- Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Family Planning
- Women, Girls, and HIV
- Rights-Based Maternal Health
- U.S. Foreign Policy & Funding
- Watch: Making U.S. Foreign Assistance Work for Women and Girls in Ethiopia
- Female Condoms and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Family Planning Policy Restrictions and HIV
- U.S. Global Health Initiative
- Global Gag Rule
- Helms Amendment
- Foreign Assistance Budget
- Foreign Assistance Reform
- Kemp-Kasten Amendment
- Abstinence & Fidelity
- Anti-Prostitution Pledge
- Advocacy and Foreign Assistance
- Why Women and Girls?
Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health
CHANGE believes that comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programs and services are the most effective approaches for preventing maternal mortality and morbidity, fighting HIV and AIDS, and meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and young people while also promoting human rights. When reproductive and sexual health programs are segregated from each other, it increases barriers to access and neglects the connections that exist among sexual and reproductive health issues.
CHANGE approaches this question from a woman’s standpoint: what combination of services, programs, and referral systems and what set of rights protections does one need to achieve optimal sexual and reproductive health? If the U.S. government is to help meet the world’s target of achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015, U.S. policymakers must ask the same question.
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Source8 - In sub-Saharan Africa, women 15-24 years old are 8 times more likely than men to be HIV positive.
Source340 million - Each year there are 340 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Source0 - Emergency contraception (EC) is not distributed by USAID.
Source$6.7 billion - Fulfilling the unmet need for modern family planning methods would cost, in total, $6.7 billion annually.
Source20 million - Worldwide, there are over 20 million unsafe abortions every year.
Source215 million - Worldwide, 215 million women who want to avoid a pregnancy are not using an effective method of contraception.
Source35 - In real terms, U.S. support for family planning is at the same level now as it was 35 years ago.
Violence Against Women Act (Vawa) passes Senate but is not renewed after Republicans take issue with new provisions
Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.
CNN, November 30, 2011 - The Nigerian senate has passed a bill banning same-sex marriages, defying a threat from Britain to withhold aid from nations violating gay rights. The bill by Africa's most populous nation calls for a 14-year sentence for anyone convicted of homosexuality. Anyone who aids or "abets" same-sex unions faces 10 years in prison, a provision that could target rights groups.
What is it with women and girls? Why are we always left behind? Why can’t we choose the things we want to be a part of? Why must we always race to the front, rather than be left peacefully alone when we would rather not partake? Is it because, as women, we are strong, powerful, and the foundation of our society?
Childbirth will prove fatal for one in 27 women in Ethiopia and much of the rest of the continent, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), versus a rate of one in 8,000 in industrialized countries
"What exactly does maternal health or immunizations or the fight against HIV and AIDS have to do with foreign policy?" Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton queried a packed crowd of faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies on Monday. "Well, my answer is 'everything.' "
"If you look at the increase of HIV in the country while we've been applying the ABC concept all these years, then it is evident that ABC is not the answer," said Dr Derek von Wissell, Director of the National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA).
United States foreign policy abortion restrictions have often hampered African NGOs’ efforts to reduce deaths and disabilities associated with unsafe abortion procedures. In a positive recent development, however, the fight for African women’s access to safe abortion services took a small but important step forward.
Creating a Prevention Agenda for Women
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.Download this PDF
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The Legal Landscape for Abortion Provision In U.S. Foreign Assistance
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.Download this PDF
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US Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally: What Does it Mean for SRH?
The 2012 United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally is the country’s first comprehensive, multi-sector approach to gender-based violence. What does it mean for sexual and reproductive health?Download this PDF
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Fact Sheet: U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security
The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP) was issued by executive order by President Barack Obama in 2011. What does it say about sexual and reproductive health and rights?Download this PDF
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U.S. Global HIV Policy: Combination Prevention
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.Download this PDF
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GHI Implementation and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ethiopia: A Progress Report
A preliminary analysis of the implementation of the U.S. Global Health Initiative in Ethiopia finds that a focus on women and girls is already making a difference.Download this PDF
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Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Topics
There are three essential components of sexual and reproductive health care: family planning, sexual health, and maternal health.
In 2010, CHANGE conducted a study tour in Ethiopia and identified effective practices and obstacles in providing comprehensive services in low-resource settings.
In the Dominican Republic, NGOs offering integrated services are able to provide higher quality care than their public counterpart.