Strengthening partnership in family planning

IPPF European Network

On 6-7 June 2012 high level representatives from 16 countries of central Asia and central and eastern  Europe attended the consultative meeting “Promoting national ownership on Reproductive Health Commodity Security using evidence-based advocacy” , organized by the of International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) European Network and UNFPA Regional Office for eastern Europe and central Asia in Brussels.

For the first time senior officials from Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finances met with the civil society, represented by the Member Associations of IPPF, to discuss existing challenges in reproductive health commodity security with an emphasis on family planning. Their aim was to agree on best ways to further decrease the rates of unmet needs for family planning, one of the targets of Millennium Development Goal(MDG) 5.

The Regional Office and other partners presented their activities and assistance to the member states in improving access to quality family planning. Dr Gunta Lazdane, Programme Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health at WHO/Europe gave an overview of the updated guidelines and tools.

Participants appreciated the work of the high level consultation and welcomed the proposal of organizing regular joint multicountry activities  in the future.