Representatives from the Abt-hosted panel on “Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs for Women and Girls Today and Tomorrow” at October 21, 2015 event. Abt Associates convened a lively panel discussion that focused on “meeting the reproductive health needs of women and girls today and tomorrow” in our London office on October 21, 2015. Representatives from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other international development firms and non-government organizations joined this second UK-based Abt event.
The panelists included: Tanya Barron, CEO, Plan UK; Chris Mazimba, Team Leader, DFID’s Scaling Up Family Planning program in Zambia; Megan White Mukuria, CEO and Founder, ZanaAfrica Group; and Anne Philpott, Senior Health Advisor Africa, DFID. Jay Knott, Abt’s Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer opened the program and Caroline Quijada, Abt Family Planning and Reproductive Health Technical Lead, moderated the panel.
“There has been a great deal of technological progress made in family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) over the past decades including injectibles, rapid diagnostics, and female condoms,” said Ms. Philpott of DFID. “And the potential for more developments in the next 50 years is huge, meaning we need to continue to engage women and girls and ‘be where they are’ to educate them about new FP/RH products and services in a way that appeals to them.”
Ms. Quijada probed the panel on additional ways to move forward in FP/RH. “The value of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) cannot be overstated,” shared Ms. Barron of Plan UK. “We need to establish and grow CSE particularly at the community level, ensuring that many people – including teachers and program leaders – express positive outlooks about FP/RH and women's sexual rights.”
In addition to working with DFID on the Scaling Up Family Planning project in Zambia, Abt is also implementing The Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II (PATHS2), a project to improve Nigerian health care or women and children by fostering community ownership of pro-poor health projects and increasing cooperation between the public and private sector.
Watch the video recording of the event.