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[A guide to providing reproductive health services] Guia para prestacao de services em saude reprodutiva.
Fortaleza, Brazil, Secretaria da Saude, 1998. xxvi, 432 p.The Viva Mulher [Healthy Woman] Program developed by the Secretariat of Health of the State of Ceará (SESA-CE), in partnership with several local, national and international institutions, was conceived after recognition of the unfavorable health situation of women throughout the State. Sensitized by the size of the problem and encouraged by other successful initiatives, such as the Community Health Agent program and the Healthy Child program, the results of which were translated into a reduction in infant mortality and an increase in the coverage of Basic Health Actions, the State Government resolved to promote a broad mobilization of institutions interested in the problems so as to develop intensive joint efforts involving society as a whole in an attempt to make a significant change in the health profile of women in Ceará. The first concrete act was the holding of the "Woman, Health, Life" seminar in Fortaleza in August 1992, which had more than 1,000 participants, to launch the Healthy Woman program on the basis of directives from the Ministry of Health (PAISM). The Healthy Woman program was associated from the beginning with the United Nations Population Fund (FNUAP), which proposed to offer technical assistance and financial resources through a four-year cooperation project with the State Government. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), collaborating agencies of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) and other international entities later joined in the process and have been cooperating in various complementary manners. (excerpt)
Population Reports. Series A: Oral Contraceptives. 1974 Apr; (1): p.This report provides data on worldwide distribution of oral contraceptives (OCs) over the last decade. Marketing figures and information on government and international distribution programs were provided by AID, the Swedish International Development Authority, UNICEF, and IPPF. It is noted that in at least 5 developed countries (Canada, Australia, West Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand) 25% or more of all women aged 15-44 are regularly purchasing OCs from pharmacies. If women receiving supplies from family planning programs are included, the U.S. and the United Kingdom are now close to the 20% level. The highest usage rate is in the Netherlands where nearly 30% of the fecund women bought OCs regularly in 1972 and 37% in the first half of 1973. The hazards of OCs publicized in 1969 and 1970 caused noticeably reduced purchases. In Australia 15-22% of the women taking OCs discontinued their use following adverse reports. By 1971 when further evaluations put earlier warnings into a more reassuring perspective and lower dosage formulations became available, sales in developed countries substantially exceeded previous levels.