In many places around the world, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women are tenuous at best, and years of progress can be washed away instantly by socio-political changes. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must remember that preserving—or reclaiming— the dignity of girls and women requires continuous efforts, even when it seems like the battle is already won.
In family planning service delivery, when countries attain improvements in key indicators such as contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) we feel proud about those achievements. Yet, within countries that have seen such gains, there are still hard-to-reach populations with exceptionally poor contraceptive use, as well as other health challenges; this is the case for many of the communities in which the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project works.
JSI’s Nancy Harris explains that if access to contraception is a human right and programs aim for the maximum variety in choice of methods, then vasectomy must be part of the mix in mature family planning programs.
In Myanmar, JSI is helping local and state health workers conduct quality improvement activities to strengthen the supply chain and help ensure the availability of reproductive health supplies at the community level.
In Kenya, the APC project and partner organizations empower community health workers to provide integrated services to families in need.
Omar Balsara and Nurfadliah Abdillah of JSI’s ‘Right Method, Right Time, My Choice’ project blog from ICFP about the opportunities for knowledge sharing at the conference.
At #ICFP, JSI’s Leela Khanal attended an exhibit on women’s health during crisis, which reminded her of the struggles she witnessed among young women in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in her native Nepal.
For Universal Health Coverage (UCH) Day, JSI’s Leslie Patykewich underscores the necessity of reproductive health commodity security to realizing UHC.
Where teens live, learn, work, and play influence their sexual decision making and risk of teen pregnancy. Many teens live in communities where unemployment may be high, violence and substance use present, and housing conditions poor. However, there are also protective factors, such as goal-setting, family, friends, school, and resources designed to empower teens. Parents, schools, youth serving providers, community members, and teens themselves all play a role in promoting healthy teen decision making and preventing teen pregnancy.
On World Contraception Day, Nancy Harris and Leigh Wynne of the Advancing Partners and Communities Project speak to the need for greater provision of emergency contraceptives for women in low-income, rural areas.