Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive Health

15 – 19 FEBRUARY 2001
Philippine Trade Training Center
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
 
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THE BACKGROUND


The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Programme of Action (POA) that came out of the meeting, fundamentally changed the way nations around the world perceive family planning, reproductive health, and population related programs. The POA underlines individual’s rights to the highest attainable standard of health and the need to provide holistic reproductive health services. In effect, human beings are viewed at the center of development policy in general and reproductive health programs in particular.

Nowhere are these issues more relevant then in the Asia Pacific region, home to the majority of the world’s population. The Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive Health will be the first major international gathering of RH professionals from throughout the region. They will come together for an open sharing of information and experiences, exposure to the latest research and clinical findings, material learning, and creative problem solving. The conference has the potential to sow the seeds for far-reaching change and more responsive and humane RH programme in the next millennium.

THE OBJECTIVES

The conference hopes to fulfill the following:

• To foster the exchange of ideas and experiences among community partners, program administrators, researchers, educators, service providers, program clients, NGOs, GOs and policy makers from a wide range of Asian nations to tackle challenges and opportunities for improving reproductive health policies and programs in the next millenium

• To increase awareness and knowledge among RH practitioners in the Asia Pacific region about recent developments in RH and related fields

• To explore, analyze, and understand the political, economic, and social factors that affect reproductive and sexual health in the region

• To build consensus and collaborative relationships that will improve the quality of reproductive health and quality of life in the region

• To explore alternative strategies for meeting the RH needs of individuals living in poverty or with limited access to appropriate health services

• To improve the quality of RH and related programs by integrating RH into medical practice and involving private sector and donor agencies in promoting RH

THE THEME

The conference will adopt the theme “Quality RH: On Track with the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Commitment.”

The theme emphasizes the importance of promoting quality RH Care within the context of the ICPD mandate. The multi-sectoral representations at the conference will provide an important opportunity for taking stock of experiences and lessons learned after ICPD. The conference hopes to raise the awareness about the importance of RH issues in comprehensive approaches to development and bring forth the function of many years of collaboration between government and non-government organizations, government official and policy makers, members of academe, health workers, and international agencies in promoting RH over the years.

TOPICS

  • Maternal Mortality/Morbidity
  • Cancer
  • Male Involvement
  • Quality Care
  • Adolescent RH
  • Needs of the Elderly
  • Sexuality
  • RTI/STD/HIV/AIDS
  • Prevention and Treatment of the Complications of Abortion
  • Bio-Ethics
  • Contraceptive Technology
  • Infertility
  • Domestic Violence
  • Advocacy
  • Partnership/Networking
  • RH Among Indigenous/Cultural Communities
  • Health Reforms
  • Best Practices