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THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL, 2021

The object of this Bill is to protect and facilitate the attainment of the life-course sexual and reproductive health and rights of all persons in the Community; to provide for the progressive realization of integrated sexual and reproductive health information and services as part of the universal health coverage of each Partner State; to prohibit harmful practices from the Community and provide for related matters.

The Bill is anchored on Article 118 of the Treaty, in accordance with which Partner States committed to cooperate generally in health and specifically in the development of reproductive health and to harmonise national health policies and regulations in order to achieve quality health within the Community.

The Bill recognises the obligation of Partner States under several international, continental and Community frameworks, to respect, protect and fulfil the right to health by facilitating, providing and promoting the highest attainable standard of health and providing measures towards the full realization of the right to health.

The Bill further seeks to strengthen the mechanisms to facilitate attainment by the  Community of the goal to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes by 2030 as enshrined in the EAC Integrated Reproductive Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health Policy Guidelines, 2016-2030 and the EAC Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Strategic Plan.

An elaborate process of enacting the Bill has been drawn jointly by the civil society actors coordinated by EANNASO as well as legislative members of the Committee on General Purposes.

EANNASO chairs a Regional Task Team (RTT) which is made-up of selected regional and national organizations for coordination and engagement of Civil society and communities to spearhead the advocacy actions towards the EAC SRH Bill and guide the RTT actions at regional and national level to enable a harmonized advocacy intervention. Faith to Action Network is the Co- chair of the Regional Task Team.

Regional Dialogue for Stakeholders on EAC Sexual Reproductive Health Bill.

The RTT is made up of the following organizations/ members: