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Latest items for DACH-PRACTICE-2

March 31, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"Organisers are also callig for universal access to contraception and safe family planning, said Noor. 'Our healthcare system doesn't believe that women can make their own decisions. That's our cultural mindset - there are so many hindrances and limits on women's decision-making'" (para 16).
March 31, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti also have complete bans on abortion, but Honduras is the only country to also prohibit the use of emergency contraceptives sin all cases, including after rape" (para 15).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"According to this research, the employees of the HIV service organizations more often face violence against women, than against men...contraceptive sabotage (54 per cent referred to incidents with women and 15 per cent--with men)" (25).
Feb. 13, 2021, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“Similarly, a study of fertility and access to family planning in urban Bangladesh and Pakistan shows that poor women remain worse off than their wealthier counterparts, despite the expansion of family planning services in Bangladesh” (pp. 8).
Feb. 6, 2021, 1:25 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The news comes as the Chinese government is accused of carrying out 'demographic genocide' against the Uighur Muslim population by allegedly forcing birth control onto local women" (para. 3). "The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilisation and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show. Even while the use of IUDs and sterilisation has fallen nationwide, it is rising sharply in Xinjiang. The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply. Having too many children is a major reason people are sent to detention camps, the AP found,...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“Few to none of these maternal deaths are due to medical mismanagement. Instead, problems of access, care coordination, and inequities in health care resources and social services are at the heart of maternal death rates” (para. 2).
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“The Committee is concerned about the government structures specific to northern Rakhine State, with the border guard police holding both security and administrative authority over the townships with predominantly Rohingya populations. That unique arrangement has resulted in myriad local orders restricting freedom of movement, including to places of livelihood, and access to health services, including sexual and reproductive services, education and housing for Rohingya women and girls in the State party. The Committee recalls that the State party’s accountability with respect to implementing its obligations under article 2 is engaged through acts of commission and omission of all branches of Government. The decentralization of power does not absolve the State...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is also concerned at the scant budgetary resources allocated to health services, the disparities in maternal health care, including between urban and rural areas, the limited availability and accessibility of modern forms of contraception, including emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the lack of information and education on reproductive and sexual health, conditional maternity benefits that exclude some women and the lack of a mechanism for universal and accurate reporting of maternal deaths" (11).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“In addition, there are other sexual and reproductive health programmes led by the Ministry of Health in the areas of family planning; prevention and treatment of infertility and sexual dysfunction in women and men; prevention of induced abortion and treatment of complications; prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; management of HIV/AIDS; comprehensive health care for adolescents and youth; care for victims of violence and sexual abuse; prevention and control of colon uterine, breast and prostate cancer; and care during menopause and andropause. In addition, an integrated adolescent and youth health action strategy (National Public Health Directorate, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Children’s Fund, United States Agency for International...more
Jan. 2, 2021, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“Few to none of these maternal deaths are due to medical mismanagement. Instead, problems of access, care coordination, and inequities in health care resources and social services are at the heart of maternal death rates” (para. 2).
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Birth control is expensive and difficult to obtain, with some cities in the west, such as Maracaibo, lacking any stocks of contraception. This has caused pregnancies and HIV rates to skyrocket" (para 7).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Services such as vasectomies and female contraception will no longer be state-run under the new measures, but will still be available at private hospitals" (para 2). "Vasectomies will no longer be available at state-run medical centres, while contraceptives will only be offered to women for medical reasons" (para 4).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The gender inequalities in the health care system have direct effects on the health care-seeking behaviors. Inappropriate or delayed health care-seeking could lead to undesirable health outcomes, high fertility, unwanted pregnancies, medical complications, and amplified susceptibility to future illnesses among women" (para 6). "Early marriage, repeated pregnancies and use of abortion for contraception make women prone to reproductive tract diseases and sexually transmitted infections" (para 29). If girls use abortion for contraception, they likely don't have access to contraceptives (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "Women’s ability to enforce contraceptive use is very limited because of the unilateral power that their male partners/husbands exercise in fertility decisions. A woman is persuaded to...more
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

“[The] Reproductive Health Policy (2015) and its Implementation Strategy (2016-2018)…increase[s] women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in the State party” (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
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-LAW-1

"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
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, FSCB-LAW-1

“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
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, DACH-LAW-1

"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