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Committee for Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights

Committee for Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)

Composition of the Committee

  • Clive Roucou – Chairperson
  • John Hoareau – Vice Chairperson
  • Regina Esparon
  • Francois Adelaide
  • Noline Sophola
  • Audrey Vidot
  • Egbert Aglae

Support Staff

  • Genevieve Morel Secretary/ SADC PF Researcher
  • Samia Lebon Assistant Secretary

Terms of Reference of the Committee for Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR

Role and Purpose of the Committee

“The main role of the Committee will be to advocate and influence responses on Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

 

Tasks

In fulfilling its role and purpose, the Committee shall:

  • Engage with stakeholders including Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on legal and policy barriers which affect SRHR and hinder the fight against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases;
  • Develop and present white papers on key communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR issues and contribute to debates to mainstream Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR in legislation enacted by the National Assembly of Seychelles;
  • Contribute to debates, mainstream SRHR in legislation enacted by the National Assembly of Seychelles and address universal health coverage, thus ensuring access to medicines for Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR;
  • Consider Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR from a community perspective and promote participatory democracy in this respect through organization of oversight visits, field trips and public hearings that favour direct interaction with the citizenry and community leaders; and
  • Assist in the identification of reliable and evidence-based Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR-related information which may inform parliamentary interventions, with the assistance of stakeholders, and in this respect promote the involvement of competent observers who can act as information buffers.

 

Composition

  • The Committee shall be composed of seven (7) Members.
  • The Committee shall be gender balanced as far as it is practicable.
  • The Secretary and assistant Secretary of the Committee shall be appointed by the Secretariat.

 

Responsibilities

  • The Committee shall meet on a regular basis, but at least once every month.

 

More information on the Committee: 

This Committee of the 6th Assembly, formerly titled the Committee on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), convened for the first time as a Committee on 01st February 2017. The raison d’être of the Committee was, and still is, to meet the requirements of the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum vis-a vis the battle against HIV/AIDS and issues of SRHR. Hence the Committee is first and foremost guided by the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) which has developed a project to work with and strengthen the capacity of SADC national parliaments to advocate for and influence national responses to SRHR and HIV.

The first length of the project, which was approved in the SADC PF 35th Plenary Assembly Session in Mauritius, spanned over a four-year period from 2014-2018. Because of great demand and for continuity in work purposes, the project has now been renewed for a further 3 years effective July 2019. The National Assembly of Seychelles has once again committed itself to participate actively in various Health programmes relating to HIV/AIDS and SRHR under the project.

However, in a bid to broaden its scope of work at the national level the Committee met and found it necessary to change its name to become the Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS & SRHR Committee. With this also came the necessity to adopt a new terms of Reference (TOR) which came through a Motion tabled by the Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Clive Roucou on Wednesday 09th June 2019.

Since its conception, to the end of the project period in September last year, the Committee has been involved in various activities and has participated in various regional and international forums. Even after the closure of the project in August 2018, the Committee did not dissolve and has remained active to date hence the recent change in its name and TOR.

As it stands now, the role of the Committee for Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR is to advocate and influence responses to Communicable Diseases, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS in Seychelles and also in line with the SADC PF SRHR, HIV/AIDS and Governance project funded by the Swedish government.