October 2010 in Review
In the spotlight
Empty Handed wins Global Media Award
The Population Institute has selected the video Empty Handed as a winner in its 31st annual Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. Produced by PAI with funding from the Coalition’s Innovation Fund, Empty Handed tells the story of women’s lack of access to reproductive health supplies in sub-Saharan Africa, and its impact on their lives. Each year the Institute honours journalists, filmmakers, radio and television show hosts, and editorial cartoonists from around the world who highlight population issues. The awards recognize those who have contributed to greater public awareness of the challenges relating to population and reproductive health.
Entries were evaluated on the basis of accuracy, fairness, clarity of message, and contribution to public debate on population and reproductive health. PAI will receive the Best Film or Miniseries award for Empty Handed at an awards banquet to be held on 2 December in San Francisco. To view the video, please click here.
Coalition on the scene
Country supply profiles now online
This month, the Coalition’s website launched a new section containing detailed supply-related profiles on the Coalition’s focus countries. The three-page profiles provide an overview of the supply context in each country, followed by more in-depth information on commodity financing and the status of the logistics system itself. Quantitative and qualitative information on each country is drawn from Coalition members—many located within the countries themselves. For those wishing to learn more, links on each page offer access to an even wider set of databases and websites, including the latest local news. The first five country profiles are now online (Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Nicaragua) with the remaining nine scheduled for completion by year’s end. To learn more about the country profiles—or to contribute to them, please contact Guillaume Jaskula at the Secretariat.
HANDtoHAND commitments keep rolling in
In the month since the launch of the UN Secretary General's Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health, Coalition members continue committing themselves to reduce unmet need for modern family planning by 100 million women by 2015. This month, the following pledges were received by the Secretariat and forwarded to the UN Secretary General’s office. By 2015:
HANDtoHAND showcased at Countdown 2015 Conference
Countdown 2015 Europe, a consortium of European NGOs working to promote reproductive health services and supplies, showcased the Coalition’s HANDtoHAND Campaign at a meeting of technical experts from European Union member states, the European Commission, UN agencies, and civil society organizations. The meeting, which was organised on 7 October by IPPF's European Network, enabled civil servants and members of civil society to review the implementation of commitments made by heads of state and government at September’s UN MDG Summit in New York. During the meeting, participants addressed the challenges of budget support and the need to make it more effective. They discussed the importance of tracking government funds allocated to achieve MDG 5b, as well as the need for clear indicators to measure progress. Finally, they were provided with information detailing the efficiencies and cost savings that derive from the inclusion of family planning within efforts to improve maternal health. For more information, contact Project Coordinator An Huybrechts.
Coalition welcomes its newest members
This month the Coalition welcomes one new member, bringing its total membership to 126:
Secretariat staff meet and retreat
The Secretariat’s global staff assembled in Brussels for a week of meetings centred on strategic planning and workplan development. Staff from Brussels, Seattle, and Washington, DC convened to brainstorm, plan, and communicate priorities, needs, and successes. Outcomes of the retreat included mapping the Coalition’s extensive communications needs, identifying improved mechanisms for supporting the Working Groups and cross-cutting Forums, and planning for reporting and budgeting within the Coalition’s recently diversified donor base. Secretariat staff were joined by Ms. Lou Compernolle, who will officially come on-board as a Technical Officer in January 2011.
Highlights from the Working Groups
Systems Strengthening Working Group (SSWG)
Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive Health Supplies (CARhs): In October, the CARhs addressed five requests for shipment information from three countries. In addition, they took the following actions:
Contact Kevin Pilz for more information.
Caucus on New and Underused RH Technologies (Caucus)
Quarterly update: The Caucus held its second quarterly teleconference on 12 October, which was attended by 11 members. Participants agreed to review the nine Technical Product Briefs on an annual basis to ensure they are as up-to-date and accurate as possible; this process is now underway. Members also determined who, in addition to the Working Group Liaisons, would attend the November Working Group meetings and identified potential workstreams to be pursued in collaboration with each Working Group. Finally, Caucus members began framing ideas for a panel on new and underused technologies at the Coalition's 2011 annual membership meeting. Minutes of the teleconference can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Bonnie Keith.
For more details on the above and other events, see the events calendar on the Coalition website.