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A REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH COMMODITY SECURITY STRATEGY FOR THE WEST AFRICA SUBREGION 2007 – 2011 Dr. Kabba Joiner, WAHO 2006 Fall Meeting of the Reproductive.

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1 A REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH COMMODITY SECURITY STRATEGY FOR THE WEST AFRICA SUBREGION 2007 – 2011 Dr. Kabba Joiner, WAHO 2006 Fall Meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition October 2006 Bonn, Germany

2 Common Challenges in West Africa High rates of maternal and infant mortality High fertility and low birth intervals Low contraceptive prevalence and high unmet need Spread of HIV/AIDS  WAHO began to identify and address the interdependence between RHCS and maternal/infant health

3 A Concept Paper for a Sub-Regional RHCS Strategy WAHO Health Ministers approved concept paper and development of sub-regional RHCS strategy (November, 2005) to address:  Limited access to quality products and services  Varied effectiveness of logistics management  Insufficient financing for RH products and services  Lack of coordination—donor, government, and private sector  Operational policy barriers to RHCS

4 The Sub-Regional Role The Strategy does not encompass the entire range of interventions necessary for RHCS Sub-regional interventions will use advantage of scale and reach to compliment on-going country interventions Support existing country programs (e.g., Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Togo, The Gambia, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone) The Strategy’s framework reflects sub-regional strengths that reinforce & support national activities

5 Strategy Development WAHO lead process with support from: –USAID, DELIVER, UNFPA, AWARE/RH, ECOWAS country RH program managers Three Strategy Development Workshops –November, Bobo Dioulasso (RHCS Task Force) –January, Bobo Dioulasso (Program Managers and Liaison Officers) –March, Accra (RHCS Task Force) Combined efforts resulted in Final Draft

6 Sub-Regional RHCS Strategy: Vision, Mission, Goal Vision: –To achieve Reproductive Health Commodity Security in the West Africa sub-region. Mission: –To ultimately reduce maternal and perinatal mortality in conjunction with the WAHO Strategic Plan for the reduction of Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in the West Africa sub-region. Goal: –To meet the demand of existing users and those expressing unmet need in the sub-region.

7 Main Components 1.Context Improve common and specific RHCS policies at the country and regional levels to create a policy environment that will support RHCS in the sub-region. 2.Coordination Strengthen planning, management, and implementation of RHCS activities through coordinating mechanisms 3.Capacity Building Improve human, technical and organizational capacity for the achievement of RHCS in the West African sub-region 4.Country Support Activities Increase targeted RHCS country-level technical assistance where results can be replicated and disseminated throughout the sub-region.

8 Key Activities Coordinated Informed Buying System for RH Commodities  Sharing procurement information Institutional Capacity Building  RHCS training, quality testing, financial management Harmonizing the regulatory and policy framework  RH budget lines, common DRPs, and STGs

9 Supporting Components Advocacy plan for securing financing –A roadmap to ensure strategy is widely disseminated –Key messages & activities to reach potential funders and implementers Coordination, Monitoring, and Evaluation –RHCS Implementation Manager –Monitoring & Evaluation personnel and system

10 Sample Result Indicators  (Context) Number of member countries that have a dedicated budget line for the procurement of RH commodities  (Coordination) Number of member countries reporting procurement data into an operational CIB System  (Capacity Building) Number of community agents trained in IEC/BCC for RHCS  (Country Support) Regional RH experts network developed

11 Expected Outcomes  A supportive policy environment to improve RHCS in the sub-region  Increased funding to purchase RH commodities in the sub-region  More effective coordination among partners in the sub-region  Improved staff retention in RH programs  Improved access to and utilization of RH services

12 Estimated Budget Total Estimated Requirements in US$ Year Year Year Year Year Total 1. Context $195,364 $195,365$195,364 $976, Coordination $270,045 $1,350, Capacity $235,850$235,849 $235,850$1,179, Country Support $98,494$98,495 $98,494$492, Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation $230,645 $1,153,225 Totals $6,128,813

13 Next Steps July 2006 –ECOWAS Health Ministers approve RHCS strategy October, 2006 –Implementation workshop (countries, donors, sub- regional bodies, technical partners) to discuss specific roles and financing –Identify & establish RHCS operations team within WAHO to coordinate & manage implementation ~January, 2007 – Begin implementation


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