SRHR workshop commences
01 October 2021 | Health
Neville Andre; Erongo governor; “It is crucial that we address the persisting challenge of misinformation on sexuality and sexual health.”
A capacity building workshop for members of parliament (MPs) on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as well as life skills-based HIV & health education commenced in Swakopmund today.
More than 20 MPs are attending the three-day workshop.
Speaking at the opening, Erongo governor Neville Andre said that Covid-19 has had troublesome effects on the health delivery system.
“This specifically posed challenges for adolescents and young people with regards to access sexual reproductive health and rights services.”
Andre said this is largely due to disruptions in the production and supply of contraceptive commodities, a high maternal mortality rate, increased early and unintended pregnancies, and gender-based violence across the country.
Andre said that the ministry of health and social services has a mandate to provide quality and affordable, accessible health services to all.
“It is crucial that we address the persisting challenge of misinformation on sexuality and sexual health. Parliament is therefore essential in providing checks and balances to government around SRHR and other human rights. We must ensure that the government’s actions match its commitments.”
The main objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of MPs, parliamentary committees and staff on sexual and reproductive health, including advocacy to promote delivery of life skills-based HIV and health education, as well as reproductive health commodity security for adolescents and young people.
The event is being facilitated by local experts in the field of sexual reproductive health and rights employed by ministries, civil society organisations and development partners.
The workshop is being conducted through interactive presentations, plenary discussions, group work and panel discussions and will conclude on Sunday.