African First Ladies body against HIV/AIDS partners IPPFAR on reproductive health

Lagos, Nigeria(PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Africa Region (IPPFAR) has signed a working agreement with the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) to address reproductive and sexual health, including family planning, prevention of HIV/ AIDS, maternal mortality as well as morbidity on the continent.

A statement from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPFR ), made available to PANA here Thursday, said OAFLA President and Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba  signed the agreement on behalf of the organisation, while Mr Lucien Kouassi Kouakou, Africa Region Director of IPPFAR, signed for his organisation.

“The agreement allows the two organisations to co-operate in identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of joint activities and missions. And they will support each other with technical assistance in areas where each has comparative advantage,” the statement said.

OAFLA also formally joined the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network Africa (RHANA), which is an initiative of IPPFR to strengthen regional Civil Society Organisations' activities on sexual and reproductive health rights.

The objectives of the agreement include advocating for adequate reproductive health services which requires a holistic and multifaceted approach; advocating for strong commitment and determination from African Leaders and African Networks to eradicate poverty, eliminate HIV, promote quality life, ensure equality and social justice for all, and strengthening partnership among the partner states, regional economic communities as well as among NGOs and other development partners.

It will also ensure that Africa’s voice is heard in a policy dialogue which will create the next global development framework.
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13 june 2013 10:07:46

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