Topic » Reproductive Health Supplies
Around the world, more than 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Often, these women must travel far from their communities to reach a health facility, only to return home empty-handed due to stock-outs. When women seeking family planning services are turned away, they are unable to protect themselves from unintended pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
Despite an increased demand for reproductive health supplies, donor support is fading, and many national governments have not prioritized ensuring access. Limited human resources, weak transportation and outdated inventory systems all lead to major delays in delivery to local facilities, sometimes causing supplies to sit in storage while clinics experience severe shortages.
PAI has been a leader on the issue of reproductive health supplies advocacy, co-sponsoring a 2001 meeting in Istanbul that brought together government representatives from donor and developing countries to seek solutions to the supply crisis. PAI continues to work to increase financial and political support for reproductive health supplies and coordinate national, regional, and global advocacy.
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Setting an agenda for reproductive health supplies In May 2001, 130 stakeholders from around the world gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss challenges related to shortages of reproductive health supplies at the global and national levels. The Istanbul meeting and … Continue reading
UN delegates and advocates gathered last month in New York to assess progress on the Millennium Development Goals. With just five years remaining to meet the goals, and maternal health (Goal 5) the furthest off-track, the MDG Summit was an … Continue reading
Empty Handed tells the story of women’s lack of access to reproductive health supplies in sub-Saharan Africa, and its impact on their lives. The film documents the challenges at each level of the supply chain and identifies key areas for improvement. Empty Handed aims to provoke discussion and mobilize support for reproductive health supplies. Continue reading
Pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide. Cross-posted with OtherWords. A few weeks ago, a tiny resort community on the tip of Cape Cod found itself at the center of a national … Continue reading
Empty Handed tells the story of women’s lack of access to reproductive health supplies in sub-Saharan Africa, and its impact on their lives. Continue reading
Originally published on the Huffington Post. Canada did its best this week to act like George W. Bush. The government excluded family planning from a new maternal health initiative for developing countries it planned to launch at the G8 meeting … Continue reading