• Sexual and Reproductive Health - Mobile Services
  • CASD - Training selfless nurses to take Healthcare to hard-to-reach communities.
  • CASD - Protecting orphans and vulnerable children
  • CASD - Participating in international advocacy and consultations.
  • CASD - Networking
  • CASD - Political advocacy community awareness campaigns.
  • Improving health and socio-economic conditions of vulnerable women, children and adolescents in ways that are inclusive, accountable and sustainable
  • CASD - Rehabilitating adolescent mothers and protecting vulnerable children.

CASD at the UN Global Strategy Consultation

CASD’s Executive Director, Numfor Munteh, participated and push for stronger attention on adolescent health at the recently concluded Africa Regional Stakeholder Consultations on the UN Secretary General’s Strategy on Women’s Children’s and Adolescents Health, 2016-2030.

 The stakeholder consultation held from the 6th -7th, May 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa brought together approximately 150 senior representatives from governments, multilateral, health professionals, CSOs, youth, media, private sector, academics, development partners and foundations to share and integrate

their perspectives in the 2016-2030 draft Global Strategy. Specifically, the Africa Regional Stakeholder consultation had as objectives to: Review progress made under the 2010-2015 Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s health and the Every Woman Every Child Campaign; Provide input, feedback, recommendations on the content and build ownership of the 2016-2030 Revised Global Strategy; and discuss the scope of the implementation plan of the 2016-2030 Global Strategy

Prior to the main stakeholder consultations, a youth pre-meeting was held on May 5th, 2015 to discuss the position of adolescents in the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Mr. Numfor, representing Cameroon, joined voices with 20 other youth leaders from around Africa to review the draft Global Strategy, and raise the stakes for adolescent health.

CASD was very keen to discussed and highlighted specific and unique concerns of adolescents and young people in Cameroon and the Central African sub-region that should feature in the draft global strategy. Prominent was the call for disaggregated data for adolescents, and the integration of African healthy values and practices in the global strategy.

Other major recommendation made with the consent of CASD at the consultations includes:

  • The Global Strategy (GS’s) focus on adolescents should transcend beyond adolescent health to adolescent wellbeing taking in mind a life cycle investment approach. i.e Investing in adolescent health of an adolescent girl today will guarantee her future, well being and make her emerge as an empowered health and productive woman in the future.
  • GS should to take advantage of the renewed interest of Africa’s investment in young people holistic development so as to harness the demographic dividend and position adolescents’ health within broader development agenda. However, the GS must make reference to the demographic changes accompanied by adolescents and the lifelong impact of decisions made.
  • A clear investment case must be made for adolescents within the Global Strategy in the area of: Saved lives, Improved Health, and Better Nutrition, Better Health and Productivity.
  • Adolescents need to be reflected more within the three pillars of Survive, Thrive and Transform i.e. under Transform, we welcome the inclusion of SDG 5.5 but would further like to see the inclusion of SDG 16.7 and 16.b
  • The GS should priorities and put emphasis on health education including comprehensive sexuality education that addresses gender and human rights issues. “redefine CSE to include safe motherhood”
  • The Global Strategy should emphasize integration, scale up and making available and accessible quality adolescent friendly health services including; access to contraceptives, safe abortion and maternal and child health services (“for young mothers”), HIV and STI prevention, treatment and counseling, as well as addressing the health worker attitude in YFS provision.
  • The Global strategy must emphasize need for age and sex disaggregated data for adolescent’s health to inform programming, decision making and resource allocation.
  • The Global Strategy must highlight the need for adequate funding for adolescent health that commensurate with the population size and needs of adolescents.
  • The GS must ensure meaningful youth participation in its governance structures and accountability mechanisms and other development frameworks both at global, regional and national level.
  • The Global Strategy should address other social risk factors in the social environment, focusing on factors that are protective across various health outcomes including; eliminating gender based and interpersonal violence against both women, girls and boys, eliminating harmful cultural practices such forced early marriages, FGM, ending teenage pregnancies, supporting and promoting women empowerment and girl child education as well as advocating for an enabling legal and policy environment.
  • The Global Strategy needs to address prevention of injuries and none communicable diseases and other aspects of physical and mental health challenges among young people, including provision of harm reduction services.

Though the above recommendation received a universal approval from participants at the consultation, this round of consultation was still on the zero draft and much maybe added in the days ahead. CASD therefore calls on everyone that counts to join the conversation and support a stronger push for adolescent health. You can add your voice through the online platform at:

http://crowd360.org/shaping-the-future-for-healthy-women-and-children/

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