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Latest items for DACH-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 29, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Birth control is hard to get" (para 2).
Sept. 28, 2020, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Poland

"An amendment to the penal code, approved by parliament would criminalize 'promotion' or 'approval' or sexual activity by minors, putting teachers and sex educators at risk of imprisonment and limiting children's rights to health information and care" (para 8).
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"In August 2018 Guatemalan Congress approved a preliminary version of the 'Life and Family Protection' bill. This bill would expand the criminalization of abortion, currently legal only when the life of a pregnant woman or girl is in danger, and could subject women who have miscarriages to prosecution. It would also raise the maximum sentence for abortion from 3 to 10 years and would make it a crime to engage in 'the promotion of abortion,'which could mean that the provision of sexual and reproductive information, counseling, or referrals might result in sentences of up to 10 years" (para 13).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: China

“The couple already have one son. Zhou Junfeng is 10. After Zhou Junfeng was born his mother underwent a state-proscribed procedure to insert a contraceptive coil into her body. She says that this 'forced sterilisation' must have failed, allowing her to fall pregnant for a second time” (para 28-30).
Aug. 19, 2020, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"In 2019, a judge in Lima overturned a 2009 Constitutional Court ruling that had banned the free distribution of emergency contraception pills in the country" (para 19).
Aug. 10, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Honduras

"The government also bans emergency contraception, or the 'morning after pill,' which can prevent pregnancy after rape, unprotected sex, or a conceptive failure" (para 23).
Aug. 10, 2020, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Dr. Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighborhood armed with one of Venezuela's most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the shantytown on the outskirts of Venezuela's capital spreads quickly. The lucky get on a list run by community leaders. The less fortunate hope there will be extras. The veteran doctor has 104 implants and there won't be enough for everyone. As a physician at the nation's largest pediatric hospital, Clemente knows first-hand that the consequences for those who don't get one are high. 'It's a sense of impotency, of frustration,' she...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“Her [Xinxing’s] story prompted countless women and girls to share stories of their own abuse and the failure of authorities to respond appropriately, and to question the lack of sex education for young people in the country” (para 17).
Aug. 9, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"In October, Tanzania’s Court of Appeal upheld a 2016 High Court ruling directing the government to raise the legal age of marriage to 18 years for both girls and boys. Tanzania’s Marriage Act of 1971 had set the minimum marriage age for girls at 15 with parental consent, and 18 for boys, and permitted the marriage of 14-year-old children when a court is satisfied that there is the existence of special, but unspecified, circumstances" (para. 19).
July 31, 2020, 4:52 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Restrictions on abortion and difficulty accessing reproductive services remain serious concerns" (para 1). "But even in such cases, women and girls…have trouble accessing reproductive services, such as contraception and voluntary sterilization" (para 23).
July 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Knowledge of contraceptive methods is nearly universal in Nepal, with almost all women and men knowing at least one method of contraception. On average, both women and men have heard of more than eight methods, most commonly modern methods. The most well-known method among women is injectables (99%), followed by female sterilization (98%), male condoms (96%), and the pill (93%); among men, the most commonly known method is the male condom (100%), followed by injectables (95%), female sterilization (95%), and male sterilization (94%). Knowledge about emergency Injectables contraception and the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) is relatively poor, with only 36% of women and 55% of men having heard of emergency...more
July 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Knowledge of contraceptive methods is nearly universal in Zambia, with more than 99% of currently married women and men age 15-49 knowing at least one method of contraception. Injectables, the pill, and male condoms are the most well-known methods of contraception among married women and men" (99). "Injectables (26%) are the most common method of contraception among currently married women in Zambia, followed by implants and the pill (8% each) and male condoms (3%). Among sexually active unmarried women, the most popular methods are injectables (21%), implants (9%), and male condoms (7%)" (100). "Only 21% of women age 15-49 have correct knowledge about the fertile period during the ovulatory cycle...more
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"A plan of action on the sexual and reproductive health of mothers, newborns, children and adolescents has been approved within the framework of the national health strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan for the period 2016–2020" (25). "The procedure for providing medical counselling on reproductive health to minors, including members of at-risk groups, was approved under a Government decision of 28 November 2015. On the basis of reproductive health centres, 21 medical counselling units, where medical and psychological assistance is provided to young people from at risk groups, have been established and are in operation" (25).
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

However, the Committee notes with concern: (b) The limited contraceptive coverage under the health insurance scheme; (c) The long waiting periods for health appointments, in particular with respect to sexual and reproductive health services, especially for women in rural areas" (10).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The MoH founded a Working Group which prepared the Draft National Programme for Preservation and Improvement of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the R Serbia, the adoption of which by the Government is planned by the end of 2017 under the work plans of the MoH and the Government. Inclusion of abortion expenses in the health insurance system requires a multi-sectoral approach, primarily participation of the Republic Health Insurance Fund" (36).
June 14, 2020, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Pakistani women largely seek abortions because they either don't know about contraception or cannot access reliable contraception--or they've stopped using contraception after suffering complications, Sathar says" (para 11). "That means women aren't advised about contraception or supplied contraceptives when they are most amenable: after childbirth, receiving postnatal care or immunizing their babies, says Sathar of the Population Council. She described it as one of the chief 'structural flaws of how we provide family planning'" (para 16). "She is illiterate and said she didn't know anything about sex or contraception early in her marriage" (para 19). "Health workers do reach out to women to provide information about family planning. Some 130,000...more
June 5, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Knowledge of contraceptive methods is widespread in Papua New Guinea, with 88% of currently married women and 92% of currently married men age 15-49 knowing at least one method of contraception. The methods most widely known among currently married women are injectables (78%), male condoms (76%), the pill (75%), and implants (72%). Among men, the most widely known method by far is the male condom (86%). Men are more likely to know about traditional methods than women (72% and 67%, respectively). On average, women know 6.4 contraceptive methods and men know 6.0 methods (Table 7.1)" (104). "Sexually active unmarried women and men are slightly more likely to have heard of...more
May 31, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Knowledge of contraceptive methods is almost universal in India, with 99 percent of currently married women and men age 15-49 knowing at least one method of contraception. Forty-two percent of currently married women and 48 percent of currently married men know about emergency contraception. Only one in seven currently married women and one in eight currently married men know about the lactational amenorrhoea method (LAM)" (111). "Female sterilization remains the most popular modern contraceptive method. Among currently married women age 15-49, 36 percent use female sterilization, followed by male condoms (6%) and pills (4%). Six percent use a traditional method, mostly the rhythm method. Among sexually active unmarried women, female...more
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"That law contained the following provisions: (a) it amended article 25 of the law taxing alcoholic beverages to read that 'of the tax collected, at least 15 per cent shall be allocated to MSPAS programmes dealing with sexual and reproductive health, family planning and alcoholism, and of that percentage, 30 per cent shall be allocated to the purchase of contraceptive inputs, pursuant to article 19 of Decree No. 87-2005' " (11-12). "The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPAS) prioritizes all women’s access to high-quality, warm and culturally sensitive health care, providing maternity care for pregnant women of diverse ethnic origin, age and geographic locations. To that end, it...more
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Knowledge of modern contraceptive methods is higher among sexually active unmarried women (98%) than currently married women (94%), with the former knowing about 9 methods on average and the latter knowing about 7 methods. The most commonly known modern methods among currently married women are injectables (88%) and pills (87%), followed by implants (78%), male condoms (77%), and lactational amenorrhoea (58%). Seventy-two percent of currently married women are aware of a traditional method of contraception" (130). "The most commonly used modern methods of contraception among currently married women are injectables and implants (3% each), while the most common modern method used by sexually active unmarried women is the male condom...more
May 15, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the legislative measures taken by the State party to facilitate access to contraception and abortion, including full insurance coverage, free contraception for adolescents and urgent contraception prescribed by school nurses" (14).
May 12, 2020, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Overall, 52% of currently married women use a method of family planning. The most commonly used method is the IUD (21%), followed by withdrawal (13%), the pill (8%), and the male condom (5%)" (pg 103). "Knowledge of contraceptive methods is almost universal in Jordan, with virtually all (99.5%) ever-married women and 97% of all men knowing at least one method of contraception. On average, women have heard of eight methods and men have heard of five methods" (pg 103). "The most commonly known method among women is the intrauterine device (IUD) (98%), followed by the pill (96%) and withdrawal (94%). Among men, the most commonly known methods are the IUD...more
April 30, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Thirty female lawyers nationwide have written a letter to authorities demanding that they remove stipulations under the family planning policy that violate women's rights and interests" (para 1). "The lawyers are hoping that authorities will establish a supervision mechanism to regulate the behavior of family planning officials and an accountability mechanism to avoid a repeat of the tragedy that happened to Feng" (para 5).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Pakistan pledged to enhance its contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) to 50% to contribute towards Family Planning 2020 commitments (Jones 2016). This means reaching out and ensuring an additional 4.2 million women become users of family planning methods by 2022" (113). "Use of a modern contraceptive method is substantially higher among currently married women with three or more living children relative to women with fewer than three children. Modern contraceptive use among currently married women increases according to wealth quintile, from 17% for women in the lowest quintile to 30% for those in the highest quintile. Current use of modern contraception by currently married women is quite low in FATA and...more
April 14, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Modern contraceptive methods consist of female sterilization, male sterilization, intrauterine device (IUD), pill, implants, injectable, male condom, disphragm, lactational amenorrhea method (LAM), and emergency contraception. Traditional contraceptive methods include rhythm, withdrawal, and other traditional methods" (89). "Knowledge of contraceptive methods is nearly universal in Indonesia. Almost all women, currently married women age 15-49, and currently married men age 15-54 have heard of at least one modern method. Currently married women know an average of eight modern contraceptive methods, and currently married men know six methods. Four percent of women and currently married women and 5% of currently married men have heard of all modern methods. Pills and injectables are popular...more
April 4, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Access to modern forms of contraception remains insufficient, as they are provided at a limited number of health facilities" (11).
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Knowledge of contraceptive methods is almost universal in the Maldives, with 98% of currently married women and 99% of currently married men age 15-49 knowing at least one method of contraception. The most widely known method for currently married women and men is the male condom, followed by the pill and female sterilisation. Emergency contraception is the least commonly known contraceptive method. On average, currently married women know nine contraceptive methods and currently married men know eight methods" (89-90). "Currently married women and men are slightly more likely to have heard of contraceptive methods than all respondents or sexually active unmarried respondents. For example, currently married women know an average...more
Feb. 8, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The 2001 South African National Contraception Policy Guidelines focused on clients’ right to choose amethod and placed emphasis on quality of care. These guidelines were updated in 2012 as the National Contraception and Fertility Planning Policy and Service Delivery Guidelines and the National Contraceptive Clinical Guidelines (NDoH 2013a). The updated guidelines highlight the fact that a range of contraceptive methods should be offered in a comprehensive, integrated manner with other relevant sexual and reproductive health services in the public sector and that contraceptive clients should have access to “accurate, unbiased information about all available methods in order to make an informed choice.” Methods available in the public health sector at...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"25% of currently married women has an unmet need for family planning, 26% have met need for family planning, and 49% have no need for family planning" (pg 97). "51% of the demand for family planning is satisfied, and 47% of the demand for family planning is satisfied with modern methods (Figure 7.5 and Table 7.12.1)" (pg 97). "Levels of unmet need have declined since the 2009-10 TLDHS. Among currently married women, unmet need has decreased from 32% in 2009-10 to 25% in 2016 as met need has increased slightly from 22% to 26%. The total demand for family planning has also decreased slightly from 54% in 2009-10 to 51%...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"In all departments, there are health centres and community health structures that make available contraceptive products and services for sexual and reproductive health. But totally free services and products are not always available, and there is no guarantee of national coverage" (18).