Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 5:48 am

In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to the end of their term, and a post-2015 agenda, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), takes their place. This WHO report looks back 15 years at the trends and positive forces

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Advocating Female Condoms. A Reflection on Stakeholders Commitments & Trends in Support for Female Condoms

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In this study, commissioned by UAFC and carried out by Context, international cooperation, stakeholder commitments and trends in support for female condoms between 2010 and 2015 are analysed, in order to provide entry-points and recommendations for future female condom advocacy.

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Universal Access to Reproductive Health: Progress and Challenges

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Universal access to reproductive health affects and is affected by many aspects of life. It involves individuals’ most intimate relationships, including negotiation and decision-making within these relationships, and interactions with health providers regarding contraceptive methods and options. This report seeks

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WHO guideline for brief sexuality-related communication: implications for STI/HIV policy and practice

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 10:46 am

Reproductive Health Matters. Volume 23, Issue 46, November 2015, Pages 177–184 doi:10.1016/j.rhm.2015.11.009 Abstract Brief sexuality-related communication (BSC) aims to identify current and potential sexual concerns and motivate those at risk to change their sexual behaviour or maintain safe sexual behaviour. BSC

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The history and role of the criminal law in anti-FGM campaigns: Is the criminal law what is needed, at least in countries like Great Britain?

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Reproductive Health Matters. Volume 23, Issue 46, November 2015, Pages 145–157. doi:10.1016/j.rhm.2015.10.001 Abstract The history of campaigns against female genital mutilation (FGM) began in the 1920s. From the beginning, it was recognised that FGM was considered an important rite of passage

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“Sex is sweet”: women from low-income contexts in Uganda talk about sexual desire and pleasure

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Reproductive Health Matters. Volume 23, Issue 46, November 2015, Pages 62–70. doi:10.1016/j.rhm.2015.11.012   Abstract In many patriarchal societies in Africa, heterosexuality is privileged as the single legitimate form of sexual interaction; other sexualities are marginalised because they are perceived as un-African,

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What the eye does not see: a critical interpretive synthesis of European Union policies addressing sexual violence in vulnerable migrants

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Reproductive Health Matters. Volume 23, Issue 46, November 2015, Pages 45–55 Abstract In Europe, refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants are more vulnerable to sexual victimisation than European citizens. They face more challenges when seeking care. This literature review examines how

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Advocating for sexual rights at the UN: the unfinished business of global development

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Reproductive Health Matters. Volume 23, Issue 46, November 2015, Pages 31–37 Abstract Twenty years ago, governments agreed that the right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on all matters related to one’s sexuality, free from coercion, discrimination and

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“I was on the way to the hospital but delivered in the bush”: Maternal health in Ghana’s Upper West Region in the context of a traditional birth attendants’ ban

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Social Science & Medicine. Volume 148, January 2016, Pages 8–17 Highlights The ban of TBAs in resource poor settings may be counterproductive. Policies banning TBAs may need revisiting in skilled worker deprived contexts. Women in remote locations expressed relevance of TBAs

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Migrant maternity in an era of superdiversity: New migrants’ access to, and experience of, antenatal care in the West Midlands, UK

Posted on at 10:38 am

Social Science & Medicine. Volume 148, January 2016, Pages 152–159 Highlights Migrants in the West Midlands receive less antenatal care than the general population. Immigration status rather than ethnicity is a key factor in determining access. Structural barriers mean some migrants

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