CALL TO ACTION:
Advancing the Maternal and Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women and Girls in West Africa

This call to action has been made with an understanding of the vulnerability of women and girls in the West African region. With high poverty levels, low literacy rates and low human development, the sub region is tagged as the riskiest place to give birth. Maternal and Sexual and reproductive health of women and girls determines their ability to live to their full potential. Many women and girls in West Africa die of preventable illnesses associated with their maternal and sexual and reproductive health.

Advancing the maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls requires coordinated multisectoral and intergenerational collaboration to achieve long lasting impact.

Different groups play different roles in the improvement of maternal and sexual and reproductive health. These include the civil society organisations, government, academia, young people, media, private organisations, donors- multilateral and bilateral organisations.

HACEY Health Initiative proposes a call to action to advance the maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in West Africa. I/We call on all stakeholders to commit to the following so as to improve the health status of women and girls in West Africa :

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

  • Educate and involve men (as clients, advocates and supportive partners) Disseminate quality and engaging health information on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This would include:
    • Right to fulfilment in relationships
    • Right to choice of partner
    • Right to have children or otherwise as desired
    • Right to one’s sexuality
    • Right to one’s body
    • Right to health and health care
    • Right to make decisions about one’s health

Academia

  • Implement periodic training on best practices and modern research techniques for researchers in the field of maternal and sexual and reproductive health.
  • Create knowledge sharing platform to support, promote and advance new information on issues related to maternal and sexual and reproductive health.

Private organizations

  • Increase funding for program focused on maternal and sexual and reproductive health
  • Provide technical support such as Information Communication and Technology (ICT), logistics, and existing health facilities to advance maternal and sexual and reproductive health programs at local and national level.

Government

  • Create a transparent platform for stakeholders across all sectors to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies focused on advancing maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.
  • Develop a national strategy for training frontline health workers to improve the quality of maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.

Donors

  • Increase funding for maternal and sexual and reproductive health programs focused on urban poor and rural areas.
  • Build the capacity of individual member states for sustainability of interventions focused on improving maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and young girls.

Young people

  • Speak out and be involved! It’s no news that there is a culture of silence in West Africa especially when it pertains to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Advocate for increased number of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health clinics and personnel dedicated to schools and communities.

Media

  • Create highly engaging and locally relevant content on all platforms so as to promote the understanding of policies and adoption of programs associated with advancing the maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in West Africa.
  • Train more journalist to report, document and investigate issues related to maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in West Africa.

All stakeholders

  • Create a collective platform that will consist of stakeholder representatives across all sectors, helping them to collectively drive accountability, action and knowledge sharing for improved maternal and sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in West Africa.

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