Investing in Reproductive Justice for All: Toward a US Foreign Policy on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: Investing in Reproductive Justice for All: Toward a US Foreign Policy on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Report)
Persons: Reviewee: Center for Health and Gender Equity
Accession Number: 236247786
Full Text: Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), 2009

CHANGE conducted a field inquiry in Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and Botswana to examine programmes with comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health and explore problems that arise when programmes are artificially segregated and/or not based on human rights. Extensive interviews were conducted and recent data consulted. CHANGE found a programme providing high quality care in a full range of services in the Dominican Republic, but which had to rely on user fees due to recently ended US assistance for family planning and reproductive health. In Ethiopia, a programme was training lay people in the community to offer comprehensive services. Services in Botswana were fragmented and not comprehensive, and women's rights are often undermined, partly due to US funding conditions. The report concludes that US policies and funding structures often pose significant obstacles to comprehensive care models, for example driven by the Global Gag Rule, funding silos, abstinence-until-marriage policies and the anti-prostitution loyalty oath. CHANGE makes recommendations to the US government to alter its policies in order to protect the rights of women and girls worldwide.

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