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As part of the Mid-Term Review of the Bangladesh Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme (HPNSDP) 2011-2016, a National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on SRHR was held in Dhaka on 26th August.  This emphasised the importance of different aspects of Gender, Equity, Voice and Accountability (GEVA) that has been a cornerstone of the sector programme to date.  Speakers from a range of Civil Society organisations and Academic Institutions presented the latest data on topics such as the demographic transition, urban SRHR services, marginalised groups, Menstrual Regulation and Post Abortion Care services, the need for adolescent friendly services, sexuality education, and current concerns in the national response to HIV.  The workshop participants also worked on a set of recommendations to be considered by the Independent MTR team that includes MannionDaniels.  The final report of the MTR team will be presented on 8th October to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  The workshop was supported by the Governments of Sweden and the Netherlands.


A new 5-year Health Sector Programme for Nepal

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The Ministry of Health and Population in Nepal has started work on formulating a new 5-year Nepal Health Sector Programme (2015-2020).  This strategic plan will draw on the policy directions outlined in the new National Health Policy (2014) recently approved by the Cabinet.  The NHSP-III is emphasising the need for greater output-based and decentralised planning and budgeting for the sector.  The plan will also indicate the importance of ensuring financial protection for the poor and give more attention to improving quality of services across all areas of the health system.  NHSP-III will aim to build financial sustainability, better coordination and strengthened partnership with non-state partners. The MoHP will be looking at stronger regulation of the sector including measures to ensure quality of care through commercial and not-for-profit health providers. The rise in non-communicable diseases in Nepal poses a big challenge for the Ministry and in response the new plan will include components on promoting healthy lifestyles and working to create healthy environments.  An emphasis will be put on the importance of good information and self-responsibility  for health.  MannionDaniels is supporting the NHSP-III building on its earlier involvement in the Mid-Term Review of the current NHSP-II. The work on the new sector programme is on-going and should be completed by the end of the year.

 


MannionDaniels welcomes Oliver Hough

We are pleased to have Olly join the team at MannionDaniels in our Bath offices.  Olly is our new Finance Manager, where his role encompasses all aspects of financial management of the company.  He is also engaging as a core team member for the SRHR Fund, to be launched in September 2014.  Olly has a range of experience in finance, research and operations gained principally from the legal and media sectors over the last 10 years.  He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of the West of England and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

 


The Girl Summit 2014

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On the 22nd July 2014, MannionDaniels’ Director, David Daniels, attended the 2014 Girl Summit in London. Co-hosted by UNICEF, the aim of the summit was to highlight the plight of young girls all over the world; millions undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and face child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). With over 700 attendees from all over the world, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, the message was loud and the message was clear: we need to mobilise international and domestic efforts to put an end to these violent, harmful and discriminatory practices.

Chaired by Sudanese-British broadcaster Zeinab Badawi, and hosted by Home Secretary Theresa May and Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, scores of supporters mobilised behind the movement: heads of state, practitioners, community groups, grass-roots organisations and survivors. Speaking about the event, David said that Girl Summit 2014 really ‘felt [like] a new, multinational commitment to join together and do something proactively about FGM and CEFM, pushing further than just thinking about legislation.’ He added that the huge turnout, including political leaders from around the world and the involvement of youths on an impressive scale, were key indicators that – slowly but surely – the world is beginning to not only listen, but take action.  MD is involved in the DFID implementing consortium for social change communication on FGM, and has recently completed technical appraisals in Somalia and Sudan.


MannionDaniels welcomes Marilyn Mc Donagh

MannionDaniels are pleased to announce that Marilyn Mc Donagh has joined the team as our new Health Sector Adviser. She will be providing technical support, particularly to our work in Africa. Marilyn is an experienced public health professional with over 30 years’ experience focusing particularly on strengthening health systems to deliver evidence-based Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition services to poor women and children. Her extensive experience spans a number of established organisations including Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF and Save the Children Fund (SCF). She has also worked in a number of countries (Laos, Pakistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya and Burundi) and environments, including fragile states. For the last four years, she has been a consultant working on a wide range of subjects including MNCH; HIV/AIDS; strengthening health systems; Aid and Effectiveness; and as a member of an ICAI team reviewing DFID’s thematic support to Nutrition. MannionDaniels are delighted to have Marilyn on board – a warm welcome from the team.