Implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action: opportunities and challenges for CSO action in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action: opportunities and challenges for CSO action in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Maputo Plan of Action (MPoA) for the operationalisation of the Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, which was endorsed by the summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government in January 2007 to serve as a short -term plan of action for the period 2007 to 2010. The MPoA calls on AU Member States to enact policies, advocate for SRHR, build the capacity of health care providers and expand access to reproductive health (RH) services (in 8 strategic areas) in partnership with civil society organisations.

This report therefore reviews the efforts underway by the European Commission as part of the EU (the EU-Africa Strategy has the Maputo Plan of Action as one of the focus areas), the RECs and three AU member states (Botswana, Nigeria and Senegal) in regard to implementing the MPoA. The report also surveys progress on key indicators contained in the MPoA in a total of nine countries, namely, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda.

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