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South Africa. Improving access and choice in reproductive health education and services: PPASA in the South African urban slums.
Ampang, Malaysia, International Council on Management of Population Programmes [ICOMP], 2000 Sep.  p. (Series on Upscaling Innovations in Reproductive Health No. 12)South Africa has what is often described as the most progressive constitution in the world, guaranteeing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) to all regardless of race, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Since the new, democratically elected government came to power, numerous legal obstacles, which would have slowed down progress in improving reproductive health (RH), have been reformed. Despite these significant achievements in the field of RH, South Africa still has numerous and difficult obstacles to overcome. The government is in the process of transforming a previously fragmented health system into an integrated, unitary health system. The country is also facing the enormous task of dealing with a rapidly rising Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic, unwanted adolescent pregnancy, high maternal mortality rate, and increased sexual violence against women and children. Resources and other limitations related to the past legacy of apartheid have also slowed down the pace of bringing genuine equity and opportunity to all South Africa’s people, especially for women and youths. South Africa may be fairly described as the “potential engine for development in East and Southern Africa”, with growth accelerating to almost 3% and inflation falling to less than 10%. The high unemployment rate, however (25-30% overall, with almost double this rate for coloured people in South Africa), continues to undermine these economic achievements. An estimated 25% of South Africans (mostly black) subsist on less than $1.00 per day in the shadow of opulence and privilege. (excerpt)
In: Making childbirth safer through promoting evidence-based care, [compiled by] Global Health Council. Washington, D.C., Global Health Council, 2002 May. 12-14. (Technical Report)The WHO Reproductive Health (RH) Library project was initiated in 1997 with the objective of providing access to the most up-to-date and reliable information about the effectiveness of RH care interventions. The underlying theme was to make Cochrane systematic reviews available to health workers in under-resourced settings with additional contents to make the information easy to understand and apply. (excerpt)