A Jordanian delegation participated in the third international conference of Shernet Global (Co-creation: “Participation in translating knowledge together”), held during the period from 5 to 7 July 2022 in Colombia, organized by Shernet International and ShareNet Colombia , entitled “Access to quality information” on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (technologies, accessibility, translation of knowledge, new challenges such as combating disinformation).
The delegation included representatives from ShareNet Jordan, hosted by the Higher Population Council, the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Royal Society for Health Awareness, and a representative of the youth sector.
The conference aimed to present the latest knowledge and evidence on access to good information on reproductive health and rights, identify areas that require change, the type of knowledge products and processes needed to improve policies and programs, knowledge products and develop outputs in partnership with content experts and specialists in various media, analyze and formulate messages and language used in Knowledge products, and check the accessibility of the target audience.
In addition to working on the launch of a round of small awards from the Global ShareNet, which will focus on the implementation of these knowledge products, and provide the opportunity for learning, exchange and communication between international actors on sexual and reproductive health.
The Director of the Study and Policy Unit at the Higher Population Council and the coordinator of ShareNet Jordan, Ali Al-Mutlaq, indicated that ShareNet Jordan had previously set up a committee of practitioners to prepare for this conference of the relevant national authorities, where the committee prepared a report on Jordan’s situation on the subject of the conference to show the current situation. And the progress made in Jordan regarding sexual and reproductive health rights, using national strategies, reports and studies on this topic. In this regard, the report also touched on the importance of developing national legislation regulating information.
The report revised a definition of knowledge translation and the importance of linking research to policies, decision-making, planning and practices and indicated that one of the main links in the knowledge chain converts it into policies, laws and regulations.
The report emphasized that the development of sexual and reproductive health strategies depends on the evidence and data contained in reports and studies prepared in this regard, and highlighted the challenges facing sexual and reproductive health in Jordan, including the quality and organization of data and the interaction between decision makers and researchers.
The report indicated that what Jordanian institutions, in particular the Ministry of Digital Economy, are doing and pioneering in the use of information and communication technologies and efforts to serve health in general and sexual and reproductive health in particular, are one of the important models are used. by using this technology to serve the purposes of development and health in a way that guarantees the confidentiality and privacy of information and ethics that govern it.
He pointed out that people with disabilities play a significant part in society, as their ability to produce and care for them is a motive for institutional work to care for them and enforce their own legislation. The report believes that access to information on sexual and reproductive health for groups of society with disabilities is one of the rights that official institutions and civic organizations want to achieve.
He pointed out that the major challenge for sexual and reproductive health workers is the dissemination of misinformation, and the Corona pandemic has clearly shown the impact of misinformation in shaping individuals’ attitudes towards many issues and lessons learned. learned from this situation, and represents the media and access to sexual and reproductive health information A bridge between the service provider and its recipient and facilitates the process of alleviating these issues, as the official and private media form a cornerstone for promotion of ideas and trends related to sexual and reproductive health and the promotion of solutions and services developed by state institutions, entrepreneurs and solution makers in the private sector.
The report also reviewed the challenges of accessing sexual and reproductive health information at individual, community and national levels, including social and cultural barriers and a lack of coordination on the quantity, quality and timing of generation and sharing of information to prioritize , develops and implements solutions based on the evidence and proof gathered to solve a specific problem And the absence of scientific press specializing in sexual and reproductive health.
The report also included a proposal for a number of initiatives that reflect the gaps and challenges, including organizing meetings and workshops that bring together policymakers and researchers to establish better communication between the two sides to link policy with scientific evidence, and encourage researchers. to better understand the policy environment and implementation capacity, and to conduct a study on the needs of the elderly in the field of sexual and reproductive health, training of medical and psychological frameworks to address the needs of the elderly and support programs for longitudinal studies of the effects of sexual and reproductive health problems on the health of women and men, and supportive studies in the field of the contribution of sexual and reproductive health diseases to the overall burden of disease.