Advocacy and Accountability for Commitments Related to Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and Well-being
Advocacy and Accountability for Commitments Related to Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health and Well-being Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Accelerating Ethiopia’s Commitments to the ICPD Programme of Action
On 19 December 2023, the Ministry of Health and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop supported by PMNCH to disseminate the action plan on accelerating the country’s commitments to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. This workshop aimed to review Ethiopia’s progress in implementing the ‘three zeros’ commitment – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal mortality, and zero Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and harmful practices. The event was attended by more than 40 participants from various sectors.
Remarks by Key Stakeholders
During the workshop, Dr. Rahel Belete, CHAI Country Director, Abebe Kebede, Executive Director of Consortium of Reproductive Health Association (CORHA), and Dr. Aweke Tasew, UNFPA Deputy Country Representative, acknowledged the progress made towards ICPD targets. They emphasized the importance of collaborative engagement to accelerate progress and pledged their organizations’ commitment to work alongside the Ministry of Health in achieving reproductive health and rights for all.
PMNCH Advocacy Approach
Sue Mbaya, PMNCH Senior Consultant, presented the Collaborative Advocacy Action Plan (CAAP) process during the workshop. She highlighted the need for collaborative efforts by partners in Ethiopia to increase the visibility of commitments and generate evidence on accountability. CHAI was recognized as the coordinating partner for the CAAP process in Ethiopia.
Progress in Sexual and Reproductive Health Indicators
Dr. Meseret Zelalem, Lead Executive Officer for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent at the Ministry of Health, highlighted Ethiopia’s significant progress in sexual and reproductive health indicators. She mentioned achievements such as the decline in maternal deaths, increased institutional deliveries, combatting child marriage, reducing adolescent birth rates, and addressing gender-based violence. Dr. Meseret also discussed post-Nairobi Summit Initiatives and Ethiopia’s renewed commitment to FP 2030 with four key commitments.
Action Plan for Accelerating Progress
Dr. Meseret presented the action plan for accelerating progress towards the ICPD commitment targets. The plan highlighted progress and gaps, emphasizing the “three zero” commitments. She emphasized Ethiopia’s long-standing support and commitment to the ICPD since 1994 and showcased the country’s progress across key indicators.
Collaborative Approach and Next Steps
Participants offered comments on a comprehensive and collaborative approach to achieve the ICPD commitments. In the closing remarks, Dr. Meseret reiterated the collective recommitment of the Ministry of Health and its partners to prioritize the call to action. She emphasized the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement in addressing challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and outlined the next steps, including disseminating the action plan and securing broad-based support for its implementation.
SDGs, Targets, and Indicators in the Article
1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?
- SDG 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
- SDG 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
- SDG 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?
Yes, the following indicators can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets:
- Indicator for SDG 3.7: Contraceptive prevalence rate, maternal mortality rate, access to family planning services.
- Indicator for SDG 5.6: Adolescent birth rate, teenage pregnancy rates, gender-based violence prevalence.
- Indicator for SDG 17.17: Number of multi-stakeholder workshops and collaborations, progress in implementing action plans.
Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
|SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
|Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
|– Contraceptive prevalence rate
– Maternal mortality rate
– Access to family planning services
|SDG 5: Gender Equality
|Target 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
|– Adolescent birth rate
– Teenage pregnancy rates
– Gender-based violence prevalence
|SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
|Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
|– Number of multi-stakeholder workshops and collaborations
– Progress in implementing action plans
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