APA UPDATE #01 JANUARY 2014


E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

FROM THE SECRETARIAT

APCRSHR7 is Coming!

APA’s Steering Committee will take the opportunity of 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR7) to meet on 21 January in Manila, the Philippines. APA is organizing 4 sessions with members at the conference, addressing CS Advocacy and FP2020, Linkages with HIV, SRHR in the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and a workshop on Proposal/grant Writing for Youth. Stay tuned! Next week a roadmap will be sent out containing APA and APA member’s sessions.

FROM THE MEMBERS

Raks Thai: RH Services for Migrant Workers in Thailand

Raks Thai Foundation held a one-day consultation on Reproductive Health Services for Migrant Workers under the Migrant Health Insurance to discuss the status of migrant reproductive health and rights vis-à-vis the health insurance and government policy. The consultation took place on 6 January in Bangkok, with approximately 40 persons from the government, NGOs, international organizations, the private sector and the migrant populations. The consultation is partly funded through the APA grant in Thailand.

Burnet: Understanding HIV in the Brain

An article by Burnet Institute explains that HIV, as well as infecting the blood, can invade the brain causing anything from a mild neurocognitive disorder to more severe HIV-associated dementia. Since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy, the incidence and severity of HIV-associated dementia and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) have reduced, but the prevalence has risen. Read more here.

FOCUS ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

China: Eases One-Child Policy

China's top legislature has formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed a resolution allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. Read more on the BBC here.

India: Teen Dies After Being Gang Rapes Twice and Set on Fire

After surviving two separate gang rapes on consecutive days in October, an Indian teenager died from being set on fire, sparking protests in the eastern city of Kolkata and the capital. Read more on Al Jazeera katy perry american idol pokies here.

GLOBAL NEWS, UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Deadline: AIDS 2014

There are several upcoming deadlines of note for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, being held on 20-25 July. The deadline for abstract submissions, as well as applications for Workshops and the Global Village and Youth Programme is 6 February. The deadline for  scholarship applications is 13 February. And the early bird registration deadline is 20 February. Read more here.

New Resource: How Universal Health Coverage Can Address SRHR?

A new article takes a look at UHC as a health, development and health care financing issue. The limitations of UHC from a human rights perspective are explored, and an attempt is made to locate it within current discussions about health in the post-2015 development framework, and the possible inclusion of UHC in any future health goal. Read more in RH Matters here.

New Resource: the Role of Emerging Economies in Global Development

A new article explores the views and positions of the so-called ‘emerging economies’ on their role and contribution to global development and the post-2015 agenda. It highlights the importance of standard-setting, monitoring, accountability and peer-review but it also explains the technical challenges and political tensions in bringing the ‘Southern providers’ into the regimes and systems led by the OECD-DAC and the current post-Busan Global Partnership. Read more here.

Is it a New Era for Intersex Rights?

A new article in the New Yorker explores the complexities of recent attempts to recognize the rights of intersex children. In early November, Germany became the first country in Europe to allow a third gender designation: X, for indeterminate or intersex. However some advocates feel that the law will do little to combat stigma, and may, in fact, inspire parents to push harder to avoid a formal intersex designation for their children. Read the article here.

Contraception Key to Reducing Child, Maternal Deaths

The advice to the United Nations is unambiguous: Don’t repeat the previous mistake of ignoring poor women’s access to contraception in setting goals to reduce maternal and child deaths. Read the article here.


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