Theme and sub-themes of the 9th APCRSHR finalized at the 1st Meeting of the International Steering Committee
On 19th – 20th April, 2016, the meeting was held in Hanoi (Vietnam) with the attendance of more than 20 experts from organizations, institutes and universities in the field of SRHR in Vietnam as well as in Asia-Pacific, under the chairmanship of Prof. Le Vu Anh, President of Vietnam Public Health Association.
The meeting was aimed to 1. Identify a theme, tracks and sub themes for the conference; 2. Discuss the working plan and cooperating mechanism of International Steering Committee’s sub-committees; 3. Identify the members of each sub-committee of the conference with TOR; 4. Discuss the fund-raising plan for the 9th APCRSHR; 5. Discuss on the tentative budget, conference’s fee and Youth conference.
The ISC members drew that the Asia-Pacific is a region of rapid growth and transition. The benefits and costs of development are, however, not shared equitably among the countries and peoples of the region. In health, and even more in sexual and reproductive health, poor and marginalised communities miss out on the best quality treatments and services.
Increased commercialisation and privatisation of health care, while expanding choice for the better off, results in double standards and restricted access for the underprivileged. This situation is particularly worrisome because universal health coverage is absent or inadequate, and sexual and reproductive health programmes are not always included. The politicisation of cultural and religion values discriminates against women and gender and sexual minorities, and social exclusion is a real barrier to accessing information and services.
Understanding the current situation of the region, the ISC members spent time on group discussions and plenary discussions and agreed that “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND - JUSTICE IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH” will be the conference theme. In addition, the theme, sub-themes also were selected as follows:
1. Towards a just economic order for SRH
2. Shaping political and justice systems for SRH
3. Overcoming religious and cultural barriers for SRHR
4. Making good quality SRH education available to all
5. Advancing equity in Sexual and Reproductive Health and healthcare
The organizing committee would want to express gratitude to all the ISC members because of their productive effort. Further information about the 9th APCRSHR will be updated on the VPHA’s Newsletters and the official website http://apcrshr9vn.org
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