Lesotho 10 Years after ICPD, 1994

Tsoamathe Maseribane
Mapitso Lebuso, National University of Lesotho

The 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) set a stage in reproductive health and have significantly helped to improve health status in various setting especially in developing countries. A lot of countries after this conference took it upon themselves to reviewing their population policies and implementing strategies in line with the Program of Action (PoA) endorsed at the ICPD. The PoA shifted the scope of population policies from focusing solely on fertility reduction to a more inclusive approach with an emphasis on reproductive health, reproductive rights and gender equity. It also touched on concerns such as education of girls, gender equity and empowerment of women; infant, child and maternal mortality reduction; and the provision of universal access to reproductive health services, including family planning and sexual health. Lesotho which is a signatory to the PoA made initiatives to align herself with the PoA, much has been achieved but not without challenges.

Presented in Poster Session 1