01 January 2017
Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network
1. Education and Training: The number of clinicians trained from beginning of 2016 to-date is 1642. Additionally, we have a new initiative of training trainers, who will themselves have gone on to train other clinicians. We estimate this number to be a minimum of 320 by the end of 2019, for a total of 1,962 clinicians trained. This does fall short of our original commitment to train 3,200 UK based clinicians. However, the Trust has provided training on the most crucial emerging issues including sexual abuse, obesity and sexual health, sex robots, and perinatal mental health to reflect current emphasis on mental health issues to ensure that clinical service professionals provide high quality, comprehensive, rights based voluntary family planning services based on the most up-to-date medical best practice. Through the trust’s programmatic work (more on programs and service delivery under Commitment 2) we have trained an estimated 990 doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers in FP 2020 focus countries (we include South Africa in our calculation considering its prior status as a Focus Country).
2. Program and Service Delivery: We are pleased to report that we have achieved the original commitment on Program and Service Delivery: to implement 3 integrated programs in FP2020 focus countries; in sites with high levels of unmet need and inter-linked development challenges including Gender Based Violence, climate change, and environmental conservation. Firstly, we developed and implemented the EU funded project entitled Nndwakhulu (The big fight is on!) in Sinthumule- Kutama District, Limpopo Province South Africa aimed at addressing the severe human rights violations in this remote rural area, including a lack of information on SRHR and absence of quality SRHR service provision. Our second integrated project entitled A Re Itireleng (Let’s do it ourselves) in the rural area of Groot Marico, Northwest province South Africa, addresses the cross-sectoral development challenges of SRHR, overall health and sustainable livelihoods in a remote, disadvantaged community. Our third integrated project is USHAPE (Uganda Sexual Health and Public Education) in South West Uganda. The project’s aim is to improve family planning services at a healthcare facility, coupled with bespoke cascaded outreach into the surrounding community, to reduce unmet need for family planning and improve awareness of local environmental conservation issues.
3. Issue and Policy Advocacy: The trust has undertaken advocacy activities to promote the importance of SRHR and family planning as a multi-sectoral issue. The focus has been to audiences in the environmental conservation sector at the national (DFID and DEFRA), regional (EU bodies), and global level (International Union for the Conservation of Nature, environmental conservation organizations). Milestones include inputting language on the importance of gender-responsive approaches such as Population, Health and Environment Programmes into an EU Parliament Opinion of The Committee on Development (DEVE) Committee entitled “Women, gender equality and climate justice”. At the global level, our membership of the IUCN means we are the only member to have over 50 years of family planning expertise thereby ensuring family planning is at least addressed in some policy discussions within the IUCN thanks to our presence in the largest global authority on the environment.
The Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network—a UK-registered charity—works in the UK and internationally to promote sexual and reproductive health knowledge, rights, and services, benefiting all people, women and girls in particular, and to support sustainable development. In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Trust will advocate for the imperative of including sexual and reproductive health and rights to achieve not only SDGs 3 and 5 advancing health and gender equality, but also those focused on ending poverty and hunger, promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, and combating climate change.
This commitment to FP2020, in support of Every Woman Every Child, will focus on the following:
- Education and training: The Trust commits to provide training to more than 3,250 UK-based doctors and nurses between the beginning of 2016 and the end of 2019 and will expand its training activities to benefit at least 300 doctors and nurses in FP2020 focus countries, with training tailored to meet local capacity needs. The Trust’s training will aim to ensure that clinical service professionals provide high quality, comprehensive, rights-based voluntary family planning services based on the most up-to-date medical best practice.
- Integrated programs: The Trust commits to design and implement at least three sexual and reproductive health and rights integrated programmes in FP2020 focus countries between 2016 and 2019.
- Issue and policy advocacy: The Trust pledges to undertake advocacy activities for health and gender organizations, policy makers, and funding partners and also for other sectors including environmental and climate change audiences, to help build a broader coalition of organizations working to ensure universal access to comprehensive and voluntary family planning services.
More information about this commitment to FP2020 can be found here.