Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Family planning allows women and couples to determine whether and when to have children. The ability to make these choices is fundamental to healthy families and communities worldwide. Improvement methods can help solve the many operational challenges to delivering family planning and reproductive health services in different settings, including integrating family planning with other health services, assuring the availability of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive methods, and increasing the effectiveness of family planning counseling to increase uptake of modern contraceptive methods at both the facility and community levels.

The Involvement of Routine Dental Care in Prenatal Care as a Tool for Quality Counseling in the context of Zika in El Salvador

Dr. Lorena Arevalo, dentist UCSFI San Isidro, Cabanas sharing Zika prevention methods with patients during dental treatments UCSFI San Isidro is one of the Health Centers in the north of El Salvador that USAID's Project Applying Science to...

Adolescentes embarazadas y las barreras que enfrentan para prevenir el zika

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

Por: Elga Salvador

El Hospital Universitario Maternidad Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (HUMNSA) fue escenario del primer nacimiento del 2019 en la República Dominicana; el mismo día el mismo hospital cuenta con otros récords: registra el primer niño a nacer en el año por el sexto año consecutivo y cuenta la tercera adolescente como madre del primer bebé a nacer [1,2]. Esto tal vez ya no cause asombro en un país donde desde el 1996 nunca se ha registrado un porcentaje de embarazo en la adolescencia inferior al 20% [3].

Adolescent Pregnancy and Barriers to Zika Prevention

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

By: Elga Salvador

The maternity hospital, Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, holds the record of the first birth of 2019 in the Dominican Republic for the sixth consecutive year. On the same day, the same hospital also holds another record: this is the third year in which the first baby was born to an adolescent mother [1,2]. This is no longer a surprise in a country where the percentage of pregnancy in adolescents has never been lower than 20% in the last 23 years [3].

Ecuador y el machismo como barrera para prevenir el Zika. Combatirlo es una ganancia para todos, no solo para las mujeres

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

Por: Elga Salvador

Por el machismo’ ha sido el leitmotiv que ha emergido de todas las consultas y entrevistas realizadas por WI-HER en los diferentes países de América Latina y el Caribe dirigidas a identificar obstáculos a la prevención de la transmisión sexual del Zika [1,2],  en el marco del Proyecto de USAID, Aplicando la Ciencia para Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud (ASSIST).

Machismo as a barrier to prevent Zika in Ecuador: Fighting it is a win for all, not only for women

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

By: Elga Salvador

Por el machismo” (because of machismo) has been a constant theme in the focus groups, interviews, and training conducted by WI-HER throughout Latin America and the Caribbean aimed at identifying obstacles to the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika [1,2], under USAID’s Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Health Systems (ASSIST) Project.

Zika, negociación de condones y violencia de género en América Latina

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

Tisa Barrios Wilson

WI-HER/Gender Specialist

“Dicen ‘Entiendo’, se lo llevan, pero nunca se los proponen por miedo a como va a reaccionar. Prefieren callar. El esposo ni siquiera se entera … y hay el riesgo que se golpeen las mujeres embarazadas.”  (Proveedor de salud, Zacapa, Guatemala)

Co-responsibility: Male Involvement in Antenatal Care in Zika Prevention

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

Tisa Barrios Wilson

WI-HER/Gender Specialist

In many low and middle-income countries (LMICs), men are the primary providers and key decision-makers in the family, often determining women's access to economic resources and restricting women’s ability to make choices about their health and children’s health.1 Since many health systems require out-of-pocket payments, this practice can limit women's access to maternal health services and obstetric care, which are essential to Zika prevention and overall maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) (1).

Corresponsabilidad: participación masculina en la atención prenatal para la prevención del Zika

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

Tisa Barrios Wilson

WI-HER/Gender Specialist

En muchos países de ingresos bajos y medios, los hombres son los principales proveedores y los principales responsables de la toma de decisiones en la familia, determinando el acceso de las mujeres a los recursos económicos y restringiendo la capacidad de las mujeres de tomar decisiones sobre su salud y la salud de los niños (1) Muchos sistemas de salud requieren pagos de bolsillo, esta práctica puede limitar el acceso de las mujeres a los servicios de salud materna y obstétrica, que son esenciales para la prevención del Zika y la salud general de la madre, el recién nacido y el niño (1).

Active search of reproductive health clients to provide Zika counseling in Honduras

The case study describes the use of a screening tool for active search of women and men of reproductive age and their partners attending specialized external consultations and other services at Gabriela Alvarado General Hospital in the...

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