|Message from the Secretary General
Dr 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!