Agenda - Round Table on Ensuring Reproductive Rights and Implementing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes Including Women’s Empowerment, Male Involvement and Human Rights.


Sunday, 21 June 1998

17:00 - 19:00 Registration


Day 1: Monday, 22 June

9:00 - 9:15 Purpose and Organization of the Roundtable

Mohamed Nizammudin, Director, Technical and Policy Division, UNFPA

9:15 - 10:30 ICPD: Five years later

Dr. Nicholas Dodd, Chief, Technical Branch, Technical and Policy Division, UNFPA

Discussants: Adrienne Germain, International Women’s Health Coalition, and Karen Newman, IPPF


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

Session 1. Policies for Sexual and Reproductive Health

11:00 - 12:00 Developing a Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy

Dr. Dean Phiri, Director, Reproductive Health Unit, Republic of Zambia

(Presenter will discuss how his country has determined priorities and paid attention to gender issues, including male involvement, what groups have been involved in the design and analysis of policies--health managers, health professionals, NGOs--and how resources are being allocated to implement these policies)


12:00 - 1:00 Welcome Address:
Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director, UNFPA
Dr. Specioza Wandira-Kazibwe, Vice-President of Uganda

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 2:15 Plenary Session. Briefing on the Working Groups

2:00 - 4:30 Working Groups

Initial working groups will identify substantive issues which need to be addressed according to the three aims of the meeting and will develop the agenda for the working groups on days 2 and 3. The working groups will then discuss these issues to reach consensus. Conclusions and recommendations from working groups will be presented to the plenary on Day 4.

4:30 - 5:00 Coffee Break

5:00 - 6:00 Plenary Discussion and Constitution of Working Groups

6:00 Reception


Day 2: Tuesday, 23 June

Session 2. Designing Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

9:00 - 10:30 Quality of health services

Implementing and monitoring feasible standards of care Presenter to be announced

Presenter will discuss programmatic implications to ensure that the quality of care is improved according to feasible standards of care which considers clients needs and user’s perspectives including the role given to counselling in making informed choices. The presentation will examine how quality is monitored and evaluated with new indicators for programme performance.


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 1:30 Scope of health services

Broadening constellation of services within existing systems. Dr. Enamul Karim, Task Manager, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh

Presenter will address aspects of broadening constellation of services within existing systems including management implications of integration: coordination, training, supervision and logistics including how to collect process indicators useful for management decisions

Reducing maternal mortality

Dr. Khama Rogo, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Presenter will introduce the challenge of improving maternal health care services including strengthening/implementing emergency obstetric services including the treatment of abortion-related sepsis. Presenter will also discuss issues related quality of and access to care, post-partum and post-abortion family planning, cost of service delivery and introduction of technologies into existing systems


1:30 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 Working Groups

4:30 - 5:30 Reporting from Working Groups


Day 3: Wednesday, 24 June

9:00 - 10:30 Gender Violence

Female genital mutilation

Mr. J. Chekweko, Reproductive, Education and Community Health Programme, Uganda

Violence against women: the role of the health and education sectors.

Wanda Nowicka, Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

Session 3. Accessibility

11:00 - 1:00 Key Issues in improving access to sexual and reproductive health services:

Linking reproductive health information and services

Diversifying health providers: the participation of the private sector including NGOs and the expansion of social marketing

Maria Isabel Plata, Executive Director, PROFAMILIA, Colombia


1:00 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 Working Groups

4:30 - 5:00 Report from Working Groups


Day 4: Thursday, 25 June

Session 4. Creating Necessary Conditions for Implementing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

9:00 - 11:00 Legislation and regulations

Reproductive health as a human right; gender equality and women’s empowerment (presentation will include male involvement)

Florence Buytegwa, Lawyer, Kampala, Uganda

Legislating and implementing reproductive rights

Barbara Klugman, Women’s Health Project, South Africa


11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 1:00 Working Groups

1:00 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - 3:30 Report from Working Groups

4:00 - 6:00 Final Plenary Session: Key Future Actions

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