IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in partnership with the Government of Zambia and Save the Children hosted the first ever Tripartite Cross Border Meeting on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and HIV Knows No Borders project from 2nd to 3rd November 2017 in Chipata, Eastern Province, Zambia. The project aims to contribute to improving SRHR-HIV Outcomes for Migrants, Adolescents and Young People and Sex Workers in Migration-Affected Communities in the project countries including Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
The purpose of the international meeting was to exchange experiences, expertise and ideas on sexual and reproductive health and HIV service delivery and uptake in border-lying districts of the three countries where the project is being implemented, namely Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi. The meeting was attended by stakeholders from Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, with Botswana present as an observer. The project targets adolescents and young people, sex workers, migrant and host populations along the transport corridor.
Speaking about the event, the IOM Zambia Chief of Mission, Ms. Marianne Lane, noted: “It is important to have a forum where sub national stakeholders from various sectors can periodically meet with counterparts from neighbouring countries to discuss issues of common interest in addressing SRHR – HIV and mixed migration issues. This meeting will provide an ideal platform to discuss such issues, including referrals across borders.”
Mr. Chanda Kasolo, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary for the Republic of Zambia, was guest of honour for the event. During his opening address he stated that: “Integration, as opposed to working in silos, is the way forward to reaching our developmental goals. In this regard, I wish to commend the International Organization for Migration and Save the Children (Zambia), in collaboration with the Provincial Health Director in Eastern Province and the Provincial Aids Coordination Advisor for coming up with this great initiative of hosting an important international dialogue on the SRHR-HIV Knows No Borders”.