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Latest items for DACH-PRACTICE-1

May 2, 2024, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Denmark and Greenland have formally agreed to launch a two-year investigation into historic birth control practices carried out for many years on Inuit Greenlanders by Danish doctors. Thousands of Inuit women and girls were fitted with an intrauterine device (IUD), commonly known as a coil, during the 1960s and 70s" (para 1-2). "It was in the 1970s that a doctor told Naja, who believes she was then aged about 13, to go to her local hospital to have a coil implanted following a routine school medical examination" (para 5). "'I didn't really know what it [was] because he never explained or got my permission,' says Naja, who at the time...more
April 30, 2024, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Healthcare facilities have been forced to temporarily close as a result of the violence, and thousands of people have fled their homes" (para 8).
April 30, 2024, 8:19 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"And Israel’s national emergency medical and disaster service is for the first time segregating men and women during the academic part of paramedic training undertaken to fulfill a national service requirement, the Israeli news media reported last week. A spokesman, Nadav Matzner, said that many of the students were religious, and emphasized that all of the clinical training will be in mixed-sex settings and that paramedics must provide care for everyone" (para 13) If trainings are getting segregated and there is a tendency for men to want to segregate women in public life, women getting access to healthcare could be an issue if it comes down to an emergency and...more
April 28, 2024, 11:18 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Additional financing for the Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary Project includes sub grants to schools to provide cash transfers, in an effort to get both boys and girls back into school, with differentiated application for girls. (Early results show that girls’ examination pass rates have started to recover from their low in 2020)" (para 9).
April 28, 2024, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"I’m encouraged to hear that in the DRC, the government has begun to strengthen the safety of primary schools with World Bank support: 100% of primary school teachers in the provinces where the Emergency Equity and System Strengthening in Education project operates have signed a revised Code of Good Conduct that includes clear definitions of prohibited behavior pertaining to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, and also lays out sanctions. About 20,000 safe and inclusive school focal points were appointed in all public primary schools in project provinces and a dedicated channel for resolving sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEA/SH) complaints was integrated in the ministry’s grievance mechanisms (Allo...more
April 28, 2024, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, DACH-PRACTICE-2

"n Angola, the Girls Empowerment and Learning Project includes improved access to sexual and reproductive health services. For out-of-school youth, the project scales up second-chance education, incorporating life skills and adolescent health information. It introduces a scholarship program reaching 900,000 youth entering secondary school, with a registration bonus for girls" (para 9).
April 28, 2024, 11:08 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Programs like the Tanzania Sustainable Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program, an IDA-financed Program for Results that focus on school sanitation needs can be a game changer for girls. Similarly, the ongoing Secondary Education Quality Improvement Program which supports the implementation of a comprehensive Safe Schools Program, also targets infrastructure improvements, including a reasonable student-to-latrine ratio for both girls and boys" (para 11).
April 19, 2024, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[A] National programme for the preservation and improvement of sexual and reproductive health, in 2017 [was adopted or established]" (2, 14). "[There is] insufficient coverage of organized screenings for the early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer" (14). "[T]he free and informed consent of the woman concerned is [not guaranteed to be] acquired" (14). "Roma women, older women, poor women, women with disabilities, refugee and internally displaced women and women heads of household continue to experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination... [T]hose women continue to have limited access to health care" (16).
March 30, 2024, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he human papillomavirus vaccination programme, targeting girls 11 years of age,[was] launched in 2016, although the participation rate remains low" (12).
March 15, 2024, 2:30 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he State has established the National Cancer Prevention and Monitoring Programme, which provides all women with free, walk-in cancer screening at health centres. The Programme also provides training for health practitioners (midwives), NGOs and community health liaison workers" (18). "The creation of a mandatory health insurance system, with a special fund for the poor (low-income Gabonese people) that covers 80 per cent of health-related costs, including medications, has expanded women's access to basic health-care services" (18). "[H]ealth providers [are trained to] provid[e] care for mothers and children in all health facilities in the country" (20).
Feb. 20, 2024, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[Female] victims [do not] have access to comprehensive medical treatment, mental health care and psychosocial support" (4). "Access for women and girls to sexual and reproductive health services and family planning services is inadequate, especially among indigenous women and girls, who also lack access to vaccinations" (12). "[W]omen and girls do not] have access to accurate information relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights [. A]ll women, including rural and indigenous women [do not] have access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services" (12). "Pygmy women [do not] have access to affordable sexual and reproductive health-care services, basic prenatal and postnatal care and emergency obstetric services" (15).more
Feb. 20, 2024, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Facing further barriers, all women in Qatar need to show they are married in order to access certain forms of sexual and reproductive healthcare, adds Begum. This can include treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV and pregnancy" (para 26).
Feb. 16, 2024, 4:44 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"'Honduran women, I will not fail you, I will defend your rights, all your rights, count on me,' said Castro, whose resounding election victory ended a dozen years of conservative rule and generated high hopes for change in a country with one of the highest rates of femicide and most restrictive laws against reproductive rights in Latin America" (para 2). "Their main grievance was the failure to fulfil a campaign promise to legalise emergency contraceptives without restrictions" (para 6). "Honduras is the only country in Latin America with absolute bans on abortion and emergency contraceptives. A recent proposal to legalise emergency contraceptives in cases of rape sparked indignation" (para 7)....more
Jan. 29, 2024, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[There is] inadequate staffing of rural health-care centres owing to the brain drain of medical professionals" (12). "[A]ccess to high-quality health-care services [is limited] for women belonging to disadvantaged groups who are not covered by health insurance, including women working in the informal sector, women engaged in unpaid domestic work, migrant women and those who are victims of gender-based violence, trafficking or forced marriage" (12). "[There is] limited access to health-care services, including maternal care services [against refugee and asylum-seeking women]" (14).
Jan. 28, 2024, 6:55 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"It’s no surprise that many older women complain of back pain, arthritis and poor eyesight, but they continue with all the household work and tending their smallholdings. 'I will continue to work as long as I have my health even though my back gives me terrible pain,' says Audette. I think it’s because I gave birth to so many children. I did have an X-ray and they gave medicine for the pain, but as soon as I started working in the fields again the pain came back. It used to be that the fields gave us enough, now they don’t provide enough to support families'"(para 12-13). This quote shows that...more
Jan. 19, 2024, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[S]urvivors of gender-based violence are to receive health care free of charge" (14). "UNFPA, through its support to the Ministry of Health, has expanded the provision of free, quality, emergency obstetric care in all areas of the country" (14). "Women also receive health-care services provided by various medical facilities, such as the care provided free of charge to women suffering from obstetric fistula and women victims of sexual violence" (22-23). "As part of the national strategy for combating gender-based violence, the Ministry of Public Health, with the support of humanitarian partners, offers free medical and psychological care to victims of rape and sexual assault" (25).
Jan. 16, 2024, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Training of health care providers on the clinical management of GBV including forensic evidence preservation, collection and reporting was enhanced since 2011 following the development of the Gender Based Violence Health Sector Policy Framework and Health Care Service Providers’ Protocols and Service Standards. These Protocols and Service Standards provide for counselling by health care providers and training for hospital based social workers on GBV. The clinicians are also trained in screening skills to identify survivors of GBV" (16). " The Revised National Population Policy (2010) makes provisions for Adolescent Friendly Health Services to ensure access to Reproductive Health Services that can in turn promote the retention of girl children in...more
Jan. 13, 2024, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[F]ree health care for pregnant and lactating women and for emergencies across the country is recommended in the new ministerial guidelines of 2013" (36). This recommendation does not imply implementation. Therefore, these categories of women may still have to pay for healthcare (MV-coder comment). "[The] national health development plan (2006–2015) and the health sector transition plan (2015–2017) [have] several actions to support women, including: Providing free medical and psychosocial care to victims of gender-based violence with the support of WHO; 27,977 women and girls are in the care of the services[, and] providing free emergency obstetric care" (37).
Jan. 13, 2024, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"44 health-care providers [were trained] between 2017 and 2018 under the lead of the Ministry of Public Health" (26). "A free care programme for women victims of violence is being implemented by the Ministry of Public Health and international non-governmental organizations such as the Red Cross and Médecins sans frontières in certain local health-care centres (Castors maternity hospital, Begoa health-care centre and certain health-care facilities in provincial towns)" (28). "In Bangui, the Ministry of Public Health, in partnership with certain international non-governmental organizations, has opened two referral and medical care centres for victims of gender-based violence" (29).
Jan. 4, 2024, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The proportion of women doctors increased from 40 per cent in 2016 to 42 per cent in 2020" (25). "‘Screen for Life’ is a national screening programme [that] includes cervical cancer screening for eligible women aged 25 years or above, and breast cancer screening for eligible women aged 50 years or above. Apart from the two women-centric cancers... In Singapore, HPV vaccination is recommended for females aged nine to 26 years old, as part of the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule and National Adult Immunisation Schedule since 2010 and 2017 respectively. In April 2019, fully subsidised HPV vaccination was introduced as part of the national school-based health programme. From 1 November...more
Nov. 6, 2023, 11:49 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"In 2017, 66.9 per cent of women received screening for gynaecological diseases and 24.2 per cent of the women screened were found to have gynaecological diseases. The coverage of basic public health and family planning services for the mobile population remained above 87 per cent nationwide" (23). "The integration [of relevant facilities at the city,] will gradually enable such facilities to offer a full range of services covering maternal health, women’s health, children’s health and reproductive health" (24). “93 per cent of senior care institutions are equipped to provide different forms of medical and health services for their residents, delivering benefits to more older women" (25).
Nov. 3, 2023, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

“Only after the #MeToo movement did Ana find the strength to seek help. She went to a support centre for victims of crime, but they wanted evidence before agreeing to help her. She made her case to the doctor, who told her she was delusional and denied the support. 'It was heartbreaking. I couldn't understand how a doctor running a support centre wouldn't help me,' she says. 'I felt like I was trapped in a dark room with no exit.' A few months later she tried to kill herself” (para 22-23). “Then the gender equality ministry stepped in. They found her a place in the safe house, provided counselling and...more
Oct. 30, 2023, 6:46 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"China has greatly improved the health of rural women by offering free screening for cervical and breast cancer and expanding the coverage of early diagnosis and treatment of these two types of cancer" (27).
Oct. 10, 2023, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Our need for compassionate reproductive healthcare and our need for safe, just workplaces are intertwined. We can’t have a future where we achieve safe and healthy communities if we don’t address the ways that our pregnancy status and our status as workers must align. We must do this work even within the workplaces of those fighting for reproductive health, rights and justice: Clinic workers, abortion funders and abortion seekers are also deserving of workplaces that have accommodations for their health needs" (para 19).
Oct. 5, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The prison in Bogotá is one of the biggest in Colombia, housing 1,859 women. There is one doctor on duty during the day and another at night. Women can’t get appointments. There are lots of sick people and a lack of specialist care" (para 5). "There is no one to treat gynaecological ailments. There is no one to test for cancer, or to carry out breast exams. There are so many flaws in the system in terms of reproductive and sexual health. I suffered uterine problems and used to get strong cramps and heavy bleeding. I was given ibuprofen for the pain and had to make do" (para 6) Even...more
Oct. 4, 2023, 6:58 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Many women, in particular rural women, face barriers to obtaining identity documents, which restricts their access to, inter alia, education, health care, employment opportunities, bank loans and property" (10). "[There is a] lack of comprehensive age-appropriate school curricula on sexual and reproductive health and rights" (11). "[W]omen [are unable to access] inclusive health-care services and affordable medical assistance provided by trained personnel, in particular in rural areas" (13). "[M]igrant and asylum-seeking women and girls [are not guaranteed access] to employment, accommodations, education, health-care services and other support, including food, clothing and the necessary social services, appropriate to their particular needs" (15).
Sept. 30, 2023, 4 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the State party for enacting a strong legal framework for health protection and its considerable progress in the reduction of maternal mortality. However, it is concerned about the following:(c) The age restriction imposed on adolescents to have access to health services, including abortion and mental health care, without parental consent;" (p.14).
Sept. 26, 2023, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Spanish lawmakers adopted on Thursday a new bill creating a menstrual leave for women suffering from painful periods and strengthening access to abortion in public hospitals" (para 1)."The length of sick leave that doctors will be able to grant to women suffering from painful periods has not been specified in the bill" (para 5). "'Menstrual leave' is one of the key measures in the broader legislation, which also provides for increased access to abortion in public hospitals. Less than 15 per cent of abortions performed in the country take place in these institutions, mainly because of conscientious objections by doctors" (para 8). "It is also to allow minors to have...more
Sept. 25, 2023, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Saglyk’s comprehensive content on sexual and reproductive health is our most read. There is a great demand for this information, especially among women and girls. Turkmen schools don’t teach it. Families don’t discuss it. The media does not publish stories about it. The public space to discuss this basic aspect of being human is nonexistent" (para.5). "Government agencies sustain this confusion by not providing science-based information to the public and failing to provide any public health data. This leads to women and girls in Turkmenistan having poor health outcomes. It also strips them of their agency." (para.6). "Patriarchal culture, harmful traditions, government inaction and absence of public education and communication...more
Sept. 22, 2023, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"[U]rban refugees in particular were unable to obtain legal documents following passage of the asylum law and at times faced difficulty accessing public services such as health care and education" (14). This includes feminine care for women (MV- coder comment).