WHO: Representatives of 9 East African countries will convene for a workshop on scaling up and strengthening national responses to the region’s Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) crisis. The workshop has been organized by the Government of Uganda, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), USAID and Family Health International.
WHAT: The five-day workshop will provide technical guidance to the participants and build their skills on ways to accelerate national responses to the crisis. It will build upon three previous workshops held in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
WHEN: 19-23 April, 2004
WHERE: Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda
WHY: Each of the nine countries participating in the meeting (Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) is working to address an unprecedented orphan crisis. Following a series of pan-African meetings since 2000, consensus now exists that countries need to implement five, key actions in order accelerate their responses to the
crisis. The five are as follows:
The Entebbe workshop will help national, multi-sectoral teams to comprehend the magnitude and urgency of the problem, and build their skills for implementing the five actions.
For more information, please contact:
Chulho Hyun, UNICEF Media, Kampala 077 222347
Anne-Lydia Sekandi, UNICEF Media, Kampala 077 409016