CST Internal Seminar
On 7-9 December 1998, the UNFPA Country Support Team for the South
Pacific held an internal technical workshop. The focus of the workshop was on management
of reproductive health programmes in small Pacific island countries in the post
Discussions during the two and a half days centred on 3 main issues in
managing RH programmes in these island countries, namely constraints and challenges;
operationalization of reproductive health programmes and development of an enabling
environment for RH programmes.
Visiting resource people included Ms. Marilyn Rice WHO/TSS
Health Education and Promotion Specialist and Mr. Azfar Khan, TSS Specialist in Migration,
Urbanization and Population Distribution based at ILO Geneva. On 8 December, Mr. Azfar
gave a public lecture on "Population, poverty and employment" attended by
(Right) Mr. Azfar Khan talking about "Population, Poverty and Employment" during his
The Adviser on Reproductive Health & Gender was in the United
Kingdom from 6-18 September 1998 to attend the Reproductive Health Programme Evaluation
Course conducted by the Institute of Population Studies at the University of Exeter.
The primary objectives of the course were to strengthen the knowledge and skills of the
participants in evaluating RH programmes and to increase understanding of the role of
evaluation in RH programme development.
On 26-30 October 1998, the Adviser on Population Policies and Development
Strategies participated in the Thematic Workshop: "Population, Poverty and the
Environment" at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. Its objective was to assist TSS and
CST staff to identify the programming implications of the complex array of linkages
between population trends, the incidence of poverty and environmental degradation, and to
deal with such implications in programme and project design as well as technical
The Adviser on Reproductive Health (Programme) and the Adviser on
Population Advocacy and IEC, attended a thematic workshop entitled Applications of IEC
and Advocacy to Reproductive Health which was held in Geneva on 26-30 October for TSS
specialists and Country Support Team Advisers.
On 14-18 December, 1998, the Adviser on RH (Programme) participated in
a Design Workshop for a Distance Learning Module On Reproductive Health Including
Family Planning And Sexual Health. The workshop was organized by Mr. Arnfinn
Jorgensen-Dahl, Principal Programme Development Officer at the UN Staff College,
International Training Centre of the ILO at Turin, Italy.
The UN Statistics Division organized a training workshop on the IMPS
software in Suva for 23 Pacific Island country census and statistics department personnel
from 14 countries from 29 June-17 July.
Mr. Yacob Zewoldi and Mr. Carlos Ellis of the UNSD served as resource persons for the
workshop. Other resource persons included Mr. Michael Levin (US Bureau of the Census), Mr.
Nuri Ozsever (Adviser on Population Data Processing and Data-base Management, UNFPA CST,
Bangkok) and Mr. Laurie Lewis (Adviser on Population Statistics, UNFPA CST, Suva).