Kenya will next week host a pan African conference to discuss novel strategies required to advance sexual and reproductive health of vulnerable populations like youth residing in urban slums, organizers said on Wednesday.
According to organizers, the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights whose theme is “Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls in Urban Informal Settlements” will take place in Nairobi from Feb. 10 to 14.
The conference is part of a long-term process of building and fostering regional dialogue and alliances that lead to concrete actions towards influencing policy and programming in favor of a sexually healthy continent, according to the African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights which is organizing the event.
Senior policymakers, representatives of donor agencies, researchers and campaigners will attend the five-day conference in Nairobi to share best practices that can improve the reproductive health of Africa’s youth and women in resource-constrained settings.
The high-level forum is expected to come up with practical solutions to reproductive health challenges affecting women and girls in Africa’s urban informal settlements that include unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.
“The focus on urban informal settlements is based on the fact that residents of such areas represent the population that is often left behind on policy decisions, yet in this case, they suffer the elevated risk of poor reproductive health outcomes including HIV and Aids, unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions,” said the organizers. Enditem