Topic » Contraceptives and Condoms
Around the world, 215 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting women's needs for family planning and maternal and child health care would prevent 53 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 14.5 million fewer abortions and 250,000 fewer women dying in pregnancy or childbirth annually. In addition, improving access to male and female condoms can significantly reduce the number of infections transmitted through sexual intercourse, including HIV.
PAI demonstrates that reproductive health services should be comprehensive and include a variety of contraceptive methods to meet the needs of women, men and young people. Meeting the demand for contraceptives would improve the health of women and the stability of their families and communities.
Now that the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network (EARHN) meeting is closed and the group is armed with a draft strategic plan, the PAI team here in Kampala has finally had the opportunity to explore the city. Carolyn Vogel, PAI VP of Programs, and I had a full day of meetings today to help us gain an understanding of the realities facing men, women and youth in Uganda who need of reproductive health and family planning supplies and services.
“I just heard of effective use of condoms, but I never knew how to use them.” These are the words of Juliet Awour, a Kenyan woman featured in PAI’s new documentary, Abstaining from Reality: U.S. Restrictions on HIV Prevention. Neither … Continue reading
Filmed in Kenya and Uganda, this short documentary provides a snapshot of the Bush administration’s abstinence-only approach to HIV prevention as part of its global HIV/AIDS assistance. Abstaining from Reality examines how these ideologically-driven programs are actually endangering the lives of the people they’re supposed to be protecting. Continue reading
Two recent studies have illuminated an alarming trend in Uganda: HIV policies that do not link or integrate family planning and reproductive health programs are missing the mark and putting more people at risk of contracting HIV. The first, conducted … Continue reading
Elizabeth Leahy In this era of tight financial resources for international family planning – as evidenced by the recent budget cuts proposed by President Bush in the United States – are the world’s donated contraceptives reaching the women and men … Continue reading
View the updated report Comprehensive HIV Prevention: Comprehensive HIV Prevention: Condoms and Contraceptives Count by Nada Chaya, Kali-Ahset Amen with Michael Fox Condoms Count tracks funding levels and the quantities of condoms provided to developing countries by donors, as part of its tracking … Continue reading