#APCRSHR10 virtual: online series for knowledge sharing, eLearning and dialogue on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific: June-December 2020

In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation, the convenor and International Steering Committee members of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR10) had announced on 1st June 2020 that the APCRSHR10 will evolve from an in-person conference to an ongoing virtual series.

On behalf of APCRSHR10 and Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) we are delighted to share that #APCRSHR10 virtual will be hosted every fortnight in the form of 14 online sessions-each of about 90 minutes duration- during June to December 2020.

#APCRSHR10 virtual will feature thematic online sessions with plenary speakers and top-ranking abstract presenters, among other insights and discussions around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), COVID-19 impact and SDGs in the Asia Pacific regional context.

Co-hosted by APCRSHR10/ RHAC and CNS, these online sessions will be streamed LIVE every fortnight from June to December 2020 on Facebook page of APCRSHR10 and CNS too.

There is no registration fee to attend APCRSHR10 virtual, and all are welcome! Those who attend and actively participate in at least any 7 of the 14 APCRSHR10 virtual sessions will be awarded an online certificate of participation in APCRSHR10 virtual in January 2021.

#APCRSHR10 virtual sessions will be:
  • Hosted on Zoom connecting online participants with SRHR leaders in Asia Pacific: www.bit.ly/apcrshr
  • Streamed on Facebook LIVE: www.facebook.com/apcrshr10
  • Recorded and made available on other social media (YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram TV, TikTok etc), APCRSHR10 and CNS websites
  • Processed into Podcasts (which will be available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, aCast, TuneIn, BluBrry, PodTail, etc)
  • Feed into in-depth thematic articles (which get published via CNS syndication)
  • Feed into articles written by APCRSHR10 Media Fellows from several countries in the region


APCRSHR10/ RHAC and CNS teams

#APCRSHR10 Virtual episodes

29 June 2020, Monday

 PLENARY SPEAKERProf Caroline Homer click here to see her presentation slides
 ABSTRACT PRESENTERCaecilia RothOpportunities for strengthening sexual health education in schools: Findings from a student needs assessment in NSW, Australia [click here for her presentation slides]
 ABSTRACT PRESENTER Than Nguyen Phuong Hai Needs Of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Of Students In Thai Nguyen University (TNU), Vietnam [click here for her presentation slides]
 ABSTRACT PRESENTER Jolly Mae Catalan An analysis of the age pattern of migration in Metro Manila and its sex differentials, 2005-2010 migration period
 ABSTRACT PRESENTER Rayner Kay Jin Tan Experienced homophobia and suicide ideation in young gay, bisexual, and queer men: Exploring the mediating role of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and outness in the Pink Carpet Y Cohort Study [click here for his presentation slides]

9 July 2020, Thursday
  • Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA Regional Director, Asia-Pacific: Bjorn was present at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, a transformative event that shaped his UN and development career.
  • Gita Sen, Harvard University and the Public Health Foundation of India: Gita played a prominent role at ICPD 1994, and has been a champion of the Programme of Action in India and globally, a key UNFPA partner who contributed to the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit in 2019as well.
  • Junice Melgar, Likhaan Center for Women's Health, Philippines: Junice has been a long-time champion of SRHR and family planning in the Philippines, playing a key role in advocating for the country's landmark Reproductive Health Law.
  • Catherine Harry, A Dose of Cath, Cambodia: An outspoken youth activist and media personality in what remains a conservative society, Catherine talks frankly about sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the rights and needs of young persons, with a highly popular YouTube channel and other multimedia platforms.
  • Cai Cong, SRHR and disability rights pioneer, China: Cong is widely regarded as a revolutionary in raising awareness of the realities of persons living with disabilities in China, breaking stereotypes and bringing about change - including in how society views SRHR issues vis-a-vis people like him. He attended ICPD25 Nairobi, and came away all the more inspired and determined to push ahead with his ground-breaking work. 
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#APCRSHR10 Virtual (3)
20 July 2020, Monday
  • Session Chair: Matelita Seva, Executive Director, Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji
  • Plenary speaker: Karen Hill, Director, Programmes and Operations Pacific for the International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Abstract presentations:
    • Helen Henderson | Access to male family planning methods in Timor-Leste: findings from a participatory, qualitative research project
    • Michelle O’Connor | Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Well-Being in the Republic of Fiji
    • Anna Ravendran, Kate Burry (on behalf of Family Planning New Zealand) | SRHR in Rural Vanuatu: Knowledge, Access and Barriers
    • Olanike Adedeji | Roadmap to achieving Zero Unmet need in the Pacific

Young people and SRHR in Asia Pacific
3rd August, Monday
  • Session Chair: Heidrun Fritze, Technical Analyst, Adolescents and Youth, UNFPA Asia Pacific
  • Plenary Speaker: Vu Tran Dung, Vice Chair, Youth LEAD
  • Abstract presentations:
    • Nalini Khurana | The cost of “growing up”: Intensification of regressive norms and practices impacting adolescent girls in Jharkhand, India
    • SM Shaikat | Ensuring Youth Voices by Establishing Sustainable National Platform for SRHR
    • Nicole Banister | Leveraging sport to improve perceptions of violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents: Insights gained from Grassroot Soccer’s play-based approach in Papua New Guinea
    • Shiang Cheng Lim | Overprotected and Underserved – Legal barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in South-East Asia countries

10th August, Monday
Moderator: Waimarama Matena (New Zealand)

  • Sarah Elago, Congressperson, Philippine House of Representatives, the Philippines
  • Ni Luh Eka Purni Astiti (Eka), “Get Up Speak Out” (GUSO) Programme Youth Country Coordinator, Indonesia
  • Tamani Rarama, Coordinator - Secretary Fiji Youth SRHR Alliance (FYSA), Fiji
  • Min Thet Phyo San, Myanmar Youth Stars & member of YouthLEAD, Myanmar
  • Pratishtha Deveshwar, Inclusion and Accessibility Rights Advocate, India
  • Lakey Tshering, Social Advocate & YPEER International Coordinator, Bhutan 

17th August, Monday
  • Session chair: Noelene Nabulivou, co-founder, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA), Fiji
  • Plenary speaker: Dr Adrian Hayes, School of Demography, Australian National University
    • Improving SRHR in an age of climate change and sustainable development
  • Abstract presentations
    • Leiloa Asaasa | SRH and building stronger Samoan communities through the Community Disaster and Climate Risk Management (CDCRM) program
    • Dr Safieh Shahriari Afshar | Humanitarian assistance through the provision of SRH services in flood affected areas of Golestan Province, Islamic Republic of Iran by Family Health Association of Iran
    • Biplabi Shrestha | Raising the bar on SRHR in the Age of Climate Change through Women and Earth (WORTH) Initiative
    • Dr Ashish Bajracharya | How Do Environmental Changes Affect the Health and Wellbeing of Vulnerable Populations in South and Southeast Asia: Evidence from Country Studies in Cambodia, India and Pakistan

  • Session Chair: Dr Ashish Bajracharya, Population Council's Deputy Director for global country strategy and regional representative for South and East Asia
  • Plenary speaker: Quazi AKM Mohiul Islam, former Director General, Directorate General of Family Planning, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
    • "COVID-19 and SRHR issues in Bangladesh"
  • Abstract presentations
    • Loida Almendares | Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Context of Socioeconomic Development and Equity Sustainable and innovative financing to ensure SRHR access to all, with "Public-Private Partnership Bridge Funding"
    • Dr Moazzam Ali | Are family planning vouchers effective in increasing use, improving equity and reaching the underserved? An evaluation of a voucher program in Pakistan
    • Prof Angela Dawson | Launch of the Asia Pacific Consortium for Emergency Contraception (APCEC)
    • Zahra Fathi Geshnigani | Investing for health, advocating on prioritizing resource mobilization and allocation for treatment of Sexual transmitted infections; sensitizing stakeholders and policy maker for supporting the HCV treatment for vulnerable groups in Iran
14th September 2020, Monday
  • Session Chair: Sono Aibe
  • Plenary speakers:
    • Caitlin Littleton, Regional Programme Adviser, HelpAge International, Asia Pacific
      • "Sexual health of older people: an overview"
    • Sai Jyothirmai Racherla, Deputy Executive Director, ARROW
      • "Reclaiming and Redefining Rights -Older Women's Health and Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific Region at ICPD+25"
    • Krishna Gautam, founder and Chair of AgeingNepal
      • "Not Leaving Older Adults Behind in the process of achieving SDG-2030"
  • Abstract presentations:
    • Dr Tey Nai Peng | Understanding the Sexual Behaviour of Older Men and Women in Malaysia
    • Prof Xiaoming Sun | Unmet Needs on Sexual and Reproductive Health among Women Aged 50-64 in Rural China
28 September 2020, Monday
  • Chair: Amy Williamson, Country Director, Marie Stopes International, Cambodia
  • Plenary speakers
    • Dr Suchitra Dalvie, coordinator, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)
      • "Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution"
    • Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Executive Director, ARROW
      • "Right to Safe Abortion: putting women at the centre of the discourse and practice"
  • Abstract presenters
    • Katherine Gambhir | Is Self-Administered Medical Abortion as Effective as Provider-Administered Medical Abortion? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    • Aryanty Riznawaty Imma | Challenges in Recording Abortion Related Complications at Health Facilities in Setting Where Abortion is Highly Restricted
    • Dr Yaghoob Foroutan | Abortion’s Patterns and Determinants in Iran: Attitudinal Dynamics
    • Maria Persson | Circumventing Prejudice and Creating a Safe Space: A Qualitative Study on Healthcare Providers’ Experiences of Providing Comprehensive Abortion Care in a Humanitarian Setting in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
12 October 2020, Monday
  •  Chair: Chonghee Hwang, Senior Manager, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)
  • Plenary Speaker: Tomoko Kurokawa, Humanitarian Advisor, UNFPA Asia Pacific
    • "Building Resilience across the Humanitarian Development Peacebuilding Nexus"
  • Abstract presenters:
    • Sahlil Ahmed | Challenges Health Workers Face While Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to Rohingya Refugees in Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: A Qualitative Study
    • Sayantan Chowdhury | Genesis of maternal mortality surveillance and response in the Rohingya refugee crisis
    • Sigma Ainul | Contraceptive non-use among the Rohingya and changing dynamics in post-displacement to Bangladesh
    • Manju Karmacharya | Transitioning from Minimum Initial Service Package to Comprehensive SRHR services responding Rohingya crisis in protracted Emergency in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

26 October 2020, Monday
  • Chair: Dr Eden R Divinagracia, Executive Director, Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare (PNGOC)
  • Plenary speaker: Beth Schlachter, Executive Director, Family Planning 2020 (FP 2020) | "Family planning progress to date and a collective vision for family planning post-2020"
  • Abstract presenters
    • Dr Neeta Shrestha | Visiting Service Provider Approach: reaching the unreached with Family Planning services
    • Dr Pramesh C Bhatnagar | Peer lead approach for Promoting change in socio-Cultural Norms in a conservative rural community so as to reduce child marriage and promote youth friendly SRHR: An Intervention from Khalikote Ganjam Rural area of Orissa India
    • Mehrin Shah | Increasing Lady Health Workers’ knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights: addressing knowledge gaps and improving linkages within rural communities in Pakistan
    • Elisa Oreglia, Camille Tijamo | Smartphone use and reproductive health in Cambodia: A qualitative, multi-disciplinary exploratory study

9 November 2020, Monday
  • Chair: Abia Akram, CEO, National Forum of Women with Disabilities
  • Plenary speakers:
    • Setareki S Macanawai, CEO, Pacific Disability Forum | "Transforming access to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services for women and young people with disabilities in the Pacific"
    • Tanzila Khan, Founder, Girly things, Creative Alley | "Connecting SRHR to Disability in new age of technology"
  • Abstract presenters
    • Dakshitha Wickremarathne | We Hear You - A Sign Language Glossary on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for people with hearing disability
    • Srei Chanda | Does the issue of sexual health outcome remain unaddressed among adults after a lower limb disability? An answer through exploratory study in India 
    • Shibu Shrestha | Experiences of young people specifically young people with disabilities in accessing FP services in Nepal 
    • An Nguyen | Accessing Reproductive Health Care Services For Women With Physical Disabilities In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Voice from the frontline: Phyu Nwe Win, Colorful Girls, Myanmar 

23 November 2020, Monday
  • Chair: Jennifer Butler, Director, UNFPA Pacific Sub Regional office based in Fiji
  • Plenary Speaker: Eamonn Murphy, Regional Director, UNAIDS, Asia and the Pacific | "Solidarity and Accountability: HIV, SRHR and the COVID response"
  • Abstract presenters:
  • Jude Tayaben | Successes, Pitfalls, and Moving Forward: Adivayan Youth Health Center- A school-based program addressing Adolescent Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Issues in Benguet, Philippines
  • Samreen | Integrating transgender health into HIV and SRHR programming in Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Harjyot Khosa | Stigma, sex work and non-disclosure to health care providers: Exploring dynamics of anal sex through community led monitoring to bridge gaps in HIV care continuum services
  • Angela Kelly Hanku, Agnes K. Mek | I can, I want, I will and Young & Positive: Two visual method projects with young women living with HIV in Papua New Guinea

7 December 2020, Monday
  • Chair: Prof Thein Thein Htay, former Deputy Health Minister, Myanmar; and honorary Professor, University of Public Health, Myanmar and University of Oslo, Norway; and visiting Professor, SEISA University, Yokohama, Japan 
  • Plenary Speaker: Sujata Tuladhar, Technical Specialist, Gender-based Violence, UNFPA Asia-Pacific | "Promising practices in addressing gender-based violence during COVID-19" 
  • Abstract presenters
  • Sovananry Tuot | Gender-based violence experiences and sexual and reproductive health among female entertainment workers in Cambodia: a cross-sectional study 
  • Melania Hidayat | Rapid Assessment of the Gender-Based Violence During the Emergency Situation in Palu, Sigi and Donggala - Central Sulawesi 
  • Sagar Sachdeva | Re-Evaluating Masculinities for SRH and GBV Programming 
  • Ajay Kumar Singh | Does asserting Sexual and Reproductive Rights Prevents Married Women from Marital Rape: An Exploratory Study from India 
  • Voice from the frontline: Prameswari Puspa Dewi, National Coordinator, KITASAMA (Koalisi Indonesia untuk Seksualitas dan Keberagaman/Indonesia Coalition for Sexuality and Diversity)

21 December 2020, Monday
  • Chair: Dr Chivorn Var, Convener of APCRSHR10 and Executive Director, Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) 
  • Plenary Speaker: CheyLeaphy Heng, Program Team Manager, Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) | "UPR as an advocacy strategy for SOGIE-SC issues in Cambodia"
  • Abstract presenters:
    • Saroj Tamang | Male-to-Female Transgender Community barrier and challenges in access of Sexual Health Services 
    • Saritha P Viswan | A review of transgender issues in India 
    • Sobo Malik | Limited Access to Health Rights Resulting in Increase Self Medication 
    • Ciptasari Prabhawanti | Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Risk and Condom Use Behaviors of Clients of Transgender Sex Workers in Jakarta, Indonesia 
  • Voice from the frontline: Rukshana Kapali, Nepal 
  • Closing Statement by APCRSHR10 Convener Dr Chivorn Var