Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Baseline and Pathways for Transformative Change by 2030. Asian Development Bank and UN Women. (2018)


This publication provides the first Sustainable Development Goal assessment of the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific based on data from official sources. 


The report establishes a baseline for governments and policy makers to monitor and accelerate progress towards gender equality commitments in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). It identifies data gaps and underscores the necessity of heightened urgency to improve production and use of gender statistics for evidence-based SDG localization. It also provides valuable insight into key catalysts and policy recommendations to assist countries to achieve gender equality by 2030.


Keywords: SDGs, gender, gender equality, statistics, reproductive health



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Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2019. ESCAP. (2019)


This report analyses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) trends as well as data availability for monitoring progress in Asia and the Pacific and its five subregions. It assesses progress towards the SDGs and the gaps which must be closed for these to be achieved by 2030. This assessment is designed to ensure the region’s actions remain on target, shortcomings are addressed as they arise, and all interested parties remain engaged. It is an invaluable resource for all stakeholders involved in prioritisation, planning, implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.


Keywords: SDGs, data, health, education, gender equality


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WHO Guideline: Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening. WHO. (2019)


The key aim of this guideline is to present recommendations based on a critical evaluation of the evidence on emerging digital health interventions that are contributing to health system improvements, based on an assessment of the benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibility, resource use and equity considerations.


This guideline urges readers to recognize that digital health interventions are not a substitute for functioning health systems, and that there are significant limitations to what digital health is able to address.

Keywords: UHC, health system, digital, technology, interventions



- Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening


- Executive Summary


- Evidence and Recommendations


- Research Considerations


- Web Supplement 1: Evidence-to-decision Frameworks


- Web Supplement 2: Unpublished Systematic Reviews and GRADE Tables

Snapshots: HIV Epidemic in Asia and the Pacific. UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific and AIDS Data Hub. (2019)


UNAIDS Snapshots 2019: HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is an interactive report with colourful infographics and bite-size information on the HIV epidemic and response on key populations at higher risk of HIV in Asia and the Pacific.

Keywords: HIV, PMTCT, key populations, new infections, treatment, response, laws



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RESPECT: Preventing Violence against Women: A Framework for Policymakers. WHO. (2019)


Violence against women is a major public health problem rooted in gender inequality, and is a gross violation of women’s human rights affecting the lives and health of millions of women and girls. Aiming to end violence against women, a package/framework with infographics on prevention of violence against women - RESPECT – Preventing violence against women: A framework for policymakers, was developed, based on the UN framework for action to prevent violence against women from 2015 and updated new evidence.


Keywords: women, human rights, violence, gender


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WHO Preferred Product Characteristics for Herpes Simplex Virus Vaccines. WHO. (2019)


WHO preferred product characteristics (PPCs) provide strategic guidance as to WHO’s preferences for new vaccines in priority disease areas. PPCs are intended to encourage innovation and development of vaccines for use in settings most relevant to the global unmet public health need. Development of one or more herpes simplex virus (HSV) vaccines is an important objective for sexual and reproductive health worldwide. HSV vaccine PPCs describe global public health goals for HSV vaccines and preferred parameters pertaining to vaccine indications and target populations, safety and efficacy considerations, research and development, and immunization strategies.


Keywords: HIV, HSV, diagnosis, vaccine, public health


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Recommendations of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-based Violence. UNFPA. (2019)


This report presents an analysis of the recommendations made by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on the issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence. It also reviews the implementation of these recommendations by United Nations Member States. 

Keywords: migrants, women, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, gender



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READY to Care: Improving Health Services for Young People Living with HIV. Global Network of Young People Living with HIV. (2019)


This leaflet informs health providers about the do’s and don’ts in service provision to adolescents and young people living with HIV. The leaflet was developed by and with young people living with HIV. It includes experience illustration, a charter for health facilities that offer friendly services and a scorecard that can be used to assess the quality of services provided to adolescents and young people living with HIV.

Keywords: HIV, young people, adolescents, health services


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READY to Advocate: A Guide for Young People Living with HIV. Iorpenda K. (2019)


This booklet is for young people living with HIV who want to be involved in advocacy. The booklet asks some important questions about why you want to be an advocate, and the issues that you care about. It offers suggestions for ways to get involved, top tips for your work, as well as some words of inspiration from famous people.


Keywords: HIV, advocacy, young people, adolescents



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2017 Annual Report: A Partnership on the Move. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. (2018)


Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), developed by PMNCH partners in 2010, brings the voice of women, children and young people to centre stage in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. In 2015, the United Nations (UN) launched the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (Global Strategy), building on momentum under the EWEC movement’s first Global Strategy (2010– 2015) and aligning with SDGs.


Keywords: women, children, adolescents, sexual and reproductive health, human rights


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