mombeshora 12.08.10.jpgStakeholders in the health sector have commended African governments for signing and ratifying a number of protocols aimed at improving livelihoods but have lamented limited resources that are hampering the implementation of most of the policies.

 

Although most African Union and SADC member states have ratified a number of continental sexual and reproductive health policy frameworks including the Maputo Plan of Action and the Campaign for the Acceleration of Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), the implementation is still lagging behind.

 

Stakeholders in the health sector who met in Harare to discuss and find ways of enhancing monitoring of such policies have called for their speedy implementation.

 

Addressing the delegates, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said policies such as the Maputo Plan of Action and CARMMA that were ratified by African leaders will go to waste if stakeholders fail to support governments to strengthen their monitoring mechanisms.

 

“Population dynamics influence every aspect of human social and economic development but African leaders are committed and have put in place various mechanisms to mitigate health related challenges and their impact on the continent’s population,” said Dr Mombeshora.

 

African Union Commission representative, Dr. Demola Olajide, noted that limited resources were the major impediment to efforts being made by African leaders to improve sexual and reproductive health issues in their respective countries.

 

The meeting organised by Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAFAIDS) was aimed at enhancing civil society monitoring of sexual and reproductive health policy frameworks  and to assist governments on information gathering and analyses of population trends in order to create policies and generate the political will to address current and future health needs of the African population.