Director’s Blog: May 2018

I’m excited to introduce a new monthly feature in which we reflect on current Center activities, upcoming events, and important reproductive health topics in the news. For my first blog, I want to reflect a little on why we wanted to create a Center for Global Reproductive Health at Duke, and what we are planning to do. We created this Center to help catalyze new relationships, research ideas and advocacy that will address the reproductive and sexual health disparities we see around the world. These stark disparities in health outcomes and human rights disproportionately impact women, and have remained present in the face of phenomenal expansions in technology, financing and health systems. They are driven by poverty, gender disparities, restrictive policies, and failure to recognize or implement effective, evidence-based solutions. We’ve all heard about the World Bank report that says more people have access to cell phones than toilets—well, certainly cell phone access is substantially greater than access to cervical cancer...
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Guttmacher-Lancer Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights releases report in special Lancet edition

Guttmacher-Lancer Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights releases report in special Lancet edition

Last week, the Lancet published a series of articles resulting from the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. This important commission highlighted the links between SRH and rights, and the crucial role that both play in sustainable development. The commission advocates for inclusion of SRH services into universal health coverage, as one step in making them accessible and affordable to all individuals, regardless of age, race, SES, sexual orientation or sexual identity. Finally, they extol countries to make crucial reforms to promote gender equality and give women greater control over their bodies.  This timely series of articles can be found at the Lancet website....
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