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Reaching Most Vulnerable Young People With Family Planning and HIV Services

By: David J. Olson, Global development communications expert; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Ethiopia -- where international advocates will open their biennial International Conference on Family Planning on Nov. 12 -- has succeeded in bringing down the unmet need for family planning from 36.6 percent of currently married women 15-49 in 2000 to 26.3 percent in 2011. But the unmet need is greatest among those aged 15 to 19. In that age range, almost one-third want contraception and cannot get it. Read more...

Women Living with HIV Struggle to Access Family Planning Services

By: Nina Kouassi, Key Correspondant; International Treatment Prepardness Coalition

One year on from the launch of the Ivory Coast’s national plan to provide family planning services to all women in the country there is much progress, but more than 50% of women still lack access to vital services.In the Ivory Coast, the fertility rate is estimated to be four births per woman and in 2010 only 12% of women of childbearing age used family planning services. Preventing unplanned pregnancy among HIV-positive women through family planning services is one of the four pillars of a comprehensive program for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (the others being prevention of HIV in women, prevention of HIV parental transmission, and provision of care and support for HIV-positive women, their infants and families). Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Integration Improves HIV and Family Planning Efforts

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

In the largest evaluation of different methods of HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) integration to-date, results have shown clear success, particularly in Africa. The five-year project, called The Integra Initiative, is managed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Population Council and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Linking Maternal and Mental Health Care

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Maternal health and mental health are inextricably linked – pregnant and postnatal women often suffer from common mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and other issues. But, all too often, these disorders go undiagnosed and untreated. Maternal suicide is the leading cause of death in the perinatal period, and there is a growing body of evidence to support the need for maternal mental health support in low- and middle-income countries.

In South Africa, the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP), ongoing since July 2008, created an intervention that integrates mental health care services with primary care services. Read more...

AIDS 2012 Satellite Session – Advancing the Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Women Deliver and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) convened a prestigious panel last Wednesday during the 19th International AIDS Conference, held in Washington DC from July 22-27, 2012. The goal of the satellite session was to spur an interactive dialogue about the links between HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs, services and policies.

The discussion opened with video remarks from Ms. Michelle Bachelet of UN Women about the need to enhance programs, technology and policies in order to meet women's needs. Read more...

 

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