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Donors neglect reproductive health in conflict-affected countries

2010 Reproductive health needs are particularly acute in countries affected by armed conflict, yet the findings of a new study published in PLoS Medicine show the inequitable distribution of aid for reproductive health activities in conflict-affected countries.

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The evolution and future of donor assistance for AIDS

2010 The past twelve years have witnessed a spectacular forty fold increase in the amount spent on HIV/AIDS efforts in low- and middle-income countries-from a mere $250 million in 1996 to $10 billion in 2007. The current economic crise reveal the vulnerabilities of programs reliant on a constant flow of external funding. The downturn also threatens to marginalize health and development agendas, as donor attention is focused on emergency schemes to prevent global financial catastrophe. There are a number of actions that the donor community and national governments can undertake now to secure sustained funding and transform emergency responses into sustainable engagements through the fiftieth anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in 2031 and beyond.

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Contraceptive Projections and the Donor Gap

2010 The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition has updated its research on the state of resource moblisation and financing for reproductive health supplies. The report 'Contraceptive Projections and the Donor Gap: Meeting the Challenge (2009)' is available form the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition website. The following is an edited summary from the RH Supplies Coalition website.

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Advancing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights of People Living with HIV

2010 11 August 2009 People living with HIV joined advocates to launch a ground-breaking guidance package, Advancing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights of People Living with HIV. Now, policy makers, programme managers, health professionals, donors and advocates have an important tool to better support the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living with HIV.

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World Bank: Evaluation of Health, Nutrition and Population program

2010 The Independent Evaluation Group released an assessment of World Bank Group support for health, nutrition and population on 30 April 2009. To download the full report, visit the World Bank website.

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AusAID: Urgent need to invest in childhood and maternal health

2010 The following is a media release from Bob McMullan MP, Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, released 3 May 2009The global economic crisis is putting the health of women and children in the Asia-Pacific region at greater risk, Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, said today.

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The Basics: Linking HIV and sexual and reproductive health

2010 Practical linkages are the best way to optimise limited resources and work towards universal access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. The overwhelming majority of HIV infections are sexually transmitted or associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

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ADB report: Intersections - Gender, HIV and infrastructure operations

2010 This publication, from the Asian Development Bank, assesses the nexus between gender inequalities, HIV and infrastructure development. The report is based on a desk review and comparative analysis of existing infrastructure sector policies, legal and regulatory frameworks related to HIV prevention in Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, India, Papua New Guinea and Tajikistan.

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Time for a Global Fund for health

2010 The following is an article, originally published in The Lancet in May, written by Giorgio Cometto, Gorik Ooms, Ann Starrs and Paul Zeitz . To view the full article, with footnotes and author bios, visit The Lancet website.

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AIDS Data Hub

2010 An initiative of the Asian Development Bank, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the WHO – this site provides user-friendly data related to HIV and most-at-risk population groups, women, children, and young people, disaggregated by

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AusAID HIV Strategy

2010 The Australian government aid agency, AusAID, released a new HIV Strategy, 'Intensifying the response: Halting the spread of HIV' on World Health Day in April 2009.

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China: Preventing HIV among sex workers

2010 CNN.comBy Emily Chang BEIJING, China -- A 19-year-old sex worker working in an apartment that doubles as a brothel said she has up to eight clients a day.

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EuroMapping 2008

2010 The EuroMapping project gathers information on Official Development Assistance funding levels related to the Programme of Action resulting from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 1994 in Cairo.

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India as an Emerging Donor

2010 India has been the largest recipient of foreign aid since the end of World War II. In 1992, total aid received was estimated at USD 55 billion since 1951.

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UNAIDS: 50 million women in Asia at risk of HIV from their intimate partners

2010 An estimated 50 million women in Asia are at risk of becoming infected with HIV from their intimate partners. Evidence from many Asian countries indicates that these women are either married or in long-term relationships with men who engage in high-risk sexual behaviours.

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AusAID HIV Strategy

2010 The Australian Government aid agency, AusAID released a new HIV strategy, 'Intensifying the response: Halting the spread of HIV' on World Health Day in April 2009.

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HIV/AIDS

Integration tool: Share-Net

2010 Netherlands-based NGO, Share-Net, has produced a tool for policy makers, health system managers, managers of civil society organisations, and managers of HIV and SRH programmes and service providers to identify opportunities and barriers when integrating SRH and HIV into health systems.

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HIV/AIDS

Rapid Assessment Tool for SRH and HIV Links

2010 The objective of this tool is to assess HIV and SRH links at the policy, systems and service-delivery levels. It is intended also to identify gaps, and ultimately contribute to the development of country-specific action plans to forge and strengthen these linkages. The results of the needs assessment tool are particularly relevant to policy-makers, programme managers, service providers, clients, donors and other partners in health.

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How Do Recent Population Trends Matter to Climate Change?

2010 Population growth is one of the driving forces behind the growth of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, along with economic growth and technological change. Rapid population growth also hinders socioeconomic development and increases human vulnerability to the devastating impacts of climate change. Population Action International's working paper "How Do Recent Population Trends Matter to Climate Change?" is the first in a three-part series that will deepen understanding of the relationships between population and climate change.

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Report Expert Group Meeting Fifth Asian Pacific and Population Conference

2010 Posted 25 February 2009The Expert Group Meeting was held at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand, from 3 to 5 February 2009. The Social Policy and Population Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP, organized the meeting in collaboration with UNFPA-Asia and Pacific Regional Office.

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