Reproductive Health : Features

There are 35 documents in this section.

  • SUCCESS STORY: China's quiet revolution in reproductive health

    7 January 2004

    With a population of 1.3 billion, much of it crowded into the eastern third of the country, China's rulers remain convinced of the importance of slowing the growth in numbers. However, almost unnoticed, China is adopting a new 'people-centred' approach to reproductive health, which has already spread to 880 counties. Contributing Editor Don Hinrichsen traveled through China to research this exclusive report.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Lucknow: where girls are educated 'too much'

    15 April 2003

    For centuries, the North Indian city of Lucknow has had a conservative, mixed Hindu-Muslim population, whose traditional views disapprove of girls being too highly educated or taking employment. But as Meenakshi Shedde reports, the Family Planning Association of India is succeeding in changing community attitudes for the better.

  • The most neglected tragedy

    13 February 2003

    For a decade the figure of 500,000 maternal deaths a year was part of the statistical liturgy. Then, in 1996, new estimates showed that the number of women dying each year in pregnancy and childbirth was probably closer to 600,000 - a figure that is little changed today

  • HIV hits women hardest

    28 November 2002

    For the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, more women than men have been infected with HIV, according to the AIDS Epidemic Update 2002, produced by UNAIDS. Globally, women now account for just over 50 per cent of those infected with HIV.

  • Sterilization is world's most popular contraceptive method

    28 October 2002

    Female sterilization is the world's most popular method of birth prevention. A global survey of reproductive health among married couples by the United Nations found that one fifth rely on female sterilization (tubal ligation) to control their fertility. In Brazil, India, and China, a third or more of all married women have been sterilized. Janet Larsen reports.

  • Girl power in the desert

    18 October 2002

    Dusty, drought-ridden western Rajasthan is the most unlikely of places to encounter girl power. Yet, in the Rajasthan village of Rambagh, a group of five 17-year-old girls are courageously introducing women to contraception, preventing child marriages, educating adolescents about reproductive health and even encouraging parents to educate their daughters. Pamela Bhagat reports.

  • What's in a South African man?

    10 October 2002

    Despite 20 years of devastating HIV/AIDS in South Africa, many young men have never heard of the disease - and many feel a macho sense of gender superiority in relation to the opposite sex. Now, one man with a mission is trying to change that.

  • Kenya's long battle against female cicumcision

    31 October 2000

    Female circumcision, also known as Female Genetial Mutilation (FGM), is on the increase in Kenya, threatening the health of thousands of young girls. Here Isabel Mbugua explains why.

  • Building on the Cairo Consensus

    28 September 2000

    Fred Sai was Chairman of the Main Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 and until recently, Chairman of Ghana's National Population Council. He considers here how far his hopes for ICPD have been realised, and looks especially at its implications for Africa.

  • Speeding the reproductive revolution

    18 September 2000

    For a very small price the reproductive revolution, allowing all children today born by choice not chance, with good health care, can be achieved in the first 15 years of the new century. But if that price is not paid, everyone will count the cost. Bryant Robey and Ushma Upadhyay report.