Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

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  • June 10, 2010

    Jakarta Globe: The huge stimage surrounding teen pregnancies in Indonesia make it difficult for adolescents to access limited health services. Abortions among teens is very high, with illegal and unsafe abortions accounting for a high maternal...


  • June 9, 2010

    Reuters: This week, the The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion for broad, comprehensive programs to improve the health of women and chidren worldwide. The Gates program is part of a joint effort with the United Nations to push for...


  • June 9, 2010

    Ms. Magazine: "The rate of maternal deaths and illnesses is shockingly high.  To lower maternal mortality in developing countries, contraception and abortion must be made legal, accessible and affordable."


  • June 4, 2010

    BBC: Three women in Namibia were sterilised without their informed consent after being diagnosed as HIV positive. The women, who are suing the state, were not given information about possible complications or dangers and were unaware of what the...


  • June 4, 2010

    Time: Although abortion is illegal in Catholic dominated Brazil, a recent study has shown that 20% of child-bearing women has terminated a pregnancy.Complications from illegal and unsafe abortions accounts for over 200,000 hospitalizations of women...