Int’l body readies development framework for 2020

A GLOBAL service provider and leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health for all is calling all governments to establish by 2015 a new international development framework that includes sexual and reproductive health as essential priorities.

Dr. Jonathan David Flavier, national executive director of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) and staunch advocate of the program, said the International Planned Federation (IPPF) Vision 2020 is a 10-point agenda and call to action started by the eight Millennium Development Goals in the year 2000.

Flavier said that since the MDG declaration, sexual and reproductive health and rights landscape have changed, adding that global health funding has significantly declined and a maturing HIV epidemic increasingly affects women and children.

He also said that all governments, including the Philippines, must increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in order to close the gap between the top to bottom wealth quintiles by 50 percent.

Meeting the FPOP council officials in Iloilo, Cebu and Samar in the Visayas cluster last August 30-31, Flavier said the governments must eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls to achieve de facto equality of opportunity for both women and men and recognize sexual rights and reproductive health as human rights.

Engage young people in all policy decisions affecting their lives and provide comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV service within public, private and not for profit health system, he added.

He also urged reducing by at least 50 percent the current unmet need for family planning and making a comprehensive sexuality education available to all.

"Reduce maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion by 75 percent and allocate sufficient resources to make all nine targets achievable by the year 2020," he said.

Flavier said the IPPF is a federation of 152 member associations, including FPOP, working in 172 countries. The FPOP Visayas cluster vowed to campaign for Vision 2020 and spread the word about its importance. (LCP)

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