What's New in STEP UP
Upcoming Event: On April 11–13, 2016, STEP UP will co-host the Workshop on harmonizing national abortion and pregnancy prevention laws & policies for survivors of SGBV in Lusaka, Zambia. This workshop will tackle policy gaps and inconsistencies that hinder the access of sexual violence survivors to pregnancy prevention and management services. The meeting builds on a 16-country review by the Population Council which called for regional workshops to be convened to promote and support the updating and consolidation of national guidance by countries (including the medical sector, the judiciary, and civil society) to enhance the alignment of health system policies with national laws and rights commitments.
New Case Study: STEP UP is launching a new Research Uptake Case Study series. Case Studies will highlight impact on policies and programmes and offer insights into both successful strategies and lessons learned. We are pleased to share our first Case Study: “SENEGAL: The impact of a study on misoprostol use and knowledge among pharmacists." The Case Study is linked to the original research report and evidence brief from this activity.
Dissemination Event: on January 20, 2016 STEP UP hosted a dissemination event in Dakar, Senegal to share findings from a study which explored women’s experiences of unwanted pregnancies as a result of rape or incest. More than 40 participants attended, including parliamentarians, the advocacy committee for access to safe abortion in Senegal, members of the Ministries of Health and Education, WHO, various CSOs, and media agencies. The meeting report is in French with an English executive summary. Presentation slides have also been published which highlight key contributions, recommendations, and next steps.
New Research Report: "Expanding access to secondary school education for teenage mothers in Kenya." The findings of this baseline report will be used to inform the development of interventions to promote school re-entry among out-of-school teenage mothers in Homa Bay County, Kenya, with a focus on media campaigns centered on radio programming, work structure-based outreach to school principals, and financing for school expenses and childcare services.
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.
What's New in Unintended Pregnancy
New Resource: PATH has developed a Total Marketing Approach (TMA) planning guide to increase access to family planning. The guide and toolkit, produced by The Evidence Project, contain practical information and specific tools to help organizations and other planners conduct a landscape assessment, the first phase in developing a TMA. The guide itself is specifically designed to be used by anyone working with any type of RH commodity.
News in U.S. Unintended Pregnancy: According to a new Guttmacher study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the U.S. unintended pregnancy rate declined by 18% between 2008 and 2011. Improved contraceptive use—and, in particular, a shift to highly effective contraceptive methods—is the likely driver of this decline, which occurred among virtually all demographic groups. Yet disparities remain, particularly for poorer women and women of color.
Funding Opportunity: The Gates Foundation is seeking research applications for Grand Challenge Exploration Round 17: "Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors to Inform Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies and Services" which seeks to explore reasons why current contraceptive use is low in some populations. Proposals can be submitted up until the deadline of Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 11:30 am US Pacific Time.
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.
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