- Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Family Planning
- Women, Girls, and HIV
- 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?
Family Planning Policy Restrictions and HIV
Attacks on international family planning funding and policy hinder the progress of U.S. efforts to provide effective HIV prevention, care, and treatment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) strategy. Here are three big threats:
Reduced Funding for International Family Planning:
Insufficient funding for voluntary family planning services reduces access to some of the most basic tools for HIV prevention and treatment. Family planning providers are at the center of the HIV pandemic. They have the skills and the opportunity to provide quality, rights-based, comprehensive services that integrate and link HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and voluntary family planning; address gender-based violence; support comprehensive sex education; and engage men and boys.
How insufficient funding for family planning affects the fight against HIV/AIDS:
- Cuts to family planning funding would result in increased unintended pregnancies, abortions, and maternal deaths among women, including those living with HIV.
- Funding cuts to family planning would weaken global efforts to combat gender-based violence, stigma, and gender inequality, which drive the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Reproductive health programs (including family planning) are often the point of entry for those seeking testing and treatment for HIV. Without sufficient funds, the reach of these programs is limited.
- Effective integration and linking of HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and voluntary family planning depends on robust funding for all three services. Insufficient funding for one program area compromises overall health outcomes.
Eliminating the U.S. contribution to UNFPA:
UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) is the largest multilateral provider of voluntary family planning and maternal health services globally. UNFPA also provides critical HIV/AIDS services, such as promoting comprehensive female and male condom programming and integrating HIV services within reproductive health programming (including family planning).
How eliminating the U.S. contribution to UNFPA affects the fight against HIV/AIDS:
- UNFPA reaches countries that U.S. family planning and PEPFAR funding do not. Eliminating the U.S. contribution would decrease access to HIV/AIDS, family planning, and other reproductive health services worldwide.
Imposing the Global Gag Rule (or Mexico City Policy):
The Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign organizations receiving U.S. family planning funds from using their own non-U.S. funds to provide information about abortion, to offer referrals or services for legal abortion, or to advocate for the legalization or decriminalization of abortion.
How imposing the Global Gag Rule affects the fight against HIV/AIDS:
- The Global Gag Rule has resulted in reproductive health programs (including family planning) losing access to U.S.-donated contraceptives and significant financial resources, causing staff and service reductions.
- The Global Gag Rule puts the lives of women living with HIV at risk. Women living with HIV who are seeking voluntary abortion services stake their lives on access to honest information from their health providers, including provision of or referral to safe, legal abortion services.
- The New York Times: High Court Weighs Dispute Over AIDS Funding
April 22, 2013
- Huffington Post: The Right to Fight AIDS
April 22, 2013
- U.S. spends N450bn on Nigeria’s health sector programmes in 10 yrs – Envoy
April 18, 2013
- Alicia Keys campaigns for HIV education
April 16, 2013
- United States Announces $10 Million in Support for G-8 Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative
April 11, 2013
- Reuters: Prostitution policy splits NGOs in top court AIDS case
April 10, 2013
- Huffington Post: Why the Global Fund Is a Terrific Investment
April 8, 2013
- As anti-prostitution pledge heads to Supreme Court, public health leaders file brief against it
April 4, 2013
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- Infographic: AIDS-free Generation? Not Without Women
We can't create an AIDS-free generation without women: Visualize the numbers.
- GHI Implementation and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Guatemala: A Progress Report
A preliminary analysis of the U.S. Global Health Initiative in Guatemala finds that resource and policy constraints are a barrier to progress.
- 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.
- Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the U.S. Global Health Initiative
The U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) is a comprehensive policy approach that seeks to strengthen and increase the efficiency of existing U.S. global health programs.
- What Does Family Planning Have to do With HIV? Everything.
Voluntary family planning is an indispensible component of HIV prevention and treatment.
- Americans for UNFPA
- Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
- Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
- International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
- PEPFAR Watch
- Population Action International (PAI)
- Prevention Now!
- Reproductive Health Matters