Internews to Help Improve Access to High-Quality Information about Sexual and Reproductive Health

April 8, 2019
A consortium led by International Planned Parenthood Federation and comprised of Frontline AIDS, Internews, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Open University, and Women’s Refugee Commission is coming together to ensure that reproductive health rights reach marginalized communities

Internews welcomes today’s announcement by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) that a consortium led by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been selected within the UK Aid Connect program under the theme of promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The IPPF-led consortium is comprised of Frontline AIDS, Internews, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Open University, and Women’s Refugee Commission. This partnership brings together powerful expertise in program delivery, research, capacity building, advocacy and communications, ensuring vital information, education and services reach marginalized populations and people in complex and challenging environments.

Approaches in Complex and Challenging Environments for Sustainable SRHR (ACCESS) will leverage the consortium’s expertise to design and test innovative solutions that enable the most marginalized and under-served people to access comprehensive, evidence-based SRHR. The project seeks to bridge the gap between research and programming by drawing on existing and emerging evidence to inform the design of the program through an adaptive, people-centered approach.

“This program will drive innovation and learning by bringing diverse partners together to work on complex and neglected issues such as increasing access to safe abortion and improving the provision of SRHR in crisis settings,” said Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, during a speech at Canada House.

IPPF Director General, Dr Alvaro Bermejo welcomed the partnership. “We bring distinct areas of expertise and are united by a shared commitment to improving the lives of the most marginalized populations,” he said. “We critically need to work together to develop new and innovative approaches for bringing sexual and reproductive health and rights for those most in need.”

“We have seen time and again that accurate information is a critical component of health service delivery; it transforms perceptions, behaviors and lives for the better,” said Daniel Bruce, Internews’ CEO in Europe. “We welcome this important new partnership to further improve access to high-quality information about sexual and reproductive health for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.”

The partners of the SRHR Connect program were announced at a Women Deliver pre-conference event at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK. IPPF, Frontline AIDS, and the Women’s Refugee Commission are NGO Sponsors for the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, being held in Vancouver, Canada on 3-6 June 2019; the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

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