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The 10th Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) Conference and Meetings brought together some 50 representatives from NGOs, youth organizations, governments, donors and multilateral agencies active in Asia and the Pacific. Held in Penang, Malaysia, on 5-6 October, the conference theme was “Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for the MDGs: Priorities leading up to 2015 and beyond”. Participants identified key recommendations expressing committed action for key stakeholders to accelerate progress on the MDGs and achieve universal access to SRHR. Read more about the conference, the outcomes and presentations here.
APA warmly welcomes Burnet Institute as the newest member of the alliance. Burnet Institute works at international and regional levels, and with governments, civil society and communities in more than 15 countries. Burnet Institute’s mission is 'to achieve better health for poor and vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally through research, education and public health'. They build capacity and strengthen health services to reduce the impact of major health problems some of which are: reducing the impact and spread of HIV, promoting sexual and reproductive health, and improving the health of children, youth, parents and older people. Read more about Burnet Institute.
Population Action International (PAI, APA member) today announced Roger-Mark De Souza as its new Vice President for Research and Director of the Climate Program. He will lead PAI’s research team in establishing a strong evidence base to support advocacy and engage new allies in the effort to create healthier women and families. Read more.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for at least $750 million to treat some 3.5 million cases of obstetric fistula by 2015 in an effort to cure the debilitating injury caused by obstruction in giving birth. “Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating consequences of neglect during childbirth and a stark example of health inequity in the world,” he says in a report to the General Assembly released 11 October 2010. Read more.
In an extraordinary effort to increase momentum at the highest political levels for improved reproductive health, the Aspen Institute launched the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health on 20 September and issued a call for resolve: Universal Reproductive Health Access by 2015. Chaired by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health is composed of a select group of high level leaders who will mobilize the political will and financial resources necessary to achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015 – a key target of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Read more.
More than a third of all women in the world have been forced into sex, beaten or abused by a partner or family member, says Zou Xiaoqaio, vice-chairwoman of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Xiaoqaio said that sexual violence was increasing around the world despite major campaigns by the UN and other bodies. Read more.
The 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) Claiming Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Asian and Pacific Societies is now open for applications. The conference will feature a Youth Forum on 19 October 2011 and the Conference will be held 20-22 October 2011 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Read more.
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