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Women, harm reduction, and HIV

PINKHAM, Sophie
MALINOWSKA-SEMPRUCH, Kasia
September 2007

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This report looks at factors that reduce women drug users’ access to health care including punitive policies, discrimination by police and health care providers, the intense social stigma attached to drug use by women, a preponderance of harm reduction and drug treatment programmes directed primarily toward men, an absence of sexual and reproductive health services for drug users, and poor access to effective outpatient drug treatment. Pregnant drug users are particularly vulnerable. In too many instances, they receive little or no accurate information about drug use during pregnancy or prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In some countries pregnant drug users are rejected by health care providers, threatened with criminal penalties or loss of parental rights, or coerced into having an abortion or abandoning their newborns to the state. Poor access to medication-assisted treatment jeopardises the pregnancies of opiate-dependent drug users. It includes recommendations for consideration when designing services for women drug users and also examines issues around policies to protect women's health

Working with street children : a training package on substance use, sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS and STDs [Introduction]

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO). Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence
2000

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This training package responds to the needs of field workers in a variety of settings and aims at better equipping street educators with essential knowledge and skills. It has ten modules around understanding and responding to the needs of street children. The full set can be downloaded at http://www.unodc.org/youthnet/en/youthnet_action_vulnerable_populations.html#othertools (scroll to bottom of page)

Where women have no doctor : a health guide for women

BURNS, A. August
et al
1997

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Using simple language and hundreds of pictures, this book provides information on how a woman's body changes, and on monthly bleeding, and has chapters among others on health concerns of girls, mental health and violence against women

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