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The equal rights review : volume nine

PETROVA, Dimitrina

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The Equal Rights Review (ERR) is an interdisciplinary biannual journal intended as a forum for the exchange of legal, philosophical, sociological and other ideas and practical insights for those who are promoting equality. This issue contains a special section on disability equality, as well as an interview on the same issue with Hiroshi Kawamura, Founder and President of the DAISY Consortium, Japan, and Kapka Panayotova, Director of the Centre for Independent Living in Sofia, Bulgaria
The Equal Rights Review, Vol Nine

Assessment of youth-friendly postabortion care services : a global tool for assessing postabortion care for youth

BOYCE, Carolyn
October 2008

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"This tool is designed to help assessment teams, project managers, supervisors, and providers collect detailed information on the quality of Postabortion Care (PAC) services provided to adolescents at a given facility in order to make services more youth-friendly. "...[It] was developed as part of Pathfinder International’s Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care (YFPAC) Project which was implemented in eight sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda from June 2007 to May 2008"

Disappearing daughters

KELLY, Annie
June 2008

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This report highlights the decline in the number of girls born and surviving in northern India compared to boys, driven by discrimination against women and the preference for sons over daughters. The problem affects all levels of society with the illegal use of ultrasound technology to detect the gender of unborn children leading to sex-selective abortions, and in poorer communities, where this technology is less available, the neglect and denial of medical care and nutrition of girl children

Unsafe abortion

August 2007

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This edition of Health Focus looks at a major global health problem: the danger to women from abortions performed by people who lack the skills and/or are carried out in unhygienic circumstances. It includes reports on the health and economic costs of unsafe abortions, the reduction of abortion costs to health systems, and considers the need for a change in international abortion policy

Obstetric care in poor settings

MILLS, Samuel
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This report explores why maternal mortality continues to be so high in developing countries, and why emergency obstetric services are little utilized, through research carried out in poor areas in Ghana (Kassena-Nankana district), India (Uttar Pradesh state), and Kenya (Nairobi slums)

Saving lives when pregnancy ends early [whole issue]


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This issue focuses on post-abortion care, which may include medical treatment, emergency care and emotional support. The health care skills required are complex and range from manual vacuum aspiration to prevention of blood loss and treatment of infection. Midwives and health workers, however, need more than medical competency, including a capacity to listen to women, to understand the causes of unsafe abortion practices, to share knowledge and mobilise the community to demand life-saving care for all women. Also contains a training guide on how health workers can reduce deaths from unsafe abortions. The guide is designed for a two-hour workshop with a group of five to ten health workers

Reproductive health strategy


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The strategy presented in this document is the World Health Organization's first global strategy on reproductive health. It was adopted by the 57th World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2004. Three of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are directly related to reproductive and sexual health, namely, improving maternal health, reducing child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. This strategy addresses five priority aspects of reproductive and sexual health: improving antenatal, delivery, postpartum and newborn care; providing high-quality services for family planning, including infertility services; eliminating unsafe abortion; combating sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, reproductive tract infections, cervical cancer and other gynaecological morbidities; and promoting sexual health. This document is intended for policy-makers within governments, international agencies, professional associations, nongovernmental organisations and other institutions

Conference 2003 : reproductive health from disaster to development

KRAUSE, Sandra
December 2003

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Provides the proceedings of the conference along with the presentations that were made. The presentations provide information on specific activities, projects or research, along with the methods used, the findings and the implications for future work (lessons learned)

Counseling the postabortion client : a training curriculum

KLITSCH, Michael

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Training pack for training providers who interact with postabortion clients. It will enable them to use communicaiton and counseling skills to assess the client's needs; listen to her concers, answer her questions, give her information about the procedure, and help her make decisions about family planning, STI and HIV prevention and other reproductive health services

Reproductive health

USAID AFRICA BUREAU. Office for Sustainable Development

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A collection of briefings from USAID's Africa Bureau on their activities in various areas of reproductive health

Call for action. Governments: take responsibility for women's health! Primary health care and women's reproductive and sexual rights : where are we today?


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This Call for Action focuses on the promises of the Alma Ata Declaration that held so much potential for improving the health of people worldwide. It looks at why the promises of the declaration were never fulfilled, and how women's sexual and reproductive rights have been integrated into the concepts of primary health care. It calls on all governments to take responsibility for the health of women

Sexual and reproductive health briefing cards


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A series of briefing cards on sexual and reproductive health issues, covering the topics: rights-based approach; life cycle approach; violence against women; safe motherhood; unwanted pregnancy; unsafe abortion; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; STDs/HIV/AIDS, and fertility and population growth. Each topic includes a brief section on 'committments to action'; 'problems at a glance'; and 'areas for action'

Abortion : realities and responsibilities [whole issue]

TAN, Michael, L
January 2000

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Report of research findings from a nationwide study on abortion. It examines Philippine legislation, methods, providers, reasons for having an abortion, and people's experience of abortion. It concludes with suggestions for discussion on this topic

Reproductive health in refugee situations : an inter-agency field manual

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A guide for field staff involved in introducing and strengthening reproductive health (RH) interventions in refugee situations. May be useful in decision-making around planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating RH activities. Advocates for a multi-sectoral approach to meeting the reproductive health needs of refugees and fosters co-ordination among all partners

Safe motherhood initiatives : critical issues

BERER, Marge

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This book raises critical issues arising from the national and international policies, programmes and services whose aim is to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity. It analyses where safe motherhood initiatives stand today, what has been achieved and what remains to be done, and offers perspectives on making pregnancy, childbirth and abortion safer for women in future. The book reviews work in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Vietnam, India, Tanzania, Mexico, Nigeria, Bolivia, Ghana and South Africa



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