The five-year phase of accelerating family planning in the 9 OP countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo) has come to an end. This phase, which began in 2016, aimed to increase the number of additional modern contraceptive users in these nine French-speaking West African countries by 2.2 million by the end of 2020.
Under the leadership of the Government of Togo and particularly the Ministry of Health, the 9th Partnership Meeting was organized by the UCPO from 14 to 17 December 2020 in virtual mode and with the theme: “All together towards a new objective”.
The objectives of this 9th Annual Meeting of the OP were to: (i) celebrate the successes and progress made in each of the 9 OP countries and the region during the decade 2011-2020; (ii) assess the difficulties, obstacles, and challenges faced by countries and actors (governments, donors, implementing partners, youth organizations and civil society organizations) during the period in their respective RH/FP interventions; (iii) discuss the new priorities for the decade 2021-2030 identified in the new OP strategy; (iv) identify relevant and effective strategies to be implemented in the short, medium, and long term to achieve the new OP objective by 2030.
An average of 400 participants per day took part in the sessions including official delegations from the 9 countries (representatives of governments, civil society, youth, local elected officials, religious leaders, journalists, representatives of the donor group, donors, regional institutions including the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the global FP2020 initiative, technical and financial partners, parliamentarians, mayors and private sector actors).
In terms of the methodological approach used, the meeting took place virtually through the Zoom conference platform and a face-to-face part at the level of the OP countries with delegations previously identified by the Ministry of Health and civil society. These delegations were composed of 05 representatives of the Ministry of Health, 05 from the Ministries of Finance/Social Affairs/Youth, 07 Youth, and 20 representatives of non-governmental organizations.
The first day, (December 14, 2020) was dedicated to young people. The 15th, 16th, and 17th of December were dedicated to plenary sessions, allowing speakers to address all participants directly. The latter had the opportunity to make interventions following the presentations. They also had the opportunity to ask questions live on the platform, make comments and recommendations through the chatbox. On the sidelines of these sessions, activities were organized in the mornings by CSOs from Togo, the host country, in both face-to-face and virtual modes.