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Since January, the Southern Africa region has been severely affected by flooding, due to the rainy season starting in Malawi as well as tropical cyclone Idai making landfall on 14 March, bringing torrential rainfall and winds to several provinces in Mozambique and with devastating effects for Beira city.

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Looking back on our work in 2018, we made great strides in fulfilling our promise to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa (ESA).Through our evidence-based advocacy and strategic engagement with different partners and stakeholders, we contributed to transforming the policy environment in the region. Many countries in the ESA region introduced and revised progressive policies regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially on HIV prevention, child marriage and comprehensive sexuality education.

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The Regional Comprehensive Sexuality Education Resource Package for Out of School Young People was developed to age and developmentally relevant international standards as a comprehensive set of teaching and learning materials for flexible use in settings outside the formal classrooms of the education sector. Several countries of East and Southern Africa have adapted this regional set of materials for nationally endorsed implementation. 

 

 

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage, and Protecting Children Already in Marriage constitutes a milestone in the efforts to end child marriage in Southern Africa. It provides guidance to parliamentarians, Ministries of Justice, policymakers, and other stakeholders in SADC Member States as they develop effective national laws to end child marriage and address inconsistencies in their current legal frameworks.

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ACMHM Newsletter_December 2018

A turning point for menstrual health management in Africa

The year 2018 was historic for menstrual health management (MHM) in Africa as it was the year when bold and action-oriented decisions were taken in an effort to address the numerous challenges faced by women, girls and other people who menstruate. Following its launch at the first East and Southern Africa Symposium on Menstrual Health Management, more than 400 practitioners in the field have signed to become members of the newly established African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management (ACMHM), with the aim of strengthening their voices and calls to address challenges in menstrual health.

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Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history.

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UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office and the Department of Women in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa co-hosted the first East and Southern African Symposium on Menstrual Health Management from 28 to 29 May 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This historic meeting of committed professionals was an important step towards consolidating support for strengthening MHM in the region.

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The year 2017 brought renewed energy to young people’s sexual and reproductive health in Southern Africa as UNFPA embarked on Phase 2 of one of its flagship programmes, Safeguard Young People (SYP). SYP’s holistic approach is unique in joining the dots to address the SRHR needs of young people –including policy and laws, education, health and, critically, the agency of young people. The synergy of shared goals enabled SYP and its partners to work more efficiently and exceed annual targets in certain areas.

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Child marriage can have devastating consequences for girls and their future children. This report presents the results of a mapping of programmes and partnerships that seek to prevent and mitigate the effects of child marriage in East and Southern Africa. The mapping focused on 12 countries in the region where the prevalence of child marriage is greater than 30 per cent.

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This review provides an overview of MHM policies and programmes in the ESA region, with a focus on education, school and community-based sexuality education, WASH, sexual and reproductive health, workplace support and humanitarian programming, as well as opening up the discussion regarding marginalized groups of women and girls such as disabled, prisoners and transgender men.

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