Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is the concept of human rights applied to sexuality and reproduction. It is a combination of four fields that are treated as separate but are inherently intertwined, which include sexual health, sexual rights, reproductive health and reproductive rights. This includes those rights to equitable quality sexual health information and cares that adolescents, women, and sexual minorities.
A hackathon is an event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. With a background from tech challenges or solution-building marathons, other fields have employed this concept to create competitive environments where solutions to everyday problems can be demystified or ‘hacked.’ The healthcare field has not been exempted from this idea of creative problem solving for health-related issues. A successful hackathon would consist of both hacking and training.

The IPSF AfRO/PARO – FIP SRHR themed hackathon will be a training and hacking project
that will run for two (2) months (from May 24th to July 18th, 2021). For this hackathon, members from the IPSF African and Pan American Regional Offices will apply as teams to join the project. Each team will be assigned a mentor (SRHR expert) who shall be responsible for guiding the team by brainstorming a problem in the area of SRHR and ‘hacking’ that problem.
At the end of the project, a panel of judges shall adjudicate the hacks from the teams and announce a winner. There will be training sessions on various key SRHR topics from invited SRHR resource persons every two weeks during the project.