JOHANNESBURG, 13 February 2018 – FPA and UNFPA jointly organized an event on RH supplies, drawing attention to the need for increasing national allocation and expenditure for family planning, particularly contraceptives. The delegation included 13 African MPs from all regions of the Continent as well as Dr. Gifty Addico, Chief Commodity Security Branch, UNFPA, and Ragaa Said Parliamentary Affairs Specialist, also from UNFPA. Participants discussed the mobilization of resources and the creation of an enabling environment for Reproductive Health Supplies.
The amount allocated in national budgets for procurement decreased from $44.4 million in 2015 $32.2 million in 2016. Additionally, the total amount expended decreased from $25.4 million in 2015 to $21.6 million in 2016. Therefore, it is clear that the role of parliamentarians is more important than ever in terms of advocating for budgets from their respective national governments.
TOKYO, 13 December – An FPA delegation of five parliamentarians — from Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia & Senegal — attended the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum in Tokyo and organised a Parliamentary Caucus on the margins of the event. On two separate occasions the delegation had discussions with Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization.
The delegation organised two sessions of a Parliamentary Caucus the days before and after the official UHC Forum. During the Caucus the parliamentarians met with several UHC experts.
Delegation members also took part in the formal High Level segment of the UHC Forum as well as numerous side events and a leadership conversation.
At the conclusion of the Forum, FPA Vice-President Hon. Mr. Paul Chibingu, MP took to the stage alongside other leaders to make a pledge of commitment to delivering UHC.
Armed with background knowledge and the most recent statistics and best practices gained at the Forum, the MPs are now well placed to speak out for UHC in parliament and towards their governments.