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Road-mapping a total market approach for family planning and reproductive health commodity security. Workshop materials.
Seattle, Washington, PATH, 2013.  p.To meet the challenge of sustaining reproductive health commodity security in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the United Nations Population Fund and PATH developed workshops to increase awareness about total market approaches and develop an action plan for the region. These workshop materials are from two regional workshops that were held in April 2013.
Experiences from the field: HIV prevention among most at risk adolescents in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Geneva, Switzerland, UNICEF, Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, .  p.This document shares experiences in an effort to support programmers, policymakers, and donors to carry out and strengthen further programming among most-at-risk-adolescents (MARA) and other vulnerable adolescents in the Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Region and beyond. It presents programming experiences from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine. The overarching goal of these programs has been to promote HIV prevention among MARA and to ensure their integration into national HIV / AIDS program strategies and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
Reproductive Health Matters. 2011 Nov; 19(38):197-207.In March 2009, UN member states met at the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to discuss the priority theme of "the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS". This meeting focused the international community's attention on care issues and generated Agreed Conclusions that aimed to lay out a roadmap for care policy. I examine how the frame of "care" - a contested concept that has long divided feminist researchers and activists - operated in this site. Research involved a review of documentation related to the meeting and interviews with 18 participants. Using this research I argue that the frame of care united a range of groups, including conservative faith-based actors who have mobilized within the UN to roll back sexual and reproductive rights. This policy alliance led to important advances in the Agreed Conclusions, including strong arguments about the global significance of care, especially in relation to HIV; the need for a strong state role; and the value of caregivers' participation in policy debates. However, the care frame also constrained debate at the CSW, particularly about disability rights and variations in family formation. Those seeking to reassert sexual and reproductive rights are grappling with such limitations in a range of ways, and attention to their efforts and concerns can help us better understand the potentials and dangers for feminist intervention within global policy spaces. Copyright (c) 2010 UNRISD. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
A guide for developing national policies on young people’s sexual andreproductive health and rights.
Entre Nous. 2009; 69:8-9.IPPF European Network (IPPF EN) has been a lead advocate for young people's sexual health and rights (SRHR) over the years and its Member Associations have piloted initiatives to provide sexuality education, information and services and promote a right based approach towards the SRHR of young people. IPPF EN and like-minded organizations consider that sustainable gains in ensuring young people's SRHR can only be obtained if there is a solid framework of sound and comprehensive policies. Therefore building on evidence, research and our expertise we developed, together with WHO, a set of tools to assist policy and decision makers in providing such a framework.
Investing in young people: UNFPA’s commitment to advancing the rightsof adolescents and youth in the eastern Europe and central Asia (EECA)Region.
Entre Nous. 2009; 69:4-5.Investing in young people is an investment in the future. Yet more than half of young people throughout the globe live in poverty. Impoverished youth are particularly at risk of gender discrimination, poor schooling, unemployment and poor access to health services. They are also less likely to know of, claim and exercise their rights to reproductive health information and services.
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 2008 Oct; 34(4):269-70.User choice is central to contraceptive practice, as opposed to therapeutic care where the view of the prescriber tends to prevail. Provider organisations have to make difficult decisions in selecting the methods of contraception that are offered, particularly with the multitude of new products and the controversies that have surrounded the value of some of them. The World Health Organization (WHO) Model List of Essential Medicines is a valuable tool in strengthening the provision of contraceptive commodities as part of international development efforts.
A nongovernmental organization's national response to HIV: the work of the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV.
Geneva, Switzerland, UNAIDS, 2007 Jul. 47 p. (UNAIDS Best Practice Collection; UNAIDS/07.23E; JC1305E)The All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (the 'Network') was formed in the late 1990s by HIV-positive individuals alarmed at the surging HIV epidemic in their country and the lack of resources and support for themselves and others living with the virus. It has grown rapidly and steadily since then, providing services and support to more than 14 000 people living with HIV. Its roots are in the self-help ethos, based on the belief that people living with HIV must be directly involved in leading national and local responses to HIV. The Network's four key strategy components are: increasing access to non-medical care, treatment and support; lobbying and advocating to protect the rights of people living with HIV; seeking to increase acceptance towards people living with HIV throughout society; and enhancing the organizational capacity of the Network. (excerpt)
London, England, ECPAT UK, 2006. 55 p.The sexual abuse of children perpetrated by foreign nationals in tourism destinations, was first formally investigated in South East Asia in the late 1980s. One of the first organizations to expose 'child sex tourism' was the Bangkok based Ecumenical Coalition On Third World Tourism (ECTWT) which had been monitoring the impacts of tourism in Asia since 1982. ECTWT researchers investigated the growth in tourism related child prostitution in several Asian countries including Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. While largely anecdotal, this early research found that child prostitution was reaching alarming levels and that while the highest level of demand for children in prostitution was from local men, it was increasingly also coming from foreign tourists. The research findings were the impetus for a number of Asian-based non-governmental organisations to launch the international Campaign to End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT) in 1990. The ECPAT international movement has grown to encompass national representatives in over 70 countries. ECPAT UK was one of the first European ECPAT partners and was established in 1994 as The Coalition Against Child Prostitution and Tourism to campaign for new laws to prosecute British nationals travelling abroad to abuse children. (excerpt)
Copenhagen, Denmark, World Health Organization [WHO], Regional Office for Europe, Health Evidence Network, 2006 Feb. 37 p. (Health Evidence Network Report)This is a Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on the effectiveness of empowerment strategies to improve health and reduce health disparities. The report shows that empowering initiatives can lead to health outcomes and that empowerment is a viable public health strategy. The key message from this review is that empowerment is a complex strategy that sits within complex environments. Effective empowerment strategies may depend as much on the agency and leadership of the people involved, as the overall context in which they take place. HEN, initiated and coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, is an information service for public health and health care decision-makers in the WHO European Region. Other interested parties might also benefit from HEN. This HEN evidence report is a commissioned work and the contents are the responsibility of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the official policies of WHO/Europe. The reports were subjected to international review, managed by the HEN team. (author's)
Choices. 2001 Autumn; 26-9.The specific location of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) Regional Office in Brussels provides an excellent opportunity to advocate the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights within the European Union (EU). To do this, IPPF EN undertakes a broad range of activities ranging from political advocacy, by, for example, influencing the content of a document or draft legislation, to awareness-raising activities such as the organization of events, information sessions, debates and discussions. Very often these actions are driven by the agenda of the different EU institutions. However, IPPF EN has an agenda of its own and a mission based on health, choice and rights and seeks every opportunity to make itself heard on these issues. The present article will focus on some aspects of advocacy work undertaken by IPPF EN in two areas of work of the EU, namely the Enlargement process and Development policy. In both these areas, IPPF EN has been advocating sexual and reproductive health and rights with some very encouraging results. (author's)
Choices. 2001 Autumn; 23-5.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network consists of 38 member Family Planning Associations (FPAs) in as many countries in Europe, a Field Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the RO in Brussels. Thus by its nature it is well fitted to play a major advocacy role. The diverse backgrounds and expertise of staff and volunteers in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights make the Network a strong partner in political advocacy while its geographical coverage allows for multi-faceted interventions at national, European and international levels. (author's)
Choices. 2001 Autumn; 2-5.The dictionary definition of advocacy is as “active support, especially of a cause.” International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network has further refined this definition as the act or process of supporting a cause or issue. It is not the simple act of giving information. It is seeking to influence, to lobby for change and to sustain that change, once it has been achieved. It became necessary to refine the definition to enable colleagues throughout Europe to translate the word into their own languages. Despite the complexities of language, there is no difficulty with the concept. It is now well understood that it is an essential part of the work of movements such as IPPF and its Family Planning Associations, which want to make a difference and to improve the quality of life of people and which want to ensure that governments honor their responsibilities and agreed commitments. (author's)