Accelerating Progress towards Universal Health Coverage for Women and Children in Asia and the Pacific. Beattie A, Yates R and Noble D. (2016)


In pursuing Universal Health Coverage (UHC), countries aim to extend coverage of quality health services to all people and to protect them from the risk of financial hardship when paying for them. Achieving a UHC system is as much a political process as a technical one. More and more countries are moving towards publicly financed health care systems that cover the whole population for essential health services, enabling them to reduce preventable illness and death, particularly in women and children.


Keywords: HIV, women, children, health care, financing 


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MOPAN 2015-16 Assessments UNAIDS Institutional Assessment Report. Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN). (2017)


The report presents a comprehensive, robust, evidence-informed review of UNAIDS’ work in countries and UNAIDS encourages donors to continue to use the tool to assess UNAIDS’ work in the future. The positive assessment will help UNAIDS to continue to improve and build on its unique strengths to provide the most effective support to partners in our joint efforts to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.


MOPAN members are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America, which represent 94% of UNAIDS’ core funding.


Keywords: HIV/AIDS, strategy, management, effectiveness, impact


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Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living with HIV - Executive Summary. WHO. (2017)


This guideline responds to requests from organizations, institutions and individuals for guidance which consolidates existing recommendations specific to women living with HIV along with new recommendations and good practice statements. It is expected to support front-line health-care providers, programme managers and public health policy-makers around the world to better address the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women living with HIV.

Keywords: HIV, gender, human rights, health care, good practice


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Quality of Care in Contraceptive Information and Services, Based on Human Rights Standards: A Checklist for Health Care Providers. WHO. (2017)


This document presents a user friendly checklist specifically addressed to health care providers, at the primary health care level, who are involved in the direct provision of contraceptive information and services. It is complimentary to WHO guidelines on Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services: Guidance and recommendations, and the Implementation Guide published jointly with UNFPA in 2015. This checklist also builds on WHO vision document on Standards for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Care and its ongoing work under the Quality, Equity and Dignity initiative. The checklist should be read along with other guidance from WHO and also from partners.


Keywords: HIV/STI services, human rights, health care


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Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus: Interim Guidance. WHO. (2016)


The primary transmission route of Zika virus is via the Aedes mosquito. However, mounting evidence has shown that sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible and more common than previously assumed. This is of concern due to an association between Zika virus infection and adverse pregnancy and fetal outcomes, including microcephaly, neurological complications and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

The current evidence base on Zika virus remains limited. This guidance will be reviewed and the recommendations updated as new evidence emerges.


Keywords: HIV, Zika, sexual transmission, pregnant women


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Global Plan of Action: Health Systems Address Violence against Women and Girls. WHO. (2016)


This booklet includes a popular version of the violence against women and girls section of The global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children.

Keywords: women, girls, health systems, intimate partner, gender inequality


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WHO Guidelines for the Treatment of Genital Herpes Simplex Virus. WHO. (2016)


Since the publication of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for the management of sexually transmitted infections in 2003, changes in the epidemiology of STIs and advancements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment necessitate changes in STI management. These guidelines provide updated treatment recommendations for genital HSV infection based on the most recent evidence; they form one of several modules of guidelines for specific STIs. Other modules will focus on treatments for Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhoea), C. trachomatis (chlamydial infection) and Treponema pallidum (syphilis). In addition, future work will provide guidance for syphilis screening and treatment of pregnant women, STI syndromic approach, clinical management, STI prevention, and treatments of other STIs. It is strongly recommended that countries take updated global guidance into account as they establish standardized national protocols, adapting this guidance to the local epidemiological situation and antimicrobial susceptibility data.


Keywords: STI, treatment, HSV, infection, prevention


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Country Engagement Guidance. End Violence Against Children. (2016)


This guidance note explains how governments can engage with End Violence as a ‘Partner’ or a ‘Member’. It sets out the steps required for governments who choose to become Partners through pathfinding and what is expected of them. It also explains the role of the Secretariat in country engagement. The guidance note builds on earlier drafts of Guidance for Pathfinder Countries (November 2015) and the End Violence Strategy (July 2016). It is informed by experiences in countries over the past several months and was developed in consultation with, and approved by, the End Violence Executive Committee. It will be updated periodically based on experience and new evidence.

Keywords: violence, government, planning, civil society 


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End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership Strategy 2016-2020. End Violence Against Children. (2017)


The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was formed by countries, civil society, the United Nations, the academic community and the private sector to transform these shared responsibilities into concrete action.
As this strategy makes clear, the Partnership provides a global platform for countries – and all those working toward the goal of ending violence against children – to share lessons learned and best practices, and to facilitate greater cooperation and coordination of our common efforts.

At the national level, and working through its members, the Global Partnership will support national action to make ending violence against children a policy and programme priority – by strengthening laws to prevent and punish violence against children... improving the way we respond to violence against children and reduce its impact... targeting those most vulnerable to violence with access to information and support... and above all, changing the mindset that violence is permissible in our institutions, our communities or our homes.

Keywords: SDGs, children, violence, gender, rights

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The Philippines as a Pathfinder to End Violence against Children - Discussion Paper. End Violence against Children. (2016)


In line with Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international human rights standards, the Government of the Philippines is committed to ending all forms of violence against children.
The government is also committed to delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes ambitious targets for ending violence, as part of a broader vision of “a world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation.

Keywords: SDG, children, boys, girls, education


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