Session Two: Women’s Empowerment through RMNCH

The session seeks to provide an advocacy and action framework for radically improving progress toward women’s empowerment through better RMNCH services in Africa. An important conceptual framework is the continuum-of-care approach in two dimensions.

One dimension recognizes the links from mother to child and the need for health services across the stages of the life course. The other is the delivery of integrated preventive and therapeutic health interventions through service platforms ranging from the community to the primary health center and the hospital.

Key areas of discussion will be:

• National and regional strategies supporting RMNCH services under the UHC frameworks.

• Awareness of RMNCH services among women and the challenges they face in access, quality and finance.

• The expanding role of the private sector in advancing women’s health with a focus on RMNCH services.