The 9th APCRSHR will be organized from the 27th to the 30th of November 2017 in Vietnam, and will be hosted by the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA). It will be the first time the conference will be held in Vietnam. The APCRSHR is organized every two years as a shared platform for all interested parties from diverse sectors, organizations, individuals, as well as media agencies and civil society organizations (CSOs) who wish to raise their voices regarding the matters of reproductive and sexual health and rights.
The Asia-Pacific is an area of rapid growth and transition. The benefits and costs of development are, however, not shared equitably among the countries and peoples of the region. In health, and even more in sexual and reproductive health, poor and marginalised communities miss out on good quality treatment and services.
Increased commercialisation and privatisation of health care, while expanding choices for the better off, results in double standards and restricted access for the underprivileged. This situation is particularly worrisome because universal health coverage is absent or inadequate, and sexual and reproductive health programmes are not always included.
Political, cultural and religious values discriminate against women, gender, and sexual minorities. Also, social exclusion is a real barrier to accessing information and services. To address these and other equity challenges, there is a need to promote justice in and
through sexual and reproductive health. This requires a rethinking of policies and practices to ensure that marginalised and disadvantaged peoples are placed centre-stage in the regional and national responses. To support such work, civil society movements should
participate as equal partners in decision-making to promote person-centred sexual and reproductive health and health care.
To bring about the SDG promise of ‘nobody’ being left behind, let’s work together towards justice in sexual and reproductive health. The Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights or APCRSHR is a biennial gathering of civil society, young people, academia, government, media, private sector, and development partners from the region concerned about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Eight succeeding conferences were hosted by countries across Asia including the Philippines (2001), Thailand (2003), Malaysia (2005), India (2007), China (2009), Indonesia (2011), Philippines (2014), and Myanmar (2016) with more than 10.000
These conferences had varying themes to address SRHR in the broarder context of global health and development, including HIV and AIDS and community health systems, engaging audiences in articulating common challenges and united actions. The first day of the conference is dedicated to youth participants; it is the only conference of this nature in the region that focuses on engaging and nurturing youth leadership in scholarship, advocacy and networking for SRHR.
The 9th APCRSHR will be organized from the 27th to the 30th of November 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam, and will be hosted by the Vietnam Public Health Association and SRHR CSO partners. This will be the first time the conference is being held in Viet Nam where there have been big changes in laws and policies related to SRHR.
To review the Asia Pacific’s accomplishments, good practices for diverse populations
particularly adolescents and youth, women of reproductive age, men, and the elderly, the
different stakeholders’ roles and accountability, lessons learned, issues and challenges in
realizing the ICPD-PoA and in attaining the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
(SRHR)-related MDGs, SDGs.