Allowing Men to Care. Fatherhood and Child Security Project: A Program to Engage Men on HIV, Violence, and Caregiving in South Africa.

To improve men’s family relationships, the Sonke Gender Justice Network’s Fatherhood project addresses norms that condone gender-based violence which exacerbate the spread of HIV and leave the needs of Orphans and Vulnerable Children unmet. In particular, it works with men and communities to change traditional roles for men to include caring for the ill, parenting… Read more

Effect of breast-feeding patterns on human birth intervals

An adequate inter-birth interval is of great importance because it enables a mother to recover her physical and emotional strength between pregnancies and confers upon the child advantages of better health and development (Morley, 1977). Breast feeding is the naturally evolved method of ensuring an adequate inter-birth interval but the contraceptive effect of breast feeding… Read more

Family Planning

This document presents a summary of family planning. It reviews existing literature, examining carefully what the current knowledge is, where the important issues or problems lie and “what works”. It is divided into ten sections. This guide was produced as a result of a reading week held for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) advisers in mid-2012. The topics and readings were chosen by experts in the field but are not a comprehensive review of all family planning literature. The main audience for this guide is policymakers, advisers, managers and practitioners.

Effects of condom social marketing on condom use in developing countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis, 1990–2010

OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between condom social marketing programmes and condom use. METHODS: Standard systematic review and meta-analysis methods were followed. The review included studies of interventions in which condoms were sold, in which a local brand name(s) was developed for condoms, and in which condoms were marketed through a promotional campaign to increase… Read more

World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision, Highlights and Advance Tables

In this revision of the World Population Prospects, the latest global demographic estimates and projections are presented. The data was prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. With this revision, the Poulation Division issues the twenty third round of global population estimates and projections since… Read more

Population Growth, Factor Accumulation, and Productivity

This paper was produced by the Poverty and Human Resources Division of the World Bank’s Policy Research Department. It examines the relationship between population growth, factor accumulation, and productivity. It attempts to close the gap in empirical literature, which has mostly focused on the relationship between population growth and output per person. The author uses… Read more

Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Gender and sexual and reproductive health are inherently connected and must be examined together to bring about better health outcomes and more gender equitable societies. This course seeks to provide learners with an introduction to the links between gender and sexual and reproductive health and introduce the basics of gender integration in sexual and reproductive health programs…. Read more

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

The practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) harms the physical, psychological, and reproductive and sexual health of women and is a violation of women’s fundamental human rights. About 100 to 140 million girls and young women have experienced FGM/C, and an additional three million are at risk each year. This course will provide learners with… Read more

Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

This course has two main goals. The first is to provide an introduction to key sexual and reproductive health issues of youth, including the relationship between gender norms and health. The second is to present an overview of the best programmatic approaches for improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health. By the end of this… Read more

Is ‘sanitised’ sex education good for countries with a high prevalence of HIV?

I’m asking myself this question in relation to the sex education that is offered to adolescents in Malawi as part of their education.  It is ‘sanitised’ because they are only taught about abstinence (while the other preventative methods of ‘being faithful to one’s partner’ and ‘condomising’ are completely ignored). According to the UNAIDS AIDS Pandemic… Read more

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