STRENGTHENING OF NETWORKS FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (SRH) IN CRISIS IN SOUTH ASIA: SRI LANKA ( 29th – 20th June, 2016)
The PPTs given on Strengthening of Networks for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Crisis in South Asia which was held at Colmbo, Sri Lanka on 29-20th June, 2016 Supported by IPPF, SPRINT, Australian Aid is available through below link:
CONCEPT NOTE: REGIONAL CONSULTATION FOR SRH IN SOUTH ASIA
The analysis of response to major disasters in the region shows critical gaps in addressing reproductive and sexual health needs posts disasters. The lack of awareness and institutional capacities on this in the region has been identified as a major cause of this gap. As per the State of world population report 2015, there are more than 100 million people in the world who are highly vulnerable and in critical need of humanitarian assistance today. About 26 million among them are women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years. Every day, 507 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in fragile states.Three in five maternal deaths occur in situations like natural disasters or conflicts. The majority of this vulnerable population lives in South Asia as this is most populous region of the world and also most vulnerable to both natural and manmade disasters. Whether women live or die in a crisis often depends on whether they can access basic sexual and reproductive health services, which too often get neglected to other urgent needs, like WASH, food and shelter. The situation during disasters becomes more complex with rise in cases of sexual and gender based violence and lack of safety means for prevention of HIV/AIDs. While there are inter agency working groups on Sexual and Reproductive Health during emergencies active in other regions in the world, this remains a critical gap in South Asia Region.
Towards this gap, the agencies working in the region on this aspect have decided to come together for a two day workshop in Sri Lanka to conceptualize Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) on SRH during emergencies in South Asia and develop a broad plan of action for the same.
Beyond SRH in emergencies, the workshop will also explore the linkages with other health and DRR priorities in South Asia region and how IAWG will complement the larger strategic coordination in Asia pacific region and global priorities. It will also be the opportunity for next level of planning of the SATHI initiative.
The Concept note is available through below link:
Concept Note on Regional Consultation for SRHR in South Asia 14 june
CHARTER: SATHI-SOUTH ASIA TOGETHER FOR HUMANITARIAN IMPERATIVE
Sphere India was represented by CEO, Vikrant Mahajan at SATHI which held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 23rd -24rd of February, 2016. Delegate from seven countries humanitarian networks were represented: ACBAR (Afghanistan) , Sphere Community Bangladesh (Bangladesh), Sphere India (India) , DPNet (Nepal), NHN (Pakistan), CHA (Sri Lanka) and Maldives.
The delegates signed a charter to commit to work more closely together in the future towards humanitarian initiatives and Disaster Reduction within the network of SAARC countries to initiated the process for greater collaboration in South Asia Region.
The Charter for SATHI is available through below link:
Charter Sathi-South Asia Together for Humanitarian Imperative
SATHI-SOUTH ASIA TOGETHER FOR HUMANITARIAN IMPERATIVE: LAUNCH EVENT REPORT
South Asia region is prone to various natural hazards due to its unique geo-climatic conditions and pre-existing socio-economic vulnerabilities of the people. The region is facing the wrath of natural disasters with greater frequency and intensity. During the recent years countries in the region have suffered a series of catastrophic disasters such as devastating earthquakes, landslides, avalanche, floods, flash floods, glacial lake outbursts, cyclones and droughts which sharply affected various sectors of development and poor communities. Therefore, rising frequency and intensity of disasters in the region has galvanized the South Asian countries to enter into regional cooperation regimes.
Many disasters in the region are trans-boundary in their origin and can be prevented and better managed through bilateral and multilateral cooperation between South Asian Nations. The Governments and Civil Society Organizations in the region have shown a lot of commitment to reduce disaster risks and manage disasters. Several initiatives have been taken in recent years to institutionalize the regional cooperation to mitigate disaster risk. Therefore, the collaboration and common road map between network organizations can help to better strategize, advocate and deliver humanitarian imperative.
Keeping this in mind 2 days Regional Workshop on “SATHI (South Asia together for Humanitarian Imperative) and Sendai Spring” was held during 23 – 24 February, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal to establish an effective collaboration among relevant stakeholders from South Asian countries to achieve the positive result in the humanitarian actions.
The regional workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Narayan Gopal Malego, Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the Government of Nepal and Chaired by Mr. Ram Chandra Neupane, the Chairperson of Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DPNet Nepal).
Seven countries were represented: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
For information please find the attached launched and event report through the below link:
Final_Report_SATHI_23-24 Feb 2015