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Reproductive health and HIV services in Africa

3
SEP
2012

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There is a growing acceptance that an integrated approach to HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is essential to improved HIV and SRH outcomes. The Alliance will be sharing its growing experience at the Integration for Impact Conference in Kenya this month.

Following the huge interest from donors and others in the global health community around the London Family Planning Summit held in July, the Integration for Impact conference to be held in Nairobi from 12-14 September is an opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss in detail the progress being made in sub-Saharan Africa – where many countries have a high burden of HIV, an unmet need for family planning, and high child and maternal morbidity/mortality rates.

From the Alliance secretariat, Divya Bajpai, Senior Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Beatrice Mutali, Head of Africa, will be attending the conference.  They will contribute to discussions on the latest research findings and strategies for translating that research into practice.  They will also be presenting two Alliance projects:

  • A poster presentation on the Alliance’s partnership working with Marie Stopes International (MSI), to strengthen its organisational capacity to integrate HIV into SRH services. The Alliance produced a state-of-the-art SRH/HIV integration tool which was piloted and adapted for MSI global partnersto assess the readiness, quality and level of integrating HIV prevention, testing, care and support into their family planning and other SRH services.  Read more about the tool here and download the poster here.
  • An oral presentation on the work the Alliance and its linking organisations in Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia did to implement a 6-month Programme to reduce HIV-related maternal mortality and improve health outcomes, especially mothers living with HIV and their children. The Programme aimed to address both demand and supply arms of the health system. Read more about the programme here.

Representatives from Alliance Linking Organisations from:  Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Sudan and Zambia will also be attending the conference to share their experience of integrating reproductive health and HIV services including:

  • An oral presentation by Lydia Saloucou, Executive Director of IPC in Burkina Faso called: ‘Social map, a tool for planning, implementation and follow up for heath activities in communities’.
  • A poster presentation on ‘Partnerships for PPTCT - linking communities and services to increase universal coverage for hard to reach groups in Senegal’ on behalf of Massogui Thiandoum of ANCS, Senegal. You can read about community-centred delivery of PMTCT in this Alliance report.
  • A poster presentation on ‘Happy, healthy and safe’, an approach for integration of SRHR, HIV and family planning for young people by Chikonde Nkandu of Alliance Zambia. Read more about Alliance Zambia’s work with traditional advisors in this case study.

Divya Bajpai said “The commitments made by donors at the recent Family Planning Summit were welcome and may bring some hope that the situation for women, children and families will be different for future generations.  However, there is more work needed to join up safe family planning and HIV services. 

“We see this conference as an opportunity for civil society organisations who want to increase the impact of their SRH and HIV work with communities and vulnerable people, to connect with ministries of health, other international NGOs, academic institutions, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS, policy experts and donors to see how we can turn those international commitments into action.”

Download the Alliance Good Practice Guide on integrating SRH and HIV services.