Family Planning and Reproductive HealthMarch 18, 2010 By Dan AsinAdding it Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health, a report by the Guttmacher Institute, asserts that “sustained and increased investment in sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries” would “contribute to economic growth, societal and gender equity, and democratic governance.” The report presents cost-benefit analyses of family planning and maternal and newborn health strategies in an effort to “guide decision makers, at the global, regional and country levels, in making investments that would reap the greatest returns for individuals and societies.”
The Interagency Gender Working Group recently released Gender Perspectives Improve Reproductive Health Outcomes: New Evidence, argues for the importance of taking gender into consideration when developing interventions related to unintended pregnancies, maternal health, STIs, harmful practices (e.g. early marriage, genital cutting, and gender-based violence), and youth. The report, a follow-up to 2004′s The “So What?” Report: A Look at Whether Integrating a Gender Focus into Programs Makes a Difference to Outcomes, includes 40 specific examples of programs successfully integrating gender to improve reproductive health.
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