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Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden

"Today, municipal Prostitution Groups operate in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. These victims support services provide outreach services for individuals that are involved in prostitution, whether on the street, in indoor prostitution or through Internet advertising, and offer counselling, access to health care services, and exit programs" (page 10).
Jan. 12, 2018, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Yet many conservative, rural communities have resisted publicly discussing topics that would improve the health and rights of young people – including adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections like HIV" (para 2). "With funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, it helps youth avoid child marriage, return to school, obtain skills training, and access sexual and reproductive health services and information" (para 7).
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Basic vaccination coverage differs slightly by sex of the child; males are more likely to receive all basic vaccinations than females (58% and 51%, respectively)" (143). "Among children under age 5 with ARI symptoms, boys were more likely to be taken to a health facility or provider than girls (65% and 48%, respectively)" (145). "There are considerable differences in feeding practices during a diarrheal episode by sex of the child. Sixty-two percent of male children under age 5 with diarrhea were given continued feeding along with ORT and/or increased fluids, as compared with 49% of female children" (147).
Dec. 28, 2017, 4 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"In sandy, dusty Ouagadougou, located in the center of this landlocked country in West Africa, stigmatization is an active form of abuse carried out against young single mothers or prostitutes, which is why the clinic was launched by Keogo, a local association, or charity. The abuse extends to the very place women and girls may seek safety, comfort and medical attention: in hospitals" (para 3). "Keogo’s program to assist vulnerable women and girls was born in 2012, offering medical care as part of its services. Lassina Zampou, the president of Keogo, said the clinic enabled its clients to avoid hurtful 'judgments from medical staff' in hospitals, where young female patients ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Prison conditions for women were generally better than for men, but conditions for both populations remained poor, with overcrowded facilities, poor medical care, and a lack of basic supplies for personal hygiene"(2)."In August the government awarded a contract to improve sanitation at the women’s prison in Panama City, which held more than 800 inmates"(5)."Couples and individuals generally have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. Access to information on contraception and skilled attendance at delivery and in postpartum care were widely available except in ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Mongolia was struck by harsh conditions this winter, raising risks for pastoral and nomadic communities. An estimated 165,000 people were affected, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Mongolia. The situation has caused particular concern for women and girls, who are experiencing limited access to sexual and reproductive health supplies and care and increased vulnerability to gender-based violence" (para 1). "With families struggling to cope, women’s health and hygiene needs have taken a back seat, many report" (para 3). "Narantsetseg* explained that her needs as a woman fall low on the priority list. Her family spends what little they have on items like food and fuel, so she must ration ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"However, the repercussions of denying women the right over their body or reproductive rights are not even being considered. Poverty, poor health and illiteracy make almost 50pc of the country’s population who are not full participants in the realm of socio-economic development. The low status of women, in fact, deprives the state of realising the full productive potential of half the population" (para 6).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Few of the women I interviewed had been able to get post-rape care at the time, and almost none could afford to pay for much needed health care then or ever since" (para 10).
Dec. 7, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"And the impacts [from the oil spill caused by militant groups] on families are dire: Sarah Okolo is doubtful she can raise the startup money for her food stall. On average it takes her twenty minutes to walk to the market, but Okolo worries that her working day would mean her two small children would have to be on their own for too long, and she does not have an arrangement for somebody to watch them for the whole day. This has become an especially important consideration, as she fears her four-year old son has fallen ill from drinking contaminated groundwater. But without much money and limited access to healthcare, ...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Another approach [to support formal education for girls], equally successful, was the distribution of menstrual 'cups' to adolescent girls in Nepal under the Menstruation and Education in Nepal Project. Such cups—small reusable silicone receptacles that can be inserted in the vaginal canal to collect menstrual blood and emptied after a period of 12 hours—are discreet. They facilitate the mobility of young women and allow school attendance during menstruation (Oster and Thornton 2009)"(49)
Dec. 1, 2017, 7:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia is planning to open its first women-only gyms to aid with weight loss, although they will still be banned from competitive sports such as volleyball, basketball and football" (para 1). "Princess Reema bint Bandar, pictured, has announced the creation of female-only gyms in Saudi Arabia after a policy change which will allow people to apply for special licences. The new gyms are being introduced to allow women to keep fit in Saudi Arabia" (para 4-5). "She told Arab News: 'It is not my role to convince the society, but my role is limited to opening the doors for our girls to live a healthy lifestyle away from diseases ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Japan

"Meanwhile, the combination of a dismal fertility rate (1.4 births per woman) and the world’s highest life expectancy, 83.7 years, means Japan is sitting on a demographic time bomb" (para 7).
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"A good example, described later, is the Philippines’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a national CCT [cash transfer program] scheme conditional on investments in child education and health and regular prenatal and postnatal checkups for women"(52)."In the Philippines’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya), municipal local government or NGOs sometimes collaborate as part of the counterparting for the program by providing transport arrangements to beneficiaries who have to travel long distances to receive grants or attend training sessions. The program was launched by the Government of the Philippines in 2008 with support from the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development, and supported by ADB [Asian Development Bank] since ...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"However, an obstacle commonly faced in girls’ school enrollment is the absence of adequate sanitation facilities in schools. In Bangladesh, due to concerns that the absence of separate facilities for girls might be an obstacle to the success of the FSSAP [Female Secondary School Assistance Project] mentioned earlier—particularly for adolescent girls who may prefer to avoid school attendance during menstruation—about 5,000 latrines and tubewells were built in schools taking part in the program. This appears to have been a major factor in attracting and retaining girls’ attendance"(49)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"UNICEF reported that the deteriorating health system, lack of medicine, and emergency referrals affected the high rate of maternal mortality. The World Food Program found that 31 percent of women surveyed suffered from anemia, which increases the likelihood of maternal mortality. The country reported in its 2009 National Human Rights Reportsubmitted to the UN Universal Periodic Review that 98 percent of women received professional help during childbirth. The 2012 UN Overview of Needs and Assistance in the DPRK report found that 68 percent of monthly deliveries took place at county hospitals or clinics at the village level, but approximately 42 percent of these facilities did not have resuscitation equipment for ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: North Korea, United States, Vietnam
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Where women do make use of maternal healthcare services, the quality of care can vary dramatically, the authors add, with some receiving too little care, too late. That, they say, can be down to delays in recognising or accessing care, as well as poorly-equipped facilities, with too few staff and a lack of evidence-based care.The situation, they add, can arise not only in low income countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in high- and middle-income countries due to social inequalities: black women were more likely to die in childbirth in New York in 2010 than women in North Korea or Vietnam"(para 14-15)more
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"By contrast, around a quarter of babies in England and Wales are delivered by caesarean section"(para 18)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"'I [Elham]went to the police [to report domestic violence] many times. Even covered with blood or almost naked. They would do nothing for me. They would tell me that they don’t have the right to go with me into the house. They would tell me to go to the doctor to get a medical certificate but I had no ID and no money with me'"(7)."The police arrested her [Khadija's] husband only once, in 2014, after he broke her nose while she was pregnant. A doctor issued a medical certificate indicating that she needed 21 days of rest for her injuries. Khadija showed the medical certificate to the prosecutor, who gave ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia

"Maternity wards in the region are below acceptable standards, resulting in preventable maternal deaths and injuries. Corruption is also omnipresent in the health system: without a bribe a pregnant woman can hardly get adequate help. Even a bribe cannot guarantee quality care: women often encounter incompetent and negligent doctors"(para 5)."In one hospital in Ingushetia, several cases of alleged criminal negligence, including instances in which women lost their babies and reproductive organs and one woman died, have been reported, most recently in September 2015. Investigations have so far led nowhere. In Dagestan, three women reportedly died in a hospital in the town of Kizilyurt in the last couple of months, relatives ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Eleven of those interviewed reported restricted access to health care or education because of discriminatory ISIS policies, including rules limiting male doctors from touching, seeing, or being alone with female patients" (para 6). "Women and girls faced further barriers because of restrictions imposed by ISIS. Fearful of punishment, the women said, most male doctors would not examine female patients. One woman from the village of Kubaiba said a doctor would not examine her daughter, who she feared had typhoid, leaving it to the girl to describe her symptoms. Another said her doctor asked her to open her mouth and then peered at her sore throat from across the room. In ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India

"In India's caste system, the Dalits are traditionally regarded as the lowest of the low. Seen as 'unclean,' they are considered untouchable by the higher castes.The country's 2011 census, the latest available, states that just over 16 percent of India's population are Dalits -- making up roughly 200 million people"(para 1-2)."'I am a TB (Tuberculosis) patient and because I am Dalit, the doctor will not even come close to me. But when an upper caste patient comes to the clinic, the doctor goes close to the patient and sees them properly without any hesitation'"(para 9). This statement was made by Kavita, age 25 (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: China, Mexico, Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Since 2012, Jungle Mamas has been collaborating with One Heart World-Wide, a world-renouned organization that has worked to reduce maternal and neonatal health in Nepal, Tibet, and Mexico.Through this collaboration, Jungle Mamas has worked to successfully implement One Heart’s Network of Safety; a proven effective, sustainable, and replicable model that works with all stakeholders—families, communities, local and national governments—in the active engagement of reducing maternal and newborn death. The Network of Safety 'raises awareness, teaches good practices, and distributes essential supplies to ensure that mothers and infants survive delivery and the first months of life'"(para 8-9)
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Since 2006, the Jungle Mamas program has been working in collaboration with the Achuar Nation of Ecuador to develop a model of addressing maternal, infant, and community health in a way that is culturally appropriate, empowering, and sustainable"(para 1)."Ecuador’s Achuar population, nearing approximately 7,000 between the provinces of Pastaza and Morona-Santiago, resides in some of the most remote and hard to access primary rainforest in the country. Due large in part to both geographic and socio-economic limitations, access to healthcare both at the community and urban levels has been significantly limited for the Achuar people.Our model of working with the Achuar is one that addresses all of these limitations by ...more
Sept. 19, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"CARACAS, Venezuela — In crisis-hit Venezuela, where raising a family is an increasingly grueling and expensive task, a growing number of young women are choosing to be sterilized.With inflation spiraling out of control, food and medicine supplies dwindling and violent crimes on the rise, women as young as 27 are seeking out surgeons to avoid unwanted pregnancies. A study by PLAFAM, the biggest family planning clinic in the country, estimates that about 23 percent more Venezuelan women are being sterilized today as compared to four years ago, said the clinic’s director, Enrique Abache. 'The financial crisis is one of the main causes for this,' he explained"(para 1-3)."'It wasn’t a hard ...more
Sept. 11, 2017, 6:36 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Most girls don’t have the money or support from their mothers to buy appropriate hygiene products. Sanitary pads can sometimes be found in supermarkets in major Afghan cities, but are hidden away in a section that not many can see" (para 5). "Ministry of Education and UNICEF conducted in Kabul and nearby Parwan Province, 29 percent of girls miss school due to menstruation, over 70 percent do not shower during their period and half were unaware of what it was before it started. Ignorance has led girls and women to use dirty rags that can lead to infection, and many are too ashamed to ask for medication during painful cramps. ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

“Although the victim was hospitalized a day later because of excessive vaginal bleeding and would continue to bleed for weeks afterward, the female physician wrote in her report that there was no bleeding and did not mention the burns on her body obvious to police and her family. She noted that the girl’s hymen was no longer intact but concluded that ‘no definite opinion about rape’ could be given. Many rape cases are hampered by poorly trained doctors … Sexual-assault examination guidelines for doctors were established only in 2014” (para 22-23).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

“In Kampala, key stakeholders noted that the lack of reproductive health services, particularly for adolescent girls, is a major gap in the city’s services” (26).
Aug. 15, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Siyuama, the 12-year-old girl, is glad she had an alternative. 'My sister bled until she fainted after being circumcised,' she recalls. 'We rushed her to the hospital, but unluckily she died. I vowed never to be circumcised in my life'"(para 14)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The survey also collected information on restrictions or limitations to women’s freedom – such as being prevented from seeing friends, communicating with family, performing religious practices or seeking health care without permission. More than 42 per cent of women reported experiencing such restrictions" (para 12-13).
Aug. 11, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Even today, postnatal women keep in dirt, inhumane cowshed in Bajura, Humla and Mugu. They are so far behind from the popular activities of government such as regular pregnancy check-up, safe delivery, nutrition"(para 1)."'Today, it was 12 days of my child delivery. I am living in this shed since child delivery. I am here because myself and my baby is not allow to touch by family members at home. I am not living in this cowshed during menstruation and childbirth, but also all women members from my family are living here. My maternal house is in Humla, all women live in cowshed like this. I have already delivered five babies. ...more