In Brazil, our partner Reprolatina works to educate young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Reprolatina reaches youth directly in local communities and online through social media and its website, Living Adolescence, which receives an average of 2,000 visits every day and has been endorsed by Brazil’s Ministry of Health.
Reprolatina also collaborates with health centers and public schools in towns near mining sites throughout Brazil. In one such town, Barro Alto, the number of adolescent girls giving birth dropped from 40 percent to 10 percent.
IWHC collaborates with CommonHealth to ensure that women and children have access to quality health care across India. With our financial and technical support, CommonHealth mobilizes citizens and works with health care providers, researchers, and policymakers to improve maternal-neonatal health care.
Through its wide network of medical practitioners, CommonHealth pairs experienced professionals as informal mentors with up-and-coming leaders.
Founded in Lagos in 1989 and supported by IWHC since 1990, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in Nigeria. Over the last 24 years, AHI has advanced efforts within private and public sector programs to include comprehensive, gender-sensitive, life skills and rights-based approaches to sexuality education, and clinical services for young people.
The state of Tlaxcala recently passed an amendment expanding the exceptions in which abortion is permitted. This is good news, but only one step in Mexico’s journey to meeting women’s reproductive rights.
As part of the Advisory Committee of CLACAI, IWHC hopes to step up progress in the region on women’s sexual and reproductive rights.
Brazil recently approved legislation that imposes harsher penalties for harming or killing women, a crime referred to as “femicide.”
Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.