RELAY: Communicating Research. Good choice: the right to reproductive and sexual health.

Abstract

Access to sexual and reproductive health services is vital in preventing unnecessary deaths of both men and women. Yet governments and health organisations are still failing to prioritise spending on these services. This package of media resources explores the right to health and access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Panos has commissioned local reporters in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and Zambia to talk to people about sexual and reproductive health. The package consists of three articles:

Uganda: I waited for my death.
Every year hundreds of thousands of women worldwide die as a result of childbirth. Researchers believe maternal deaths could be cut by learning from the experiences of those who live to tell the tale.

India: A tale of two births
Giving birth with the help of a skilled attendant is seen by researchers and health policy makers as the ideal. But it is far from the reality for millions of women.

Bangladesh: Men welcome
A successful drive to cut the birth rate was achieved in Bangladesh by an almost exclusive focus on women. But is it time for men to take a more active role?

and three radio programmes:

Kenya: Desperate measures
Even in countries in which abortion is illegal, women continue to seek it out, pay for it, or even carry it out themselves. The consequences can be devastating.

Zambia: Being a man in risky times
Getting men involved in sexual health is seen as the key to success for both men and women. So what is stopping men from using health services?

Uganda: Love is not evil
In Uganda opinion is divided on whether the best message is to recommend young people abstain from sex or to give them contraceptive advice

and a media briefing: Panos Media Toolkit on Communicating Research - No.4. Good choice: the right to sexual and reproductive health

Citation

RELAY: Communicating Research. Good choice: the right to reproductive and sexual health, Panos London.

RELAY: Communicating Research. Good choice: the right to reproductive and sexual health.

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