Strategic assessment of reproductive health in the Dominican Republic

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This report documents the findings of a strategic assessment of reproductive health in the Dominican Republic (DR), carried out by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (SESPAS) and the Dominican Social Security Institute (IDSS) with technical and financial support from the Population Council’s Expanding Contraceptive Choice program and its Latin American and Caribbean regional offices, and the United States Agency for International Development. The USAID/DR has been working closely with SESPAS to understand the major reproductive health problems in the DR. In order to better assist SESPAS and to plan the country’s Reproductive Health Strategy for 2002–2007, USAID asked the Population Council’s ECC program to conduct a strategic assessment of reproductive health in the Dominican Republic. This participatory study was designed to identify strengths, prioritize problems, and work with community, governmental, and nongovernmental stakeholders in order to develop recommendations for strategic interventions to improve reproductive health in the DR.

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