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REPORT ON THE 15TH ANNUAL STAKEHOLDER’S GENERAL MEETING AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF SOUTHEAST PACNET, HELD AT CITY LAND MARK HOTELS, AWKA NIGERIA ON THE 1ST AND 2ND DECEMBER 2017 INTRODUCTION

South east PAC-Net holds it’s Annual Stake Holders Meeting and Scientific Conference – usually on the 1st weekend of December every year. The 2017 meeting was held at City Land Mark Hotels Awka on Friday first and Saturday second December 2017. Altogether, approximately 102 stakeholders attended the meeting, comprising of members drawn mostly from Anambra State, and also delegate from Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States. Representatives of Ipas Nigeria and Mariestopes Nigeria were also present at the meeting and made presentations at the scientific conference. The annual general meeting was chaired by the SE-PAC-Net Zonal Coordinator Prof. J.I.Brian-D Adinma, while the scientific conference was chaired by the Chief Medical Director of ChukwuemekaOdumegwuOjukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Dr. Basil Nwankwo.Conference Theme/Sub ThemesThe theme of the Conference was – ‘‘Challenges of Maternal and Child Health Care under the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria’’, while the sub themes were – ‘‘Adolescent Reproductive Health and Sexuality’’; ‘‘Family Planning save lives’’.Events:Members/delegates started arriving the conference venue by mid-day of Friday 1st December 2017. Registration commenced along with pool side events, carried by members of the youth wing of PACNet – swimming, dancing, snacking and other forms of entertainments. Later in the evening, the youth forum activities were held by the pool side, which included talks and variety shows. Leadership and other motivational talks were presented by three speakers, at intervals interspersed by various performances. The speakers included – Rev. Fr. Jude Chukwuneke, an acclaimed youth leadership organizer and coordinator Youth Alive Nigeria; Prof. Brian D Adinma, Professor of Reproductive Health, and Coordinator Southeast PAC-Net and Professor Barr. Emma Omeh, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Network of the Bar, Bench and Police Enugu State.The evening was marked with very rich musical performances and dances, including solos, duet and choreography.Dinner was served together with assorted drinks. Most of the evening was spent on dancing and merry making.THE AGM AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCEThe second day of the events – 2nd December, marked the Annual General Meeting followed by the scientific presentations. The stakeholders AGM was chaired by the Zonal Coordinator Prof. J.I.B Adinma. In attendance were the Ebonyi State Coordinator, Prof. Pep Ibekwe, the Anambra State Deputy Coordinator, Dr. Joe Ugboaja, the representative of the Imo State Coordinator, Dr. Emily Nzeribe and the Zonal Youth-wing coordinator, Mr.MbanugoChijioke, amongst others. Enugu and Abia state coordinators were neither present nor represented. The zonal secretary Mrs.OziomaUkagha was also absent and her role had to be performed by the Anambra State Secretary, Dr.OnyinyeIfezue together with the Zonal Youth-Wing Secretary Miss EbubeAkosa. The meeting progressed uneventfully along the items in the agenda. The focal point of the meeting was the discussion on the information concerning the willingness of Population Services International (PSI), and International Funding Agencies to work with SE-PAC-Net in all its focal states, and in addition to the renew enthusiasm of Ipas and Marie Stopes Nigeria to partner with the network. The poor performance of the states other than Anambra and Ebonyi was a major source of concern to the participants especially in the light of the envisaged scaling up of SE-PAC-Net activities in the state. It was speculated that the poor performance of the states could be linked to the low enthusiasm of the state leadership which no doubt would have affected the mobilisation of membership especially the youth.It was suggested therefore that:-1.The zonal coordinator re-enlisted the willingness of leadership at various states to continue as coordinators/deputy coordinators as the case maybe.2.That a life line of atleast one hundred thousand naira to begin with be given to each of the states following the expression of willingness of the state leadership to continue the coordination of the network at their states.3.Emphasis should be place on the mobilisation and organisation of youth wing of each states,who should similarly be prepare commencing early enough, towards participating in the next conference – the 6th Biennial Conference proposed to be held in Imo state by the first weekend of December, 2018.The meeting also witnessed the inauguration of the new 2017/2018 South East Zonal Youth Wing executive officers. The scientific conference was chaired by Dr. Basil Nwankwo, the CMD of COOUTH. Two guest scientific presentations were made 1.Title: Pathway to comprehensive Medical Care for Victims of Violence in Nigeria byEdosaOviaweof Ipas Nigeria2.Title: Saving Women’s life, reducing death from unsafe abortion with Mariprist byChidiebereAnyawu ofMarie StopeNigeriaIn addition two other scientific presentations were made by two members of the youth wing– Awareness and practise of family planning among women of child bearing age in NAUTH, Nnewi by OdiegwuEkeneAnselem and Prevalnce, Causes and Outcome of Anaemia in Pregnancy among Pregnant Women that presented at the NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi by Kalu Emmanuel Ohoro. The conference came to an end at about 3:00pm, followed by launch and departure of the participants.Dr.OnyinyeIfezueSecretary, Anambra PAC-Net. 

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