June 3rd, 2009
If you are interested in in sexual, reproductive and/or maternal health you might want to lend your support to a new campaign from International Planned Parenthood Federation
It’s called “15 and counting” and is aimed at drawing attention to the poor provision for sexual and reproductive health services
It’s primarily a youth campaign and calls upon young people to find out what their governments are doing about sexual/reproductive health, plus sex education.
Here’s why they’re doing it:
“Fifteen years ago at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, 179 governments agreed an inspiring and visionary plan to give universal access to services and information to improve the sexual and reproductive health of everyone by 2015.
The ICPD Programme of Action aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all people regardless of when or where they were born.
People born in 1994 at the time of the ICPD are now 15 years old and form part of the largest cohort of young people the world has ever seen – some 1.5 billion – who have a right to sexual and reproductive health services and information. Fifteen years after ICPD too many governments have failed to make good on their promises. This failure puts the lives and health of
tens-of-millions of young people at risk.
Only five years remain for the vision of ICPD to become reality, unless governments deliver on their promises young people will be denied services and information critical to their health and wellbeing”.
You can get involved by signing the petition, circulating information about the website, using the free resource materials on the site and sharing an information video.
Please forward the details about the campaign to as many people as you can. Particularly to anyone working in healthcare in international settings, research and education. If you’re a blogger with an interest in health or education please feel free to publicise the campaign too (you’ll see from the video clip below why it’s important).Tweet