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Latest items for DACH-PRACTICE-2

Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Reproductive health services for women have been further strengthened. The state guarantees that women enjoy good reproductive health services throughout the life cycle, such as conducting general surveillance and treatment of gynecological diseases, and providing adolescent and old-age healthcare. It has implemented the policy of free technical services for family planning, promoted informed choice of contraceptive methods and reduced unintentional pregnancies. It has kept investigating and preventing fetal sex identification for non-medical needs and sex-selective pregnancy termination. It has provided health education, vaccination, maternal health care and other basic public health services for women in the floating population, and has launched pilot programs to ensure equal access to family planning...more
Aug. 21, 2019, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Sixty-seven percent of currently married women report current use of a family planning method, and 66 percent use a modern method. The most popular contraceptive method is the pill, currently used by 41 percent of currently married women" (109).
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The public and private health sectors are equally popular as sources of modern contraception in Afghanistan. Most users get pills and condoms from the private medical sector (mainly pharmacies), while the public sector is more often the source for female sterilization, IUDs, and injectables" (103).
July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the introduction of a separate budget line for the free distribution of modern contraceptives and the modernization of medical centres and rural health-care centres, as well as the creation of new medical centres. Nevertheless, the Committee notes with concern: (a) The low percentage of the State party’s budget allocated to health care, including sexual and reproductive health services; (b) Women’s limited access to basic health-care services and sexual and reproductive health services, including modern contraceptives, and to the treatment of cancer of reproductive organs, in particular for rural women, women with disabilities, women from ethnic minorities and adolescent girls; (c) The use of abortion, including unsafe abortion,...more
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned: (a) That the adoption of a comprehensive programme on sexual and reproductive health and rights has long been pending, even though rates of teenage pregnancy and infant mortality are high and the incidence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, is increasing; (b) That the costs of modern forms of contraception for the purpose of preventing unintended pregnancies and abortion on request are not covered by public health insurance" (9).
July 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Sex education in public schools is based on abstinence until marriage, with limited information provided about sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the use of contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases" (7).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"MoEYS launched a life skill curriculum for primary school (Grades 5–6), lower secondary school (Grades 7–8), upper secondary school (Grades 10–11), and for youth out of school. The curriculums for each level include: basic reproductive, sexual and health education, including HIV/AIDS, hygiene and gender concepts (Grades 5–6); gender roles, sexuality and gender expression (Grades 7–8); human rights, gender equality, gender roles, sexual harassment and gender-based violence (Grades 10–11)" (23). "Family planning counseling and increasing the use of modern contraceptive remains a priority in the Fast Track Initiative Roadmap for reducing maternal mortality" (27). "The NSDP commits the government to four health priorities: 1) Improving sexual, reproductive, women’s and children’s health,...more
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned about the lack of access to modern contraception for adolescent girls and unmarried women, as well as the lack of information on sexual and reproductive health and rights" (10).
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-2, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"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. A lack of access to information and services remained a problem, however. Many women lacked access to contraception and skilled attendance during childbirth, including essential prenatal, obstetric, and postpartum care. The 2013-14 Zambia Health and Demographic Survey (ZDHS) indicated significant improvements in these areas: 45 percent of women ages 15-49 accessed modern family planning methods in 2013-14, compared with 33 percent in 2007. The percentage of childbirths assisted by a skilled provider increased...more
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the improvement of procedures and manuals in the field of gynaecological and obstetric care and the training of professionals on methods of family planning, as well the adoption of a national health strategy covering the period 2014-2020. It is concerned, however at: (...) (b) High rates of teenage pregnancy, the absence of mandatory age-appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the school curriculum and the lack of training of teachers in this field; (c) The refusal of health professionals and entire hospitals to perform medical abortions, thus causing women to seek unsafe and illegal abortions, the use of abortion as a means of contraception,...more
July 8, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The most commonly used modern methods of contraception among currently married women are injectables (19%) and implants (6%). Among sexually active unmarried women, injectables are also the most common method (21%), followed by male condoms (14%) (Figure 7.1)" (112).
July 8, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Couples and individuals generally had the right to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, 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. There continued, however, to be periodic media reports that the government directed doctors to sterilize women without their informed consent, purportedly to control the birth rate and reduce infant and maternal mortality. Contacts in the human rights and health-care communities confirmed there was anecdotal evidence suggesting that sterilizations without informed consent occurred, although it was unclear whether the practice was widespread and whether senior government officials directed it. Contraception...more
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"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 coercion, discrimination, or violence; however, family planning information and assistance were difficult to access, particularly in rural areas, where there were few health clinics. According to the 2011 Uganda DHS, one in three married women wanted to delay childbirth or space their children but could not access family planning aids. Of women and girls between ages 15 and 49, 18 percent used a modern method of contraception. Women also faced challenges of religious restrictions imposed by their...more
July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-LAW-1

"The unavailability, unaffordability and inaccessibility of modern contraceptives and sexual and reproductive health services in the State party, the criminalization of abortion and the fact that 45 per cent of incarcerated women are serving sentences up to 20 years of imprisonment on conviction for abortion and infanticide" (12).
July 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-2

"The government recognized the right of couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children, to have the information and means to do so, and to manage their reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Health clinics and local NGOs operated freely in disseminating information on family planning under the guidance of the Ministry of Health. There were no restrictions on the right to access contraceptives, but according to the 2015 Demographic Health Survey (DHS), only 17 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 used a modern method of contraception. The UN Population Division estimated the unmet need for...more
July 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-2, ABO-LAW-1

"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 means to do so free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Economic, cultural, and religious considerations and distance (in rural areas) sometimes limited women’s reproductive rights. Unmarried women under age 20, for example, may be denied reproductive health services. Additionally, in many areas, service providers sometimes required a husband’s permission before providing reproductive health services. Healthcare was not readily available for complications associated with abortion due to overall lack of women’s healthcare and the criminalization of abortion. According to 2014 estimates from the UN Population Division,...more
July 3, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The government did not interfere with the rights of individuals and couples to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, 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. Traditional stereotypes prevented women and girls from obtaining information on reproductive health" (Pg 21).
July 2, 2019, 2:25 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"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 was wide access to contraception, including in public restrooms, clinics, and workplaces throughout the country" (Pg 19).
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-1

"Although awareness of reproductive rights was lacking in some communities, couples were generally able to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and have access to the means and information to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. Contraception, skilled medical attendance during childbirth, and obstetric and postpartum care were not always accessible in rural areas. The UNPD estimated that 12 percent of girls and women ages 15-49 used a modern method of contraception in 2012" (Pg 65).
June 28, 2019, 10:58 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"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" (Pg 30).
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-2

"At the same time, the country has a modern contraceptive prevalence rate of only 1.5 percent among girls and women of reproductive age. The practice of dowry further limited some reproductive choices, since men who paid dowries to marry believed they had the final say in domestic decisions. High illiteracy rates among women limited their access to accurate information concerning the right to control their fertility. While couples were not subject to governmental coercion in deciding the number, spacing, and timing of children, or managing their reproductive health, few had access to accurate information, modern contraceptive methods, or family planning services" (Pg 36).
June 26, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-2

"A woman’s husband often made decisions regarding the couple’s reproduction. Women had very limited ability to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children or manage their reproductive health. Very limited information about and little access to contraception was available to women. According to the United Nations, an estimated 1.5 percent of girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 had access to a modern method of contraception. Women rarely had skilled attendants during pregnancy and childbirth, emergency care for complications arising from abortion, or essential obstetric and postpartum care" (Pg 35).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the current national sexual and reproductive health plan and the introduction of guidelines on the provision of comprehensive post-abortion services, requiring full confidentiality and medical secrecy for women who undergo an abortion" (10).
June 25, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Women and men generally were free to decide responsibly the timing, number, and spacing of their children, manage their reproductive health and have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence" (Pg 19).
June 24, 2019, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Couples and individuals generally were able to decide freely the number, spacing, and timing of their children; to have the information and means to do so; and to attain the highest standard of reproductive health free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. There was easy access to contraception and skilled attendance during childbirth" (Pg 19).
June 21, 2019, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"There were no reports of government interference in a couple’s right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of children; to manage their reproductive health; and to have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Prenatal care, essential obstetric care, and postpartum care were available, but patients were not always aware of its availability, and medical staff did not always emphasize its importance. Intrauterine devices were the most popular form of birth control, and women, regardless of marital status, were legally able to obtain them. Birth control pills also were available to women in local pharmacies without prescriptions. Although no legal barriers...more
June 20, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The government encouraged couples to have no more children than they could afford but also respected the right of couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of children, manage their reproductive health, and have the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. The government made available reproductive health services and contraceptives to all citizens regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity. The government promoted the involvement of men in family planning decisions and launched a campaign to reduce social stigma against vasectomies. More than 90 percent of the population participated in private or government-sponsored health insurance plans, and the poorest...more
June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern the delay in the adoption of a public policy on age-appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights and the lack of implementation of the comprehensive sex education programme" (11). "Lack of comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health and rights and family planning services and the limited access to modern contraceptives in the State party" (12).
June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-DATA-2

"Couples and individuals have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of children, but they often lacked the information and means to do so. Couples and individuals did not have the right to attain the highest standard of reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Young girls and women were especially vulnerable to problems related to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. They often lacked information and means to access care. According to a survey by the Women’s Empowerment Group released during 2013, only 25 percent of adolescents were aware of their sexual and reproductive rights. Spousal opposition also contributed to the challenges women faced in...more
June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"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