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The safety and feasibility of female condom reuse: report of a WHO consultation, 28-29 January 2002, Geneva.
Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, 2002. , 15 p.According to the recommendations of the first consultation, this second meeting (January 2002) was planned to review the resulting data and to develop further guidance on the safety of reuse of the female condom. The specific objectives and anticipated outcomes of this second consultation were to: Review the results and evaluate the implications of the recently completed microbiology and structural integrity experiments and the human use study; Develop a protocol or set of instructions for disinfecting and cleaning used female condoms safely; Outline future research areas and related issues for programme managers to consider when determining the balance of risks and benefits of female condom reuse in various contexts and settings. (excerpt)
Report from the Meeting on Changing Communication Strategies for Reproductive Health and Rights, December 10-11, 1997, Washington, D.C.
[New York, New York, Population Council, Health and Development Policy Project, . v, 85 p.The Working Group on Reproductive Health and Family Planning (FP) was convened by the Health and Development Policy Project and the Population Council in 1994 to help make US-supported international FP programs consistent with the Plan of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. This document reports on a 1997 Working Group meeting on "Changing Communication Strategies for Reproductive Health and Rights." The first part of the report reviews changing communication strategies and offers a brief history of health communication. Part 2 presents results of a panel discussion about client-provider interactions, community participation, and the interface of client satisfaction and quality of health care. The third part summarizes a panel discussion on community mobilization and reproductive rights education strategies, including communication strategies for maternal health and rights in Bolivia; sex education in Latin America; IEC (information, education, communication), FP, and sexually transmitted diseases interventions; and a methodology for incorporating gender issues into community AIDS prevention programs. Part 4 contains papers from a panel on the mass media and social marketing that consider how to use the media as a tool for social change, a communication strategy to increase male involvement in FP in Zimbabwe, marketing the female condom in Zimbabwe, and the empowerment of women and youth in Nicaragua. The final sections present donors' perspectives, a summary of themes covered in technical group discussions, and appendices.
AIDSLINK. 1997 May-Jun; (45):13.AIDS is spreading most rapidly among women, who often cannot negotiate the use of a male condom with reluctant partners. Recent findings from 6 countries, however, indicate that women can draw upon peer support to help them negotiate female condom use with reluctant partners. These findings come from Family Health International's (FHI) AIDS Control and Prevention (AIDSCAP) Project's introduction of the female condom to women through peer support groups in Kenya and Brazil, and the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS' (UNAIDS) coordinated studies in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Mexico, and Senegal on sexual negotiation, women's empowerment, and the female condom, also using group education sessions. The US Agency for International Development recently committed $100,000 toward the purchase of 150,000 female condoms for operations research and familiarization in countries where officials have not been exposed to the method. More than 130 participants from 19 countries attended FHI's May 1-2, 1997, conference on the female condom convened in Arlington, Virginia.