IHP news 473: SR/Mat/neonatal & child health

By on June 8, 2018

International Journal for Equity in Health – Do free caesarean section policies increase inequalities in Benin and Mali?

M Ravit, V Ridde et al; https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-018-0789-x

Benin and Mali introduced user fee exemption policies focused on caesarean sections (C-sections) in 2005 and 2009, respectively. These policies had a positive impact on access to C-sections and facility based deliveries among all women, but the impact on socioeconomic inequality is still highly uncertain. The objective of this study was to observe whether there was an increase or a decrease in urban/rural and socioeconomic inequalities in access to C-sections and facility based deliveries after the free C-section policy was introduced….”

ODI – Giving back choice: the Irish Referendum, the Gag Rule and the future for women’s and girls’ rights

Fiona Samuels; https://www.odi.org/comment/10651-giving-back-choice-irish-referendum-gag-rule-and-future-women-s-and-girls-rights

“…ODI had the honour of hosting a round table discussion with ODI Distinguished Fellow and SheDecides founder Lilianne Ploumen. Three broad themes were discussed: How can SheDecides continue to drive momentum on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) policy at the national and international level? How can it overcome discriminatory social, cultural and religious norms to protect and advance the rights of women and girls? What are the catalysts for change in progressing SRHR more broadly and how can they be operationalised by SheDecides? I was struck by the movement’s clarity of purpose (a focus on safe abortions), its flexibility and its willingness to explore its future, its structure and its desire for transparency and accountability….”

Lancet Global Health (blog) – 1968: a revolutionary year, also for reproduction

By the Nordic Ministers for Development; http://globalhealth.thelancet.com/2018/06/01/1968-revolutionary-year-also-reproduction

1968 became synonymous with a generation known for its ambition to change the world for the better. A historic decision was made that year, which carried the potential to fundamentally change the lives of all individuals – and of women in particular. On April 22, 1968, delegations from 84 countries convened in Iran for the International Conference on Human Rights. With only 39 women among more than 350 delegates, the conference was a man’s world deciding on a crucial right for women’s lives. It considered “that couples have a basic human right to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children”. This recognition of “reproductive rights” in a meeting room in Tehran was as revolutionary as any demonstration that took place in the streets that year…”

ODI (Briefing) – GAGE on: adolescence and gender norms


While our understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities that adolescent girls face due to gender norms has grown exponentially over the last decade, our understanding of what works to transform discriminatory gender norms in specific contexts remains nascent. Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) mixed methods longitudinal research programming is following the lives of 18,000 adolescent girls and boys in six focal countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East throughout adolescence (10–19 years) to explore what types of policies and programmes are most effective in shifting harmful gender norms and why – not just in the short term but more sustainably. This GAGE on briefing discusses change strategies to support gender norm change through: empowering girls; engaging with boys and men; supporting families; promoting community social norm change; strengthening school systems, and strengthening adolescent focused services and systems.”

See also (ODI) – Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence overview.

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