Policy Briefs

Our Vision: Integrated Health Services For All Women and Girls, Everywhere

Posted on September 15, 2015

On June 15 and 16, 2015, 25 advocates from across sub-Saharan Africa and the United States came together to create an integrated prevention agenda for women by women. With an eye towards the large body of existing work on integration, the purpose of the meeting was to create a shared vision from advocates and providers across different fields and to acknowledge the multiple entry points for this work. This is our vision.

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Prevention Now: An Integration Agenda For Women, By Women

Posted on September 1, 2015

Imagine a world in which a woman can walk into one health clinic and have all of her health needs met, free of discrimination, financial barriers, or bureaucratic inefficiencies. Her needs may include family planning and contraception; STI diagnosis and treatment; HIV prevention, treatment, and care; maternity care; safe abortion; and gender-based violence prevention and care. These services are intimately connected in the lives of women and girls but are not always integrated at the service level. And, in order for access to integrated services to become a reality, advocacy strategies directed at policies, national processes, and funding must also be linked.

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What Does Female Condom Advocacy Look Like?

Posted on February 12, 2015

In 2006, CHANGE launched the Prevention Now! Campaign, a global initiative to increase access to woman-initiated prevention methods, especially female condoms, to stem the spread of HIV and reduce unintended pregnancies. Since then, the campaign has successfully increased US political, programmatic, and financial support for female condom procurement and programming. CHANGE commissioned the Iris Group to conduct qualitative research to gather donors’ and female condom advocates’ perspectives on what effective female condom advocacy looks like, and how CHANGE has supported such advocacy through its Prevention Now! Campaign.

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Mainstreaming Female Condom Uptake: The U.S. Government’s Current and Potential Global Role

Posted on July 16, 2014

As a committed partner in the Life-Saving Commodities Commission and major procurer of female condoms for global distribution, the U.S. has a vested interest in making sure female condoms find widespread success. However, inadequate attention to investment in female condom programming creates a barrier to success.

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Creating a Prevention Agenda for Women

Posted on July 9, 2014

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and AVAC convened an initial strategy think tank in May 2013 with 30 global stakeholders working on women’s sexual and reproductive health to chart a course forward in developing and advancing a prevention agenda for women as a key part of a broader sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda. Building on recent gains in policy and political will, the meeting participants identified a number of critical needs and opportunities for action in the coming 24 months.

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The Legal Landscape for Abortion Provision In U.S. Foreign Assistance

Posted on December 16, 2013

This brief is a comprehensive analysis of three distinct but overlapping legal systems that inform prohibition or provision of funding for abortion services through United States foreign assistance programs.

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U.S. Global HIV Policy: Combination Prevention

Posted on August 21, 2012

This paper outlines why the U.S. must support a true combination prevention strategy, one that scales up proven biomedical tools, integrates sexual and reproductive health services into HIV prevention, and addresses social barriers to HIV prevention.

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GHI Implementation and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Guatemala: A Progress Report

Posted on June 18, 2012

A preliminary analysis of the U.S. Global Health Initiative in Guatemala finds that resource and policy constraints are a barrier to progress.

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