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Coalition Calls For Responsive Menstrual Health In Africa

The African Coalition on Menstrual Health Management (ACMHM) is collaborating with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, which will be held from 25 until 27 May 2021.The aim of the symposium is to take stock of progress on menstrual health, sexual and reproductive health rights in Africa. This follows after the initial Menstrual Health Management Symposium where participants from Africa and internationally gathered to discuss menstrual health issues on the continent, in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018.

The symposium was held in 2018 by the department of women in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa and the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Regional Office. The establishment of the ACMHM was caused by the event and it contributed to the strengthened commitment to better respond to the menstrual health needs of people who menstruate throughout their reproductive life cycle, by supporting the evidence-based and showcasing a range of ground-breaking and sustainable models.

The symposium will also track the progress on menstrual health in Africa since the Call to Action was implemented in 2018.The event brings together numerous communities together such as leading academic institutions, the private sector, donors, governments, regional economic communities, celebrities, the entertainment industry social entrepreneurs, young people, and the media. The panel discussions will feature leaders and champions, academics, community-led developers, innovators, young leaders, and representatives of the private sector.

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ACMHM is in a collaborative partnership of practitioners working on menstrual health, public health and sexual reproductive health and rights in Africa. It consists of nearly 600 experts working in menstrual health issues, policy makers, young people, social entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and individuals.

Beatriz Sebastião, 28, an obstetric fistula survivor, poses for a photo outside her home and small grocery business in the Nacongolone community in Macuba, Zambezia province, Mozambique, November 18, 2020.

On the other hand, UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.

The symposium will be live streamed at : https://www.facebook.com/UNFPA.ESARO

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