Posted by: vblaser | 12/02/2009

The case for removing barriers to intregating HIV, family planning

Today in RH Reality Check – an online community and publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights – the Global Health Council’s President and CEO Dr. Jeffery L. Sturchio made a case for removing the barriers to full integration of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health services – key to making progress in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The post, titled “Bridging An Inexplicable Divide: Integrating Reproductive Health Services and the Global HIV/AIDS Response,” calls for:

  • The global community through the U.N. and other forums to clearly speak out against laws and policies that further stigma and violate rights of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS
  • Family planning and gender considerations to be integral aspects of the program guidance President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) managers send to and use in the field
  • The United States to fund robustly its Global Health Initiative with clear mandates on RH-HIV integration
  • Congress and the Obama administration to permanently put to rest the Anti-Prostitution pledge and Global Gag Rule
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