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Parliaments hail SADC-PF SRHR baseline surveys

In This Edition

A CHEQUERED picture is emerging as a baseline survey, ahead of a programme meant to strengthen the capacity of SADC National Parliaments to respond to sexual reproductive health rights issues in parts of the region, nears completion. In Seychelles, stakeholders hail “historic” orientation Read More

Seychelles stakeholders add to SRHR baseline study
Some stakeholders in Seychelles have described the orientation organised by the SADC PF in their country as “his- toric”. In separate interviews with The Sentinel in the country of approximately 80 000 people, the stakeholders said the orientation had given them a better appreciation of the Sweden-funded Read More

Seychelles stakeholders add to SRHR baseline study
Stakeholders in Seychelles have made additions to a baseline survey that was conducted in their country ahead of implementation of a Sweden-Funded Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) programme. They have also made recommendations on how the baseline survey can be made more reflective of the prevailing situation in Seychelles with respect to SRHR. Read More
Message from the Secretary General

Dr. Esau ChiviyaDr Esau Chiviya
Welcome to yet another edition of The Sentinel. As part of preparations for the implementation
of our Sweden-funded Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV & AIDS, and Governance Programme, we commissioned baseline surveys to be conducted in the six of the seven countries initially earmarked for the implementation of this programme.

These countries are Mauritius, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The aim of this proramme is to strengthen the capacity of female Parliamentarians in particular and National Parliaments in general. We contracted HEARD of the University of Kwazulu-Natal to undertake the baseline analysis for the programme so that we could identify country-specific priorities and goals for advocacy within SRHR, HIV and AIDS, and Governance issues. Additionally, we wanted information gathered through these baseline surveys to enable us to design the programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation plan.

Conducting this survey was not easy but necessary to ensure that when we implement we focus of on areas that require urgent attention. It was necessary that we appreciated current levels of knowledge, attitudes,practices and other related variables. Shortly after we received the reports on the various countries, we embarked on orientation engagements with various stakeholders in participating countries so that they become familiar with the findings of the surveys and react to them.

This was important to ensure ownership and accuracy. Although the baseline surveys painted a broad picture of the prevailing situation in the participating countries, we are pleased that stakeholders have kindly commented in great detail and made suggestions with respect to how the baseline survey could be strengthened. In this edition we present what came out of the orientation sessions that were undertaken. Focus is given on additions made to the survey. Happy reading!
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