The EAC Regional State of Women's Children's and Adolescents' Health and HIV/AIDS Report is a produced biennially in line with the directive of the 11th EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health. The aim of the report is to ensure healthy lives and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents by eliminating preventable maternal, newborn, adolescent health and child deaths and is a response to global commitments to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases by 2030.
This report was developed in a consultative manner with input from a wide array of stakeholders in the EAC Partner States, including Public, Civil and Private Sector players. In-country and regional consultations (EAC Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) on RMNCAH and HIV/AIDS & STIs) were also held to review and validate the data presented in the report. All indicators describing the status of RMNCAH in the EAC region were derived from the EAC RMNCAH Score Card Indicators.
The process of compiling report had wide-ranging limitations amongst which were different planning cycles from Partner States, absence of annually updated routine health information reports and complete country data sets to analyze trends over a given period of time, gaps and variations in data sets and information collected and overall the Covid-19 pandemic which had negatively affected the consultative processes, undertaking of Demographic Health Surveys hence some of the important national data among Partner States are missing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed considerable challenges for countries to maintain the provision of high quality, essential maternal and newborn health services. Due to pandemic resources are forced to be diverted to address the pandemic. In addition, re-allocation of human resources causes staff scarcity and allocation imbalances between maternal health clinics and COVID-19 pandemic services
The document will be shared once approved by the 21st Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health.