Moving Forward: Priorities for Prevention in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

  • October 11, 2016

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest commitment ever made by any nation to an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease. The law authorizing these global HIV/AIDS programs first passed in 2003 with a five-year timeframe. The effort was reauthorized in 2008, and despite containing some improvements to the first phase of PEPFAR,…

Practical and Ethical Dilemmas in the Clinical Testing of Microbicides: A Report on a Symposium

  • October 6, 2016

By Lori L. Heise, C. Elizabeth McGrory, and Susan Y. Wood In 1997, the Population Council and Women’s Health Advocates on Microbicides (WHAM) convened an international symposium to examine practical and ethical dilemmas in the clinical testing of topical microbicides. The symposium occurred as three significant trends in the history of women’s sexual health and rights converged: donors’ and programs’…

Preventing Cervical Cancer – The HPV Vaccine

  • October 6, 2016

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The Culture of Silence: Reproductive Tract Infections Among Women in the Third World

  • October 6, 2016

Reproductive tract infections (RTIs) are common diseases with profound social and health consequences for Third World women, men and children. As one of the world’s most neglected health problems, RTIs are related in important ways to girls’ and women’s basic sexual and reproductive health and to the acceptability of family planning programs. Yet, in allocating scarce human and financial health care…

Challenging the Culture of Silence: Building Alliances to End Reproductive Tract Infections

  • October 6, 2016

By Peggy Antrobus, Adrienne Germain, and Sia Nowrojee In Bellagio, Italy, in 1991, the Rockefeller Foundation and IWHC co-sponsored a meeting of scientists, donors, and women’s health advocates to review the relevance of reproductive tract infections (RTIs) to international health goals, including family planning, child survival, maternal health, the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases and human immunodeficiency virus;…

The Impact of HIV and AIDS on Girls and Young Women Globally

  • July 12, 2016

Despite the significant advances the world has made in reducing HIV, adolescent girls and young women, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, have been left behind. According to new data from UNAIDS, adolescent girls and young women account for one in five new infections globally. In some countries in southern and eastern Africa, HIV prevalence among girls…

Nothing About Us Without Us: Governments Must Engage Youth in HIV/AIDS Response

Governments must act immediately to halt the spread of HIV among its young populations, and young people themselves must be at the center of these efforts. But young people thus far have been noticeably absent from the decision-making process, and not for lack of trying.

Good Progress at the UN on Stopping AIDS, But Not Enough

The declaration makes bold new commitments to realize human rights, address the drivers of HIV among women and girls, and give young people the information and services they need to better protect themselves from HIV. But it fails to address discrimination against and criminalization of key populations affected by HIV.

IWHC Applauds New Global Strategy to Improve the Lives of Girls

  • March 15, 2016

Today the State Department released the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, the first of its kind to focus on girls worldwide and the myriad challenges they face.

What Do We Know about Gender and Power in Sexuality Education?

A discussion about what research on sexuality education tells us about the components of truly comprehensive and effective programs.