20 journalists to attend IPPF sensitization session

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Twenty media practitioners from the print, electronic and online media
will participate in the 8-10 March session being organized by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, to sensitize the media on issues of sexual health and reproductive health.

According to IPPF, the session will enhance the understanding of the participants, to be drawn from across sub-Saharan Africa, on sexual health and reproductive issues.

It said media practitioners had been identified as key players due to their role in information dissemination, the raising of awareness and their mediation ability among different actors on sexual and reproductive health as well as rights related issues.

Quoting a Sept. 2010 review of the sub-Saharan African countries' efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), IPPF said they will miss the 2015 target, especially regarding the health goals, unless there is an extraordinary turn of events.

The Maputo Plan of Action, the result of a partnership involving IPPF Africa Region, the African Union (AU), and UNFPA, which was designed as an accelerator of MDGs 4, 5, and 6, has not achieved the expected results.

In view of this, the Heads of State and Government of the AU, at their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2007, agreed to push the Plan of Action's implementation from 2010 to 2015 so it coincide with the target year for the MDGs.

Following the decision, AU member states and their partners have been urged to prioritize the  the implementation of the Maputo plan of Action.

On its part, IPPF Africa Region has intensified its advocacy efforts towards key stakeholders such as the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Pan African Parliament (PAP), national parliaments and governments, funding agencies, (EU, G8, G20, etc..) for a strong mobilization around the promotion of the objectives of the Maputo Plan of Action.

The sensitization session in Abidjan is part of the efforts, and it is aimed at improving the knowledge of journalists on sexual and reproductive health issues in the development of the African continent.
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05 march 2012 11:18:12

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