Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health

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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.

See CHANGE's report Reproductive Justice for All: Toward a U.S. Foreign Policy on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Video: Making U.S. Foreign Assistance Work for Women and Girls in Ethiopia


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Take Action for Rape Survivors

Tell President Obama: Stand with women and girls raped in conflict or crisis. Ensure that U.S. funds can be used to provide safe, voluntary abortion care overseas in cases of rape, incest, and life-endangerment.

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Pledge to Take Action on Global Female Condom Day

Global Female Condom Day is September 16th! You can help advocate for greater access to female condoms by pledging to take action as part of a movement of women and allies around the world who are taking control of their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Click the link below to sign the pledge!

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Source8In sub-Saharan Africa, women 15-24 years old are 8 times more likely than men to be HIV positive.

Source340 millionEach year there are 340 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Source0Emergency contraception (EC) is not distributed by USAID.

Source$6.7 billionFulfilling the unmet need for modern family planning methods would cost, in total, $6.7 billion annually.

Source20 millionWorldwide, there are over 20 million unsafe abortions every year.

Source215 millionWorldwide, 215 million women who want to avoid a pregnancy are not using an effective method of contraception.

Source35In real terms, U.S. support for family planning is at the same level now as it was 35 years ago.

Guardian: Cario+20: what progress has been made on women’s rights?

Twenty years ago, 179 governments signed a landmark agreement that put women’s rights, empowerment and well-being at the centre of discussions about population growth and development. The outcome of the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994, moved away from the prevailing view that population could be controlled solely through family planning, and instead emphasised the importance of women’s social and economic empowerment to bring about change. Leaders are now meeting in New York to discuss progress since the Cairo agreement. But what do women’s rights campaigners think? They share their thoughts

Posted on September 22, 2014

Escape from the Islamic State Militant Group

As countries struggle to find ways to counter Islamic State militants, two teenage girls managed a rare, personal victory over the militants. Samira, 17, and Samia, 14, along with other members of Iraq’s non-Muslim Yazidi minority, were forced from their homes in Tal Azar, in northern Iraq, last month as Islamic State militants swept through the region.

Posted on September 15, 2014

US House votes not to reauthorise domestic violence funding bill

Violence Against Women Act (Vawa) passes Senate but is not renewed after Republicans take issue with new provisions

Posted on January 2, 2013

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

Posted on December 29, 2012

Nigerian senate passes anti-gay bill, defying British aid threat

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.

Posted on November 30, 2011

Women and HIV

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?

Posted on June 3, 2011

ETHIOPIA: Tackling the perils of pregnancy

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

Posted on August 17, 2010

Hillary Clinton Touts Global Health Initiative as Key Foreign Policy Tool

"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.' "

Posted on August 17, 2010

Creando espacios para promoción y defensa lideradas por jóvenes sobre SRHR

Creando espacios para promoción y defensa lideradas por jóvenes sobre salud y derechos sexuales y reproductivos: Un estudio de caso guatemalteco

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USAID Acting On The Call & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

In June 2014, USAID launched Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths. Based on USAID’s 18-month review of maternal and newborn child health funding, the action plan outlines USAID’s expressed commitment to end preventable child and maternal deaths by shifting resources to maternal health and family planning, and implementing technical approaches and proven interventions including family planning and HIV— major components of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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Creating Spaces for Youth-Led Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

On September 24-25, 2013, CHANGE and 30 Guatemalan civil society groups welcomed more than 200 youth from all over the country as participants in that country's first youth summit on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH). The event marked an important benchmark for coordinated youth advocacy with political leaders on ASRH in Guatemala, and also offers lessons beyond Guatemala for improving meaningful participation of youth in debates about adolescent and youth sexuality.

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PEPFAR Gender Strategy & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

In December 2013, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released its updated Gender Strategy. What does it mean for SRHR?

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USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

In March 2012, USAID launched the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. What are the policy's implications for SRHR?

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the Millennium Development Goals

The importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Millennium Development Goals

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Gender and the Millennium Development Goals

The importance of gender in the Millennium Development Goals

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USAID Youth in Development Policy & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

USAID released its Youth in Development Policy in October 2012 and implementation guide in September 2013. Recognizing that more than half of the world’s population today is under the age of 30 and living in developing countries, the policy emphasizes that investments in sexual and reproductive health and rights are critical to protect the well-being of young people and improve health, education, and economic outcomes.

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Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Topics

Components and Attributes

There are three essential components of sexual and reproductive health care: family planning, sexual health, and maternal health.

Comprehensive Services in Low-Resource Settings: Ethiopia

In 2010, CHANGE conducted a study tour in Ethiopia and identified effective practices and obstacles in providing comprehensive services in low-resource settings.

The Case for Comprehensive: Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, NGOs offering integrated services are able to provide higher quality care than their public counterpart.