99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Traditional birth attendants (TBAs) are in some regions of these countries the only form of maternal health service and are widely utilised in these developing countries. Within Nigeria alone 560 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 live births, and the nation contributes 14% of the global burden of maternal deaths. Despite this TBAs are highly trusted in local communities and extensively culturally engrained.
We are pleased to announce the release of Global Goals, Local Action: Advancing homegrown solutions for girls and women through regional advocacy caucuses. This report highlights the exciting advocacy outcomes from eight regional advocacy caucuses held at the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in May in Copenhagen, Denmark. PATH and Women Deliver co-sponsored the caucuses, and each caucus convening was designed and led by a local NGO from the region.
Women (most especially young girls) are mostly disadvantaged when it comes to sexual and reproductive health outcomes, this is made worse when they have no education and/or no independent source of income as they come to the ‘negotiation table’ with no refusal/assertive skills as well as no form of preparedness for the outcome that follows their action or decision. A true life story narrated below helps to put this into perspective.
Published once every two years by the UN Department of Economic and Social affairs (UN DESA), the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement takes a good look at young people’s participation in economic, community and political life. The report offers and proposes unique and out of the box perspectives and ideas on youth engagement and participation. The report is also expected to generate dialogue, and serve as a tool for policy discussion and action between youth and government.
The report provides insight on 3 thematic areas: economic, political and community engagement. The objective of the report basically is to provide a basis for policy discussions around youth engagement to ensure that young people are able to participate fully and effectively in all aspects of the societies in which they live.
In partnership with PATH and Women Deliver, HACEY Health Initiative will host the West Africa caucus at the Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in May 2016. The caucus will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss major priorities and strategies for strengthening political and financial commitments to girls’ and women’s health and well-being in West Africa. Emphasis will be on improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and gender equality in SDG implementation and accountability efforts, and building on ICPD+20 and Beyond and Beijing+20 processes.
As part of strategies towards fulfilling HACEY’s mission statement which is “to empower and support women, children and young people through capacity building, advocacy, research and education to lead healthy lives”, and the girl sexual and reproductive health and leadership program the organization partnered with World Heart Connect an initiative based in Rivers State to organize a two-day event for children and teenagers to train young people on the values and knowledge they need to make healthy and positive decisions concerning their lives and equip them with life skills and health information to become focused, productive and well informed adults. The event held at the primary health centre Okwuzi, with over 60 children and teenagers in attendance.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, HACEY Health Initiative, a Lagos based development organization with the vision of promoting a sustainable society, hosted a parallel event during the just concluded UN Women 60th session on the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The session which was titled “Leveraging on Innovation and Cross-Sector Collaboration to End Violence Against Women and Girls: Impact, Strategies and Opportunities” brought together 5 speakers and about 47 participants from around the world to discuss issues around Violence against Women and Girls from the Research, Policies and Programs perspectives in a panel discussion that lasted about 100mins. The moderator of the session, Mr. Paul Ojajuni, the Director of Research, HACEY Health Initiative hosted the panel discussion and engaged the speakers and participants in a knowledge sharing discussion. The speakers he hosted are: Rebecca Gordon, Together for Girls; jerker Edstrom, Institute of Development Studies, UK; Olusola Owonikoko, Mandela Washington Fellow/Project Enable; Elizabeth Okomu, Women Deliver Young Leader; and Isaiah Owolabi, HACEY Health Initiative.