What's New in STEP UP
New Meeting Report: A new meeting report has been published on the Senegal Country Profile report dissemination meeting. Results were shared with members of the National Assembly and other key local stakeholders; 90 participants attended, 57 of whom were women, and 21 of whom were parliamentarians. A key outcome is that attendees collaborated with the project team to create recommendations for action based on the report’s findings.
New Research Report from Kenya: A STEP UP report on availability, use and quality of care for medical abortion services in private facilities in Kenya has been published. The findings from this study reveal perspectives of key informants, the state of abortion services in private pharmacies and clinics, and discusses important implications and necessary next steps.
New Evidence Brief from Senegal: MSI and Population Council recently published a new evidence brief based on the research report that explored knowledge and provision of misoprostol in pharmacies. The brief summarizes the project, key findings, and recommendations made for improving access to misoprostol in pharmacies.
Special Edition of Studies in Family Planning: a December special edition of Studies in Family Planning features papers originally presented at a STEP UP co-sponsored event, the IUSSP Seminar on Promoting Postpartum and Post-Abortion Family Planning held in Cochin, India.
New Meeting Report: STEP UP convened an expert meeting in Accra, Ghana on conceptualizing and measuring unintended pregnancy (UP). With the high priority placed by governments and donors on reducing UP, it is essential to have valid, reliable, and agreed-upon measures of UP for forecasting investment outcomes and evaluating impact. This meeting built upon on a previous STEP UP expert group and sought to further contribute to clarifying an agreed-upon definition of UP, review and draw on existing approaches, and identify challenges and opportunities for communicating evidence.
What's New in Unintended Pregnancy
New Reports on Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health: Two new reports have been released by Population Action International: The Road Ahead for Young People and Family Planning and The Road Ahead for Young People and Contraception in West Africa, which highlight how low-cost implementation plans can help address the SRH needs of youth.
WHO Prequalifies First API for Misoprostol: On December 17, 2015, WHO announced the first prequalified active pharmaceutical ingredient for Misoprostol. This significant step will facilitate the production of consistently high-quality Misoprostol for use in reproductive health, and will help improve international procurement and distribution. Read more about WHO prequalification here.
Implanon NXT Low-price Agreement Extended: Merck recently announced the extension of its access pricing for IMPLANON NXT® in the targeted poorest eligible countries (FP2020 countries) for an additional five years, expanding the program through 2023. The original agreement pledged to reduce the cost of Implanon by 50% for 6 years through 2018.
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.
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