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    ICPD - "15 Years On" Sri Lanka

    A Review of Progress by 12 Sri Lankan scholars and practitioners

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      Available at the IHP library (44KB)
    A.T.P.L. Abeykoon
    31 Oct 2009 | ISBN 978-955-8876-15-2| 8 pages

    Abstract:The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) can be considered as one of the most significant global conferences held in the 21st Century. It transformed the perceptions of policy makers and programme planners as to how population policies and programmes should be formulated and implemented in the future. The adoption of the broad based concept of reproductive health at ICPD by the international community was a landmark achievement.

    Sri Lanka adopted a number of initiatives responding to the ICPD Programme of Action. An important initiative was the formulation of the Population and Reproductive Health Policy in 1998 which was directed by the Population Division of the Ministry of Health. Others included the development of an Advocacy Strategy for the promotion of population and development, and information, education and communication activities and the paradigm shift from family planning to a holistic approach of reproductive health in the service delivery programme.

    In the post ICPD period, the government further strengthened the central institutional mechanisms to coordinate and monitor the national population and reproductive health programme. The National Coordinating Council on Population chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Health continued to monitor the national programme. The Population Division which functioned directly under the Secretary, Health assumed greater responsibility in population policy formulation, planning and monitoring of the national programme. The Division thus performed a duel function of providing technical support as well as coordinating and monitoring of operational activities.




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