Reproductive Health : Features

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  • Family planning surge could make population difference

    30 March 2009

    Food, energy and water shortages will get worse in the near future, unless a major boost is given to family planning programmes and rich countries cut back on their energy and food consumption, delegates to a conference in London on 26 March were told.

  • Indian construction workers risk HIV

    3 December 2008

    The Asia AIDS Commission report released earlier this year says that the Asian epidemic will be driven by men who visit sex workers. According to the report, Asia has some 75 million men who visit sex workers. Fifty million women are married to such men and are at risk of getting infected through their husbands. It recommends Asian countries redefine their epidemic. Here, in a report marking World Aids Day, an Aids specialist suggests how strategies should change to meet these tragic realities.

  • Madagascar tackles its family planning crisis

    20 October 2008

    Faced with rapid growth of its population, severe pressures on the country's unique biodiversity, and poor reproductive health record, the Madagascar Government has made family planning one of the eight pillars of the Madagascar Action Plan (MAP), an ambitious economic and social development strategy recently launched by President Marc Ravalomanana. This report is from the UN sponsored IRIN news agency.

  • One-child policy brings mothers prosperity - and pain

    3 January 2007

    After 30 years of efforts, exponential population growth has been effectively controlled in China. The fertility rate is now 13 births per thousand people, the population growth rate 0.6 per cent ( But China's one-child policy has brought pain as well as prosperity to Chinese women, says Valerie Sartor in this exclusive despatch.

  • Afghanistan: Women Still in Terror

    21 April 2005

    Under the Taliban, Afghan women were beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and shot for teaching young girls to read and write or for showing a lock of hair. The world was silent. Those days are over now, but it seems their access to education, health and employment has hardly changed, as Stephanie Hiller reports.

  • Penny drops on HIV/AIDS prevention

    11 November 2004

    In the last 20 years, as the HIV/AIDS pandemic has spread around the world, there has been a reluctance to actively tackle the problem within basic reproductive health services. But now the penny has dropped, and a new analysis calls for a much more integrated approach to the problem.


    25 October 2004

    The 10th anniversary of the UN Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in October 1994, saw much agonising over its impact, and the chances of fulfilling its hard-won Plan of Action by 2015. Here, John Rowley, who edited the first population conference newspaper in Bucharest, in 1974, sums up their findings.

  • SPECIAL REPORT Breaking the silence on AIDS in Vietnam

    12 October 2004

    Like other countries in Asia, Vietnam is threatened with an AIDS epidemic. Already the disease is spreading from the cities into the countryside. And as elsewhere in the region women, the stewards of the rural environment, are most at risk. But young people are now joining a national campaign to spread the preventive message, as Don Hinrichsen reports.

  • No contraceptives - no choice

    7 September 2004

    A worldwide shortage of contraceptive supplies is setting back efforts to bring reproductive health to women in many developing countries - a crisis highlighted by the Countdown 2015 conference of non government agencies, held in London last week to review progress in meeting the population goals agreed by 179 nations in Cairo ten year ago. What this actually means to poor women in Africa is revealed in this report from Florence Machio, in Kenya.

  • Funding shortfall in the fight against AIDS

    28 January 2004

    Over two years ago, the G8 group of industrialised countries approved a Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since then the Fund has approved two rounds of proposals totalling US$1.5 billion in 85 countries. Unfortunately, little of the money needed to adequately tackle HIV/ Aids has been pledged. Anna Baxter reports.