What's New in STEP UP
Recent Event: "Expert Working Group on School Health Programming," On November 24–25, STEP UP convened a group of experts to review evidence on early and unintended pregnancy (EUP) among adolescents in Nairobi, to explore promising policy and linkages to health services, and to explore channels for improving county response to EUP among adolescents. (Meeting agenda)
New Publication: STEP UP recently published a research report linking gender-based violence to the importance of access to emergency contraception and safe abortion services, "Access to emergency contraception and safe abortion services for survivors of rape: A review of policies, programmes and country experiences in sub-Saharan Africa.”
New Publication: A new policy brief has been released that highlights STEP UP’s key recommendations on reducing unsafe abortion through increasing access to menstrual regulation with medication (MRM) in Bangladesh. The brief makes recommendations at both the health facility and policymaking levels.
What's New in Unintended Pregnancy
Call for proposals: The Inroads Partnership Fund has released a request for proposals: Supporting Strategies to Understand and Reduce Abortion Stigma. Inroads seeks to offer small grants to support customized capacity strengthening of local organizations to enable the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies to understand and shift how abortion stigma affects women socially, physically, and emotionally. The submission deadline is December 3, 2014.
New price agreement: Pfizer has made the exciting announcement that they will be reducing the price of the long-acting contraceptive Sayana® Press to $1 per dose to qualified purchasers. This step will expand women’s access to Sayana® Press in 69 of the world’s poorest countries, where the contraceptive will be made available at reduced or no cost. The price reduction was made possible through Pfizer’s collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.
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