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Thu, 14 November - 11:00 - 12:30 EAT
Courtyard 6

How faith promotes FP and youth reproductive health in its spaces and mediums

As religion is an essential part of the sociocultural fabric of many communities, religious leaders use their social capital in support of family planning and healthy youth sexuality. In this session, religious leaders from different faiths, ages and genders in Kenya will share how they help shape norms on family planning and young people’s reproductive health in their communities. The religious leaders will showcase lessons learned on promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies through spaces and mediums of their respective faiths at the local level in Kenya. The session is convened by National Independent Churches of Africa, West Pokot Gospel Music Artists and Muslim Intervention for Health Education, and moderated by Faith to Action Network.

Thu, 14 November - 11:00 - 13:00 EAT
Shimba Hills

FILM - Women Making Film: A selection of shorts

Heroines of Health With introduction by Desta Lakew, Chair, Women in Global Health Africa Today women make up 75% of the global healthcare workforce, yet too often their work is unrecognized. These are three of many untold stories that may hold the key to unlocking better health for more people around the world. Mercy, Dr. Sharmila and Mrs. Rohani come from different backgrounds. They speak different languages. Yet they share a common journey, overcoming steep challenges and expectations to bring better health to their communities. Documentary/US/English/29 minutes/2017 Director: Lisa Russell Producer: GE Healthcare Kyenvu Winner of the Best Short Award at the Pan African Film Festival 2018, Kyenvu tells the story of an unexpected love affair that is formed at a taxi stop in Uganda and is forever changed by a wardrobe choice. Drama/Uganda/English/20 minutes/2018 Director: Kemiyendo Coutinho Producer: Kemiyendo Coutinho The Camel’s Back A young girl suffering from past trauma believes that she has one day left to live. She sets out on a journey to find her one paradise before it happens. This film was winner of the ‘Short Films’ and ‘East African Fiction’ categories at the Mashariki Africa Film Festival in 2017. Drama/Kenya/English/22 minutes/2017 Director: Ari Michelle Mboya Producer: Wangechi Ngugi The screenings will be followed by a Q & A session with the directors.

Thu, 14 November - 11:00 - 12:30 EAT
Courtyard 3

Humanitarian Case Studies Workshop: Mental health best practices from Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

In fragile settings, where existing infrastructures are strained and there is a breakdown of social support, access to SRHR and mental health often is deprioritized. This session will take an interactive approach to equip participants with the tools and frameworks to improve access to SRHR and mental health care in such environments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Participants will learn from select case studies drawn from these areas, followed by a collaborative exercise to develop concrete action plans, recommendations and strategies to address the greatest challenges in their own communities. Organizers will compile the results of the session into a practical handbook of winning strategies for implementation and advocacy for mental health and SRHR in fragile settings.This event will be convened by Postpartum Support Network Africa, Ghent University, Medicins Sans Frontieres Belgium and the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, Philippines.

Thu, 14 November - 11:00 - 12:30 EAT

Democratizing Data As A Public Good

Without dependable population data, whole communities of people remain invisible and their needs and rights ignored. In order to leave no one behind, high-quality disaggregated data are required at national and local levels. Meeting the growing data needs of decentralized governance is critical. Population trends will shape national development and investments effectively only when population and household data are widely accessible and utilized as a public good, while safeguarding the rights of respondents to privacy. This session focuses on making data a public good in order to guarantee zero invisibility and to leave no one behind.

Thu, 14 November - 11:00 - 12:30 EAT
Courtyard 1

UHC with and for Young People in the MENA Region

In many Arab States in the MENA region, youth-friendly health services have been provided for several years, operated thanks to partnership between the organizations and youth. This concurrent session will demonstrate a successful example of advocating for youth-friendly health services, drawing on the experience of The Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) and Y-PEER Network. The session will showcase the importance of peer education within mobile clinics as well as university health centers, both of which improve accessibility to sexual and reproductive health and rights and help mitigate the negative norms and factors that impede young people’s access to SRHR. The session will also engage audience participants in a lively discussion to highlight the challenges and opportunities related to applying this model to other contexts. This session is convened by Palestinian Medical Relief Society; Y-PEER - Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria.

Thu, 14 November - 11:00 - 12:30 EAT

Men and Boys’ Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health

What is at stake? What do men and boys need and demand when it comes to sexual and reproductive health and rights? What are the barriers, where are the gaps in resources and progress, and how can these obstacles be addressed? This open dialogue will enable participants to reflect on the role of men and boys as clients, partners and agents of change for gender equality. The conversation will explore why and how the sexual and reproductive health and rights needs and demands of men and boys can be addressed, and will highlight the social norms that need to transform in order to enable this change.