What's New in STEP UP
Upcoming Event: Call for Papers: STEP UP and the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Abortion Research are co-hosting an International Seminar on Medication Abortion: Availability and use, and impact on abortion safety and women’s health. It will be held in Dakar, Senegal, 12–14 July 2016. The objective of this seminar is to share results from new studies and new research approaches, in order to stimulate and advance research on use of medication abortion and its impact. We invite papers on availability, accessibility and use of medication abortion and its impact on abortion safety and women’s health and survival. Deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2015.
Research Uptake: STEP UP collaborated with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, UNFPA-Kenya and other task force members to develop the new Kenya Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy. This policy was also highlighted in a feature article in Kenya’s Daily Nation.
Impact on policymakers: The Southern African Development Committee (SADC) recently invited STEP UP to present before the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus on evidence gathered through our collaboration with UNESCO: "The Education Sector Response to Early & Unintended Pregnancy (EUP)." The meeting’s purpose was to review existing evidence on the issue and to highlight gaps which can be addressed through leadership of women (in collaboration with parliamentary committees) for immediate consideration by SADC governments. Recommendations of the meeting align with those proposed in the STEP UP report, and a report of the meeting will also be tabled at the 38th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
In the News: STEP UP partner APHRC is running a news piece that describes the importance of the STEP UP school health programming work in Nairobi, highlighting the collaboration between STEP UP and Nairobi City Council to work with primary school teachers and draft an action plan.
Recent event: The recent webinar, Standards for Identifying Evidence-based Practices in Reproductive Health (co-organized by STEP UP, the Evidence Project, and the HIP Initiative), explored debates and issues around standards of evidence for reproductive health decisionmaking.
What's New in Unintended Pregnancy
New WHO Guidelines: WHO has just released its guidelines on task-sharing for safe abortion and post-abortion care. These guidelines are central to work on improving access to safe abortion and PAC services.
New Report: A new report has been released by RHTP: "Two Sides of the Same Coin: Integrating Economic and Reproductive Justice" which explores the interplay between women’s access to reproductive health care—including abortion care—and their economic security. The report draws on data released by the UC San Francisco Turnaway Study.
New Article: An article has been published, "Quality of Care and Contraceptive Use in Urban Kenya," on a project which tested the hypothesis that the poor quality of family planning service provision in many low-income settings is a barrier to contraceptive use. It concluded that efforts to assist with method selection and to improve the content of contraceptive counseling and treatment of clients by providers do have the potential to increase contraceptive use in urban Kenya.
New Article: An article has been published, "What Does Not Work in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Evidence on Interventions Commonly Accepted as Best Practices." The article concludes that youth centers, peer education, and one-off public meetings have generally been ineffective, while comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services can be effective when implemented well but have tended to flounder as they have very substantial implementation requirements that are seldom met.
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