The International Conference on Population and Development ( ICPD Cairo 1994), marked a new beginning for policy making on reproductive health and population issues. However even though it is nearly 15 years from Cairo, much remains to be done to secure quality reproductive health information and services and full acknowledgement of reproductive rights in policy making and programme formulation. Maternal health, infant health and family planning indicators continue to be poor and services distant for millions of people across South Asia and even Millenium Development Goals related to reproductive health may not be met. It is essential to strengthen process of advocacy so that the changes that have begun in policy formulation and programme implementation can be sustained and made more effective. CHSJ proposed to further strengthen this process by organizing a eight day training programme on Reproductive Health and Rights Advocacy.
The training was meant for middle to senior functionaries of organizations that have an agenda of influencing policy and programme level changes.
This programme was organized in collaboration with the Population Leadership Program of the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) and SAHAYOG ( India) and was held between July 22 and 30, 2008 at Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, India.