Restoring Girls’ and Women’s Dignity

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.

Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social/Community Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence

Exposure to sexual violence as a child can lead to a broad range of mental and physical problems including depression, unwanted pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, and even diabetes. In order to help health service providers and social workers provide necessary services to children and adolescents in a compassionate manner, AIDSFree developed the Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social/Community Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: A Companion Guide.

Serving the Needs of Children and Adolescents who have Experienced Sexual Violence

The AIDSFree project developed a new toolkit, Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social/Community Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: A Companion Guide, which provides inspiration for even the small “next steps” that a program can take to better serve the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.

Data You can Count On: A new dashboard on youth sexual & reproductive health in Asia and the Middle East

Today the world is home to 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24, which constitutes the largest generation of young people in history. Sixty percent of young people live in Asia, and the Middle East has one of the youngest populations in the world To improve understanding of young people’s needs in this region, USAID’s Advancing Partners & Communities Project (APC) launched a new dashboard on key youth indicators related to gender and sexual and reproductive health.

Is Better Access to Sex Ed and Contraceptive Methods Behind the Latest Significant Decline in Abortion Rates?

Does the decline in abortion rates indicate better reproductive health choices and outcomes for women? And if so, how do we continue to build on this success?

NUMAT’s story on Half the Sky Competition

In Uganda, an estimated 39% of all young women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence according to recent statistics. Particularly, in Northern Uganda, rape and domestic violence have been exacerbated by the armed conflict. The Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS & Tuberculosis Programme (NUMAT) is a USAID-funded Programme managed by John Snow, Inc, a global health … Continue reading “NUMAT’s story on Half the Sky Competition”

Healthy and Balanced Sexual Eduation

“Sexual health is an important part of the overall health and well-being of teenagers,” Gottlieb added. “For too long, we as a nation have been far too squeamish about sexual health issues for teens, but we owe it to our kids to get over it.” FACT: Reducing unintended pregnancies, particularly among adolescents, would improve educational … Continue reading “Healthy and Balanced Sexual Eduation”