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Latest items for DACH-PRACTICE-2

June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman

"The government recognized the right of married couples to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; to manage their reproductive health; and to have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. Health clinics freely disseminated information on family planning under the guidance of the Ministry of Health. Some forms of birth control, including condoms, were available at pharmacies and supermarkets, although doctor-prescribed birth control medication was generally not available for unmarried women. The government provided free childbirth services to citizens within the framework of universal health care. Prenatal and postnatal care was readily available and used. Men and women received...more
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The government has promoted female sterilization as a form of family planning for decades and, as a result, female sterilization made up 86 percent of all contraceptive use in the country. Despite recent efforts to expand the range of contraceptive choices, the government sometimes promoted permanent female sterilization to the exclusion of alternate forms of contraception" (41).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"Couples and individuals generally had the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of children, but information on reproductive health and access to quality reproductive health services and emergency obstetric care was not widely available. The 2013 NDHS reported the maternal mortality rate was 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, due to such factors as lack of access to antenatal care, skilled birth attendants, emergency obstetric care, and other medical services. According to 2013 estimates by the UN, World Health Organization, and World Bank, there were approximately 40,000 maternal deaths in 2013, and a woman’s lifetime risk of maternal death was one in 31. Skilled health-care personnel attended a...more
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The government recognized the basic right of couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children and to manage their reproductive health; however, information regarding reproductive rights was not readily available. There were no restrictions on the right of access to contraception, skilled health attendance during pregnancy and childbirth, and emergency health care. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Public Health, clinics and local NGOs could disseminate information on family planning freely" (Pg 18).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The law mandates that family planning bureaus administer pregnancy tests to married women of childbearing age and provide them with basic knowledge of family planning and prenatal services. Under the law schools are required to provide adolescent and sexual health education at an appropriate level, but in practice information is quite limited. Some provinces fined women who did not undergo periodic state-mandated pregnancy tests" (56).
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia

"Couples and individuals 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. There are no government restrictions on the provision of contraceptives except to children under age 14, the legal age of consent for medical treatment, and 50 percent of women used a modern contraceptive method. Women who lived in urban areas had better access to skilled attendance during childbirth and postpartum care than those in rural areas. The country’s 2014 Demographic and Health Survey reported the 2013 maternal mortality ratio was 385 per 100,000...more
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Reproductive Rights: The government recognized the right of couples and individuals to decide freely the number and timing of their children, to manage their reproductive health, and to have the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Romani women generally had the least access to family planning counseling and gynecological services, since many of them rarely saw doctors" (Pg 25).
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Although the knowledge about family planning methods is high amongst women and men in Mozambique, the specific and adequate knowledge about the various methods and their use is still low and with very little alteration over past years" (22). "Being the health of women and s a national priority, the Government focused on prevention and treatment actions of diseases which women are highly prone to. The following measures stand out from those introduced by the Government: (...) b) The design of the Integrated National Plan to Reach the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (2009–2012/2015) and the National Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights Policy (2012); (...) i) Approval of...more
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Sexual and health education is part of the curriculum of Integrated Sciences and Education for Citizenship. It is also addressed in extracurricular activities in school, such as talks, awareness raising activities, training, among others. Information and Orientation Clubs (EIO) exist in secondary schools: they work through peer educators on SRH, including a focus on gender equality, prevention of drug use, HIV and interpersonal skill. 17 EIO exist in secondary schools, reaching 23.749 students (55 per cent girls) between 2015 and 2016, through a social skills approach" (19). "Reproductive health services in Cabo Verde continue to be provided free of charge globally to all women, men and adolescents" (24). "The basic...more
June 5, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Contraceptives once were provided free, and the services necessary for their prescription were charged to patients. In 2006, gynecological services were included among those services provided at no cost, in accord with the government’s principle of guaranteed, free primary health care" (4).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The new Action Plan on Women’s Health includes outcome-oriented targets and measures for the promotion and protection of sexual health of girls and young women. Competent, age-appropriate sexual education aims to increase knowledge about one’s own body and sexuality and at the same time reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and abortions. Statutory health insurance pays for medically indicated abortions as it is a legal requirement that statutory insurance covers the costs for medical treatments" (27).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern that the austerity measures taken by the State party have had negative effects on women’s access to health services. It is also concerned about the following: (a) The lack of age-appropriate and comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including on responsible sexual behaviour, the lack of family planning services and the high level of unmet contraception needs among women and girls" (9).
May 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Combined oral contraceptive pills, male condoms, and progestin-only injectables (Depo) are the most commonly offered family planning methods. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (implants and intrauterine contraceptive devices [IUCDs]) are offered at half of health facilities where family planning services are available. Virtually all facilities where family planning services are available are able to provide male condoms, oral contraceptives, and injectables to clients at the facility. However, only around one in five facilities where family planning services are available provide IUCDs and implants at the facility" (93).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Iit remains concerned that abortion continues to be used as a method of birth control owing to the lack or insufficient availability of modern contraceptives. The Committee is also concerned about: (a) The limited access of women and girls to health care in rural and remote areas, the lack of trained personnel and obstetric health services for women and women’s limited access to adequate sexual and reproductive health services; (b) Recently adopted legislative and policy measures aimed at restricting women’s access to abortion, namely the pre-abortion counselling and mandatory waiting periods of between 48 hours and 7 days before abortion services can be provided; (c) Limited access to modern contraceptives...more
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden

"In addition, the Committee expresses concern that the health needs of women with disabilities are not being sufficiently identified and addressed and that minority and migrant women sometimes encounter difficulties in gaining access to sexual and reproductive health services and information" (11).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported, however, that nonstate actors forbade birth control devices and other forms of contraception in areas under their control. Social pressure, women’s lack of knowledge about reproduction, and the young age of marriage for many girls also meant many women had little or no real control over reproduction. Access to contraceptives and procedures involving reproductive and fertility treatments required the consent of both husband and wife. It was technically illegal for single women to buy and use contraception, but if a particular contraceptive (such as birth control pills) had another medical use, a woman could procure it. The information and means to make decisions on reproduction were available in...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"In Curaçao, contraceptives are not covered by health insurance and, although they can be purchased at an affordable price from government -sponsored non-governmental organizations, only a limited number of women use modern contraceptives" (11-12).
May 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The disparities among federal states in the access to affordable contraceptives of women living in poverty" (14).
May 10, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"More than half (54%) of currently married women are using a method of contraception, with 40% using a modern method and 14% using a traditional method. The pill (21%) is the most commonly used method, followed by withdrawal (10%) and female sterilization (7%)" (81).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"For women accessing precondition care and postnatal care, contraceptive services and education are accessible in the package of maternal and child health services. For instance, in 2014, a total of 24 doctors and nurses from all 10 administrative Regions benefitted from ‘contraception use’ training and returned to their regions with IUD kits" (30). "It has also been imperative to develop interagency collaboration between the Ministries of Public Health and Education to co-design IEC materials for the delivery in schools that included sexual and reproductive health education targeting adolescent girls and boys and paying special attention to prevention of teenage pregnancy. This has been complementary to the Health and Family Life...more
May 1, 2019, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Health has taken the lead in strengthening contraceptive security to ensure a lifetime supply of contraceptives for all Albanians who need them. Today, the Ministry of Health covers 100% of contraceptive procurement costs for the public sector, and Albania is completely self-sufficient and independent of outside donor support for provision of contraceptives. The public sector provides pills, condoms, and injectables free of charge in over 425 public health facilities such as hospitals, polyclinics, and health centers. These contraceptives are also available in some health posts, and tubal ligations and intrauterine device (IUD) insertions are available in facilities with trained obstetricians/gynecologists" (93).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Policy for Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health in the RS (2012-2017) was revised in order to improve rights and health services in this area" (33).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is, however, concerned that, notwithstanding the provision of free contraceptives, early pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, among young women remain high" (9).
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"It remains concerned, however, about disparities in access to such services and to affordable contraceptives" (15).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Outside of Damascus, women reportedly had little to no regular access to contraception and maternal health services, such as skilled attendance during pregnancy and childbirth, prenatal care, or essential obstetric and postpartum care. Activists reported government detention centers did not afford medical care to women during pregnancy or birth" (para 191). "The lack of contraceptives caused many rape victims to face physical, social, and psychological consequences of both rape and any ensuing pregnancy" (para 192).
March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Since March 2014 only persons above the age of 40 or who already had three children could opt for sterilization for nonmedical reasons. The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) continued to criticize the provision on sterilization and advocated for the removal of any distinction between sterilization for medical reasons and for family planning purposes" (36).
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"In response to Recommendation 30(e), an internal panel on sexual and reproductive rights of persons with disabilities was formed, mandating different units of the Ministry of Health to frame actions to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights, particularly of women and girls. In 2017, in compliance with Constitutional Court judgment T 573/2016, a participatory process was launched with organizations of persons with disabilities and organizations working for the rights of this population, noting in particular the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Government of Colombia in 2016. To ensure informed decisions by persons with disabilities regarding sexual and reproductive rights, Resolution 1904/2017 was issued...more
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"In order to raise public awareness on the importance of the family, family planning, prevention of early pregnancy and abortions, 87 youth health centres and 4,582 health units have been established at polyclinics and healthy lifestyle centres. Adolescents and youth are given counselling, as well as legal, medical and psychological assistance in areas of reproductive health: the development of informed and responsible sexual behaviour, the use of safe means of contraception, the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, enhancement of the level of sexual culture, and socio-legal knowledge in the area of prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS" (26). "Annual examinations and counselling are provided for women of childbearing age, and...more
March 7, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Access to information on modern contraception was widely available and, according to 2013 data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 47.6 percent of women ages 15-49 used modern contraceptive methods" (12).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Contraception was available at private health centers for those who could afford it" (page 18). "The AFCF stressed that . . . poor women or to those from traditionally lower castes, such as slaves and former slaves, . . . often lacked access to contraception, obstetric and postpartum care, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The Mauritanian Association for the Health of Mothers and Children, which operated a center in Nouakchott for rape victims, provided emergency contraception to victims" (page 18-19).