24th April 2009
A two-day advocacy training will be held August 6-7, 2009 to strengthen capacity of civil society on reproductive health (RH) supplies advocacy in the Asia and Pacific Regions, ahead of the International Congress on AIDS in the Asia and Pacific Regions 2009 (9th ICAAP, August 9-13 2009, Nusa Dua, Bali).
Jointly convened by the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA), its member organization Family Planning International (FPI) New Zealand and the German Foundation for World Population (DSW), this meeting aims to contribute to a supportive political and financial environment for access to RH Supplies in the Asia and Pacific regions by promoting and fostering NGO leadership and strengthening the advocacy capacity of its participants on the issue. The training will be held prior to ICAAP and aims to address the linkages between HIV prevention and SRHR programs and the major role RH supplies can play in this context.
The main objectives are to:
· Increase understanding of the situation, needs and diversity of reproductive health supply challenges in the Asia and Pacific Regions;
· Improve understanding of the linkages between RH supplies and internationally agreed development goals, such as the MDGs, and the role of RH supplies in preventing HIV;
· Strengthen advocacy skills and develop key messages to be used during the 9th ICAAP on meeting the RH targets of the ICPD Programme of Action and the MDGs;
· Provide advocacy tools to strengthen the capacity of NGOs to advocate for increased support for RH supplies;
· Ensure RH supplies solutions are included in the closing summaries of the 9th ICAAP.
APA, FPI and DSW have been raising awareness on the importance of RH supplies through "Project Resource Mobilization and Awareness" (Project RMA). Project RMA is a partnership of the German Foundation for World Population (DSW), Population Action International (PAI) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and aims to create an environment conducive to political support and to secure increased financial resources for reproductive health supplies. With the support of Project RMA, APA and FPI strengthen the advocacy efforts for increased access to RH supplies at the regional level in the Asia Pacific regions.
An application questionnaire including a criteria list and logistical information is available here. Please only apply if you fulfil the criteria in the list. A draft agenda, official training invitation, and additional logistical details will be emailed to you 2 weeks after the application deadline. We hope you will be able to participate in this meeting and look forward to hearing from you soon (Deadline for Application: May 1st 2009).
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