Posted: Mar 28, 2017
New technologies for women`s HIV prevention – The payoff for sustainable development
The world is in the midst of an exciting conversation about human development: What kind of future do we want for our planet, and what would it take to achieve this vision? As endorsed by the United Nations (UN), the bold new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared statement of what must happen to advance human development by 2030. Gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls will be critical to achieving the aspirations set forth in the SDGs. This sentiment is reflected in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action: “Let the 21st century be the century of women. … The empowerment and rights of girls and women must be at the heart of everything we do.” That imperative begins with ensuring the health and well-being of women and girls, which must be prioritized in any effort to encourage sustainable growth.
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Available at: http://www.ipmglobal.org/sites/default/files/attachments/publication/new_technologies_sustainable_development_may_2016.pdf
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Female genital mutilation/cutting- A mandatory reporting tool to support health professionals
Female genital mutilation or traditional cutting (FGM/C) affects an estimated 100 to 140 million women and girls worldwide. Every year approximately two million girls undergo the procedure, which is internationally recognised as a gender-based health and human rights violation. FGM/C is predominantly practiced in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle Eastern countries and in some parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Pakistan. Women and girls are increasingly migrating to Australia from countries where FGM/C is widely practiced, so we need to develop timely and culturally appropriate healthcare, support and community education. Specific communities affected by FGM/C are increasing in Melbourne’s western region.
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This tool has been designed for practitioners, midwives and other health professionals that work with women and families from communities who practice FGM/C. Early intervention during prenatal care, birth and the early years of childhood development can prevent FGM/C. Health practitioners can support parents to abandon the practice by working with families from affected communities to provide education, information and referral.
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
2014 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNFPA–UNICEF JOINT PROGRAMME ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION/CUTTING: Accelerating Change
Throughout 2014, the UNFPA–UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change continued to build on the complementary expertise and mandates of the two agencies. Phase II, launched in 2014, benefits from a refined strategic framework, accumulated knowledge and results from previous years, strengthened partnerships and the growing capacities of programme countries. It also takes advantage of new data and analysis, as well as findings and insights derived from the independent evaluation of the programme in 2013.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health- An evidence gap map
This report provides the supporting documentation for the 3ie evidence gap map on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, which was developed as part of a project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. All of the content is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not represent the opinions of 3ie, its donors or its Board of Commissioners. Any errors and omissions are also the sole responsibility of the authors. Any comments or queries should be directed to the corresponding author, Kristen Rankin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rankin, K, Jarvis-Thiébault, J, Pfeifer, N, Engelbert, M, Perng, J, Yoon, S and Heard, A, 2016. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: an evidence gap map. 3ie Evidence Gap Map Report 5. International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).
Posted: Feb 5, 2017
Best Practices and Innovations in Reaching Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW)
Adolescent South African girls aged 15-19 have an HIV prevalence rate eight times higher than boys of the same age. More than 2,000 young women aged 15-24 are estimated to be infected with HIV each week in South Africa. Unacceptably high rates of HIV infection, teenage pregnancy, sexual and gender-based violence (GBV), and unemployment all contribute to an environment where adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa are at significant risk for HIV infection. It will not be possible to reach HIV epidemic control in South Africa without reducing the high incidence of new infections among AGYW.
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The South Africa government and PEPFAR convened a meeting to review Best Practices and Innovations in Reaching Adolescent Girls and Young Women on 26-27 October 2016. Presentations for the workshop were selected from submitted abstracts. Presentations and abstracts are available at the following website: https://za.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar/partner-dissemination-meetings/