone in IPPF and a guide for our plans moving forward. Through this training, IPPF’s Regional Offices and Member Associations are expected to articulate the relevance of IPPF Data Management Strategy Data Management Strategy and Implementation Plan) in their own organisational context, develop a realistic, time-bound, practical action plan to implement the DMS and align with the new Strategic Framework and the Results Framework. Thanks to The Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM) and its Negeri Sembilan State MA, the participants got a chance to visit the clinics, met with the Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) president, volunteers & staff and learn the clinic data management practice there during the training. The participants also visited the Kuala Lumpur Regional Office on the last day of training.

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| 23 August 2022

IPPF Data Management Strategy Training for Asia Regions

The Monitoring and Evaluation programme focal points from IPPF London Office, Regional Office secretariats from ESEAOR and SARO, and Member Associations (Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) came together in Kuala Lumpur last week for a 5-days IPPF Data Management Strategy Training. IPPF’s Data Management Strategy serves as a statement of principles for data management across the Federation, and a guide to action. The strategy describes how data should be governed, how the data quality can be improved and maintained, how the data can be accessed and used so that we maximize its potential value to all users, while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality and security. The strategy starts from an overall vision for data management within IPPF. The values that underpin this vision and which align with IPPF’s own values as a Federation where quality data is a critical asset that drives decision making and learning to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Overall, the strategy will be a call to action for everyone in IPPF and a guide for our plans moving forward. Through this training, IPPF’s Regional Offices and Member Associations are expected to articulate the relevance of IPPF Data Management Strategy Data Management Strategy and Implementation Plan) in their own organisational context, develop a realistic, time-bound, practical action plan to implement the DMS and align with the new Strategic Framework and the Results Framework. Thanks to The Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM) and its Negeri Sembilan State MA, the participants got a chance to visit the clinics, met with the Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) president, volunteers & staff and learn the clinic data management practice there during the training. The participants also visited the Kuala Lumpur Regional Office on the last day of training.

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| 22 August 2022

Vanuatu Youth Training on Family Life Education

17 young people from various communities around Port Vila in Vanuatu are currently doing their second part of capacity and facilitation training under the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) Pacific Transformative Agenda programme on Family Life Education curriculum for out-of-school youth. Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) through International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been able to support the rollout of this important training in Port Vila, Santo and Tanna. Lynold Aru Youth Coordinator for VFHA who has been coordinating the programme is excited to equip young people with basic sexual reproductive health information to better share and disseminate information to their peers and community members. He says that in addition to information dissemination the youth advocates received basic skills to promote referrals for youth to VFHA clinic, we take pride in confidentiality and youth friendly services at VFHA, and we find that young people are confident to access our services, a standard referral card system is also used by youth advocates, so referrals are processed quickly and acknowledged as coming from our youth network. The VFHA youth and comprehensive sexuality education team will also conduct similar training to its youth advocate networks in Tanna and Santo over the coming week as part of strengthening the youth advocates network and commitment to regular mentoring, monitoring but importantly having youth at the centre of its programmes. The team is being support by Jack Martin programme officer for youth and CSE from the IPPF Sub Regional office for the Pacific who will also be supporting the team in Tanna and Santo over the next week.  Jack said the overall UNFPA Transformative Agenda programme is a result of the strong inputs and commitments made by the Vanuatu Government through Ministry of Health and Medical services and its national and regional stakeholders to support reduction of teenage pregnancy and related reproductive health issues for young people in Vanuatu, without Government support this would not be possible. He further acknowledges the ongoing support and commitment of the Australia Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for supporting the project in Vanuatu and across the Pacific region.

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| 22 August 2022

Vanuatu Youth Training on Family Life Education

17 young people from various communities around Port Vila in Vanuatu are currently doing their second part of capacity and facilitation training under the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) Pacific Transformative Agenda programme on Family Life Education curriculum for out-of-school youth. Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) through International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been able to support the rollout of this important training in Port Vila, Santo and Tanna. Lynold Aru Youth Coordinator for VFHA who has been coordinating the programme is excited to equip young people with basic sexual reproductive health information to better share and disseminate information to their peers and community members. He says that in addition to information dissemination the youth advocates received basic skills to promote referrals for youth to VFHA clinic, we take pride in confidentiality and youth friendly services at VFHA, and we find that young people are confident to access our services, a standard referral card system is also used by youth advocates, so referrals are processed quickly and acknowledged as coming from our youth network. The VFHA youth and comprehensive sexuality education team will also conduct similar training to its youth advocate networks in Tanna and Santo over the coming week as part of strengthening the youth advocates network and commitment to regular mentoring, monitoring but importantly having youth at the centre of its programmes. The team is being support by Jack Martin programme officer for youth and CSE from the IPPF Sub Regional office for the Pacific who will also be supporting the team in Tanna and Santo over the next week.  Jack said the overall UNFPA Transformative Agenda programme is a result of the strong inputs and commitments made by the Vanuatu Government through Ministry of Health and Medical services and its national and regional stakeholders to support reduction of teenage pregnancy and related reproductive health issues for young people in Vanuatu, without Government support this would not be possible. He further acknowledges the ongoing support and commitment of the Australia Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for supporting the project in Vanuatu and across the Pacific region.

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| 19 July 2022

Tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, father of Global Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

We are speechless, angry and profoundly saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was brutally gunned down while delivering a public speech in support of his party’s candidate for the forthcoming Japanese election. The assassination of Mr Abe represents a shocking and cowardly act of violence that threatens the core values of humanity which he spent his entire life defending. Our thoughts go to his wife Akie and the people of Japan at this extraordinarily challenging time. During the Tokyo UHC Summit held in December 2017, IPPF delivered a message to Mr Abe saying, "Just as your grandfather was the father of UHC in Japan, we hope that you will continue to lead global UHC and be the father of global UHC". Mr Abe responded to IPPF’s message with passion and energy. He put UHC promotion at the heart of Japan's Global Health Diplomacy Strategy and became a genuine global leader in UHC, becoming an example for other world leaders. He also held the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo with the aim of building a 'society where women would shine' in Japan and worked tirelessly to promote the empowerment of women. Through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) 5 to 7, Mr Abe created global momentum for improved development cooperation in Africa. Dr Alvaro Bermeo, IPPF’s Director General, notes: "IPPF will continue to honour the work of former Prime Minister Abe and advance his commitment to universal health coverage that includes comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. May he rest in peace." Ms Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of IPPF East, South-East Asia and Oceania Regional Office, recalls: 'I will never forget the way former Prime Minister Abe spoke with enthusiasm about the realisation of a society where women would shine at the WAW! We still have a long way to go to realise women's empowerment in Japan and around the world, but we will continue to build on the foundation of Mr Abe's efforts." Main photo by  Roméo A. on Unsplash 

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| 11 July 2022

Tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, father of Global Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

We are speechless, angry and profoundly saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was brutally gunned down while delivering a public speech in support of his party’s candidate for the forthcoming Japanese election. The assassination of Mr Abe represents a shocking and cowardly act of violence that threatens the core values of humanity which he spent his entire life defending. Our thoughts go to his wife Akie and the people of Japan at this extraordinarily challenging time. During the Tokyo UHC Summit held in December 2017, IPPF delivered a message to Mr Abe saying, "Just as your grandfather was the father of UHC in Japan, we hope that you will continue to lead global UHC and be the father of global UHC". Mr Abe responded to IPPF’s message with passion and energy. He put UHC promotion at the heart of Japan's Global Health Diplomacy Strategy and became a genuine global leader in UHC, becoming an example for other world leaders. He also held the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo with the aim of building a 'society where women would shine' in Japan and worked tirelessly to promote the empowerment of women. Through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) 5 to 7, Mr Abe created global momentum for improved development cooperation in Africa. Dr Alvaro Bermeo, IPPF’s Director General, notes: "IPPF will continue to honour the work of former Prime Minister Abe and advance his commitment to universal health coverage that includes comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. May he rest in peace." Ms Tomoko Fukuda, Regional Director of IPPF East, South-East Asia and Oceania Regional Office, recalls: 'I will never forget the way former Prime Minister Abe spoke with enthusiasm about the realisation of a society where women would shine at the WAW! We still have a long way to go to realise women's empowerment in Japan and around the world, but we will continue to build on the foundation of Mr Abe's efforts." Main photo by  Roméo A. on Unsplash 

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| 28 June 2022

Second Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference (APREMC-II)

IPPF ESEAOR and Family Planning New South Wales (FP NSW) were present at APREMC-II, which took place in-person in Bangkok from 5th to 7th June 2022. This Conference’s theme was ‘Education Recovery and Transformation towards more Responsive, Relevant and Resilient Education Systems: Accelerating progress towards SDG 4-Education 2030’.  The Conference served as a platform for education stakeholders to share successful and innovative education initiatives, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities to accelerate learning for all children and youth, especially for the most vulnerable.  Many education stakeholders highlighted that while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the region with untoward challenges, it has notably exacerbated a pre-existing learning crisis in Asia Pacific. These substantial learning losses and worsening access to education have led to significant setbacks that jeopardize the region’s prospects for collectively achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.  Some highlights of our work:  IPPF ESEAOR co-hosted a side event titled “Building Inclusive, Resilient, Gender Equal Societies through Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)” along with UNFPA Asia Pacific and UNESCO.  We, alongside CSO partner ARROW, used the opportunity during technical sessions to highlight:   CSE is an early intervention strategy to address gender inequality, gender-based violence, early and unintended pregnancies, and the spread of STIs.  Recognize that the provision of CSE is integral to improving the health and rights of adolescents and youth; and realizing gender equality and sustainable development.  Transformative education should include a multisectoral approach – education and health sector, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders.  Infrastructure needs to be prepared for learners, e.g., sufficient water, sanitation and menstrual health facilities and services in schools and integrate menstrual health into school curricula and ensure that teacher training incorporates menstrual health into comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).  Family Planning NSW, as part of the youth cohort speaking at the closing ceremony, emphasized the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.  The outcome document - Bangkok Statement 2022 - comprises a series of priority actions and recommendations while acknowledging the region’s extensive diversity and need for contextual approaches to learning in Asia Pacific. The Statement sets out two ‘priority actions’: 1) Safe School Reopening, Learning Recovery and Continuity of Learning; and 2) Transforming Education and Education Systems.  The Bangkok Statement will be shared at the Transforming Education Pre-Summit held on the 28th to 30th June in Paris, France, and the SDG4 Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee meeting in July 2022. Continued advocacy for CSE and SRHR will be pivotal for the global Transforming Education Summit (TES) during the United Nations General Assembly in September, generating tangible actions and partnerships to transform education systems for all learners.  

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| 03 June 2022

Second Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference (APREMC-II)

IPPF ESEAOR and Family Planning New South Wales (FP NSW) were present at APREMC-II, which took place in-person in Bangkok from 5th to 7th June 2022. This Conference’s theme was ‘Education Recovery and Transformation towards more Responsive, Relevant and Resilient Education Systems: Accelerating progress towards SDG 4-Education 2030’.  The Conference served as a platform for education stakeholders to share successful and innovative education initiatives, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities to accelerate learning for all children and youth, especially for the most vulnerable.  Many education stakeholders highlighted that while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the region with untoward challenges, it has notably exacerbated a pre-existing learning crisis in Asia Pacific. These substantial learning losses and worsening access to education have led to significant setbacks that jeopardize the region’s prospects for collectively achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.  Some highlights of our work:  IPPF ESEAOR co-hosted a side event titled “Building Inclusive, Resilient, Gender Equal Societies through Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)” along with UNFPA Asia Pacific and UNESCO.  We, alongside CSO partner ARROW, used the opportunity during technical sessions to highlight:   CSE is an early intervention strategy to address gender inequality, gender-based violence, early and unintended pregnancies, and the spread of STIs.  Recognize that the provision of CSE is integral to improving the health and rights of adolescents and youth; and realizing gender equality and sustainable development.  Transformative education should include a multisectoral approach – education and health sector, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders.  Infrastructure needs to be prepared for learners, e.g., sufficient water, sanitation and menstrual health facilities and services in schools and integrate menstrual health into school curricula and ensure that teacher training incorporates menstrual health into comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).  Family Planning NSW, as part of the youth cohort speaking at the closing ceremony, emphasized the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.  The outcome document - Bangkok Statement 2022 - comprises a series of priority actions and recommendations while acknowledging the region’s extensive diversity and need for contextual approaches to learning in Asia Pacific. The Statement sets out two ‘priority actions’: 1) Safe School Reopening, Learning Recovery and Continuity of Learning; and 2) Transforming Education and Education Systems.  The Bangkok Statement will be shared at the Transforming Education Pre-Summit held on the 28th to 30th June in Paris, France, and the SDG4 Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee meeting in July 2022. Continued advocacy for CSE and SRHR will be pivotal for the global Transforming Education Summit (TES) during the United Nations General Assembly in September, generating tangible actions and partnerships to transform education systems for all learners.