EDITOrial

Dossier

Dr Natalia Kane (UNFPA ED),
Dr Rym Fayala (UNFPA Tunisia)
and Mr Adnene Belhadj Aissa (ONFP)

The last four months were marked by a variety of activities carried out by Tunisia CO with its partners, in their various fields of interventions: sexual and reproductive health, youth programs, gender equality and population dynamics. It is with unequivocal motivation, team spirit, innovation and dedication that the office staff has worked to support the government departments and civil society organizations to achieve the objectives set for this year. I will mention here the main interventions carried out during this period.

In order to ensure universal access to quality and equitable sexual and reproductive health services, the identification of an essential package of maternal and neonatal health services has been completed through a participatory and inclusive process of all the actors representing the different regions of Tunisia. The maternal and neonatal health legal framework has been reviewed and recommendations for its revision have been issued. Human resources policies for maternal health were also examined. UNFPA CO, together with the Ministry of Public Health, has put in place a preparedness plan to address the needs of sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian crises.

In addition, in order to contribute to the empowerment of young people, a series of sensitization sessions of young people both on SRH rights and also on SDGs have been conducted. Special attention was given to young migrants in Tunisia to identify barriers to their access to SRH services. The office also initiated at the end of the year, a reflection on the national strategy of health of adolescents and Youth in Tunisia.

We continue to combat violence against women and to implement the comprehensive law on the elimination of GBV adopted in July 2017. In this regard, during the 16 days of activism, awareness raising campaigns on this law and the services provided to WVV have been conducted and captured the public attention. The last center for the care of women victims of violence supported by UNFPA Tunisia has been inaugurated in Kairouan.

In addition, the UNFPA office supported the National Institute of Statistics to develop population projections at the local level and supported the progress review on the implementation of the ICPD Action Plan.

Finally, I had the pleasure to meet, in Indonesia, the newly appointed UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem. She expressed her admiration for the progress made by Tunisia in terms of FP and GBV and expressed her support for the role that Tunisia can play as a center of excellence in South-South cooperation on SR / FP and recommended that Tunisia provide stronger support in terms of advocacy to influence the next CPD.