December 2014

APA UPDATE #12 December 2014



Happy Holidays!

The APA Secretariat would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. We look forward to working together in 2015 to help make SRHR for all a reality!


PFI: Robbed of Choice and Dignity: Indian Women Dead after Mass Sterilization

Population Foundation of India (PFI) coordinated a fact-finding team from 4 organizations to Bilaspur, India following the death of 16 women after a sterilization camp. The team surveyed the camp sites, interviewed doctors and support staff involved in service delivery, as well as the women who had been sterilized, and family members of those who had died. A list of recommendations is included in their ‘Robbed of Choice and Dignity: Indian Women Dead after Mass Sterilization’ report. Read the report here.

Burnet: Disappointed over Australian Foreign Aid Cuts

Burnet Institute is profoundly disappointed that the Australian government has announced its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook and the foreign aid budget will be cut by $3.7 billion over the next three years. Burnett believes that this decision lacks compassion for the world’s most needy people. Read more here.

MSIA: CEO Recognized for Work on SRHR in Australia

Maria Deveson Crabbe, CEO of Marie Stopes International Australia (MSIA) was named the Victorian State winner in the Community and Government category at the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She was recognized for her pioneering work in bringing mifepristone to Australia, improving access to safe abortion services for all Australian women. Her strategy of establishing a not-for-profit pharmaceutical entity (MS Health) to register mifepristone has been instrumental in raising Australia’s international standing in sexual and reproductive health care. Read more here.

FP NZ: Kiribati Healthy Families Project

The past year has been a busy one for the Kiribati Healthy Families Project, with significant progress towards improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of I-Kiribati in South Tarawa, including two clinical trainings and one health promotion training, a mobile clinic that served over 1500 clients, and the launch of a new report, Investment in Family Planning in Kiribati: A Cost-Benefit Analysis.


Report from the Asia Pacific Beijing +20 Review

The report form the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review has just been released. Advances were noted in the areas of women’s labor rights, decent work, climate change and sexuality education for young people, however it is disappointing that the rights of women to have control over their bodies and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including SRH and sexual orientation and gender identity, free from coercion, discrimination and violence, were not upheld. Read the report here.

Bangladesh Case Study: Community Health Worker Initiative

The Community Health Worker Initiative of Care Bangladesh is strengthening the health system across the remote and hard-to-reach/ unserved areas of Sunamganj, Bangladesh. It is improving access to essential maternal, neonatal and child health services, through expanding the availability of skilled birth attendants at the community level. Read more here


Modalities for Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015

Member States have reached agreement on the modalities of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, available here. The Coordinating Committee of the Civil Society Platform to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Beyond 2015, of which APA is a member, sent a letter last week to the Co-Chairs to urge for full participation of CSOs in the post-2015 development process. For further information about the Modalities agreement, read more on the NGOs Beyond 2014 website here.

UN Secretary General Synthesis Report on Post-2015

An advanced unedited version of the UN Secretary General Synthesis Report “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet” is available, to support the discussions of Member States. Civil Society can provide input on the Report here. Access the Report here.

FP2020: Rights and Empowerment Principles Released, and 5 New Commitments Made

FP2020 worked with a range of international partners to develop its Rights and Empowerment Principles for Family Planning, which describes 10 dimensions of human rights that are critical to growing sustainable, equitable, and effective programs with lasting impact. At the same time, three additional nations – Burundi, Cameroon and Togo – have made commitments to FP2020, along with The Brush Foundation and EngenderHealth. Read more here

Report on the Global Outlook for Aid

This report provides an overview of global aid allocations up to 2017 based on the results of the 2014 DAC Survey on Donors’ Forward Spending Plans. It highlights a slight increase in expected global aid up to 2017, however it also shows a worrying trend of continued stagnation in programmed aid towards many aid dependent countries. This year’s report also examines aid providers’ policies and procedures to provide a better understanding of the progress and obstacles for improving the predictability of development finance. Read more here.

Rethinking Partnerships in a post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development

This 2014 Reality of Aid Report brings together civil society experience and perspectives on recent trends in partnerships and development cooperation. It points to some essential conditions that may determine the effectiveness of global, regional and country level partnerships in achieving the post2015 SDGs. And it makes a series of recommendations for structuring partnerships that are informed by the Millennium Declaration commitment “to spare no effort to promote respect for all internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms”. Read the report here.

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