Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 01 May 2003
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Summary: By Rama Lakshminarayanan (Reproductive Health Matters, Vol. 11, No. 21, May 2003). An analysis of the difficulties associated with health sector reform in the Philippines, in particular the negative consequences for reproductive health services. The decentralization process, initiated in 1991, was intended to improve the efficiency, equity, and effectiveness of the health sector. Given existing weaknesses and inequities in the system, however, the process created a number of unanticipated problems, with particular consequences for women. In order to avoid such problems in the future, it is necessary to consider a number of health and non-health factors before undertaking such reforms, and to be willing to make adjustments during implementation (12 pages).
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Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 31 March 2003
The Miami Herald, March 31, 2003
By Adrienne Germain
President Bush's announcement of a $15 billion effort to fight HIV/AIDS in the worst affected countries may seem like a huge windfall, but when you witness the staggering impact of the disease on these countries, $15 billion starts to look more like a drop in the bucket. Unless Bush and Congress come up with a spending plan that reflects the depth and complexity of the crisis, that's exactly what it will continue to be.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSaturday, 01 March 2003
The New York Times, March 1, 2003
By Kati Marton
This article appeared in the New York Times along with five othersin response to President Bush's announcement of a $15 billion"Emergency AIDS Initiative." It was reprinted in the InternationalHerald Tribune March 5, 2003.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 11 December 2002
Women's eNews, December 11, 2002
By Françoise Girard
Editor's Note: The following is a commentary. The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily the views of Women's eNews.
Many concerned citizens saw President Bush's move blocking the United States' $34 million contribution to the United Nations Population Fund last July as yet another attack on abortion. But his actions then and since have revealed a much broader anti-woman agenda, one that is threatening women's health, human rights and equality in the United States and worldwide.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSunday, 01 December 2002
New York Newsday, December 1, 2002
By Mabel Bianco
A United Nations report released last week announced that women have caught up with men as far as AIDS is concerned. Half the adults affected with HIV worldwide are now women. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. It was just a matter of time before the disease shifted from one originally affecting gay white men to one transmitted heterosexually all over the world.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 01 May 2002
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Summary: By Françoise Girard and Wanda Nowicka (Reproductive Health Matters, Vol. 10, No. 19, May 2002). Describes the findings of the July 2001 Tribunal on Abortion Rights in Warsaw, which was organized by the Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning in response to the Polish Anti-Abortion Act of 1993. A panel of Polish and foreign experts heard testimonies from seven women and, based on their stories, concluded that restrictive abortion laws do not decrease the incidence of abortion but rather push it underground, endanger women's health, create a climate where even those services that are allowed by law become unavailable, and contravene standards set by international human rights law. The Tribunal brought the issue of abortion into the media and galvanized Polish and other Eastern European women's groups to become more active in defense of abortion rights (9 pages).
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Coming to Terms with Politics and Gender: The Evolution of an Adolescent Reproductive Health ProgramWritten By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 01 January 2002
Ensuring the Reproductive Rights of Refugees and Internationally Displaced Persons: Legal and PolicyWritten By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 01 December 2000
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Summary: By Françoise Girard andWilhelmina Waldman (International Family Planning Perspectives, Vol.26, No. 4, December, 2000, New York: Alan Guttmacher Institute).Examines the international legal framework for the reproductive rightsof refugees and internationally displaced persons, as well as someaspects of UN and NGO policies relevant to refugee reproductive health(7 pages).
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Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 01 December 2000
Population and Reproductive Health: Where Do We Go Next?
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Summary: By Adrienne Germain (American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 90, No. 12, December, 2000, Washington: American Public Health Association). Describes the areas of critical concern addressed in the ICPD Programme of Action and offers recommendations for moving forward (3 pages).Click here to order this issue or other issues of the American Journal of Public Health.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSaturday, 01 July 2000
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