A policy dialogue towards achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health was held in Kathmandu on 23 November, 2014 joining hands with People’s prior to the in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The dialogue intended to make aware stakeholders about the ground-reality situation of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the country; ensure commitment from different stakeholders towards pro-action; ensure that universal access to SRHR services in the South Asia region remain high on the development agenda including post 2015; and that national and international policy and decision-makers are improving SRHR policies.
The turnout was the maximum. A hundred and twenty five present to share and discuss the SRHR policy.
Key invitees were, Dr. Shilu Aryal of Family Health Division (FHD), Dr. Khem Karki from Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Ms. Ishwori Shrestha, Chief Health Administrator Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), Dr. Jageshwor Gautam from Maternity Hospital, Ms. Chandrakala Sharma from Tribhuwn University Institute of Management (TU IOM) Nursing Campus, Ms. Ambika Pandey DPHO, Lalitpur, Yashoda Rajbhandari – District Public Health Office (DPHO) Makwanpur and Ms. Bindra Hada and Dr. Badri Pokharel – Ex Sec. Nepal Government etc.
Hon’ble. Ms. Ranju Thakur, member of Constituent Assembly (C.A.) graced the occasion as Chief Guest and launched country profiles developed by Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC) in collaboration with Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), European Union (EU) and Asian Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), as part of the initiative of Strengthening Networking, Knowledge Management and Advocacy capacities of an Asia – Pacific Network for SRHR.
As such, the dialogue proved very successful with the presence of key stakeholders and full participation and relevant recommendations being drawn up in the end.