Addis Ababa, 2nd October 2013

Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society organizations on ICPD+20 calls on governments to invest more in girl Child Education as a way of improving adolescent and young people reproductive health Civil Society organizations in Nigeria participating at the ongoing Africa Regional Conference on Population and Development have urged Nigeria and Africa governments to increase investment in adolescent and young people reproductive and sexual health as well as increase support for girl child education.
After months of discussions and targeted advocacy, in the International Conference for Population Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 country review process, Nigerian CSOs have identified their priorities in relation to health (including sexual and reproductive health and rights), girl child education, and civil participation.

Speaking during the side event facilitated by Centre for Development and Population Activities CEDPA Nigeria/ Plan International and United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) with support from MacArthur Foundation, Prof A.O. Ladipo, President and CEO of Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) noted that Education as a vaccine for development is a priority for Nigeria and most Africa countries yet achieving that component of the MDGs is still a big challenge.
Progress has been made in child survival, health status of people living with HIV, access to contraception and other reproductive health services, according to a position paper of the CSOs at the breakfast side event meeting held in Addis Ababa on October 1st 2013 . Child marriage robs girls of their right to education. At the same time, education is widely considered to be one of the most important factors in delaying the age of marriage for girls.
The side event provided an opportunity to discuss the issues regarding young people's sexual reproductive health needs, education for the girl child in Nigeria and recommendations were to move forward.

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GFATM HIV Review Meeting - Abuja, August 2013

ARFH is one of the Principal Recipients of Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria (GFATM) Round 9 Phase 2 Grant in Nigeria. The organisation is responsible for the Community Component of the GFATM grant in the country. ARFH's Service Delivery Areas include Community System Strengthening (CSS), Home Based Care/ Adherence Support (HBC) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).
Chaired by Prof. Ladipo (OON), The meeting was held to review the status of project Implementation since Jan. 2013, Identity structural and programmatic issues that may affect the attainment of project objectives and discuss solutions to the issues identified and way forward.
Participants at HIV Review Meeting at Summit Villas Hotels, August 2013, Group Photo
Participants at HIV Review Meeting at Summit Villas Hotels, August 2013, Group Photo

The participants were drawn from USAIDS, Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN), Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN) , Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN.) Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Civil Society for the Eradication of Tuberculosis (TB Network) Civil Society for Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN).
Action points and recommendations with timelines were adopted with SRs committed to achieving the project results as stipulated in the project document.


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