Policy and Enabling Environment

Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Bill passed

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Bill, 2075 BS Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav had presented a proposal seeking passage of the bill in the meeting of the lower house of the Federal Parliament Friday.

Prior to this, Minister Yadav had presented a proposal seeking deliberations on Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Bill 2075 BS along with the report of the Education and Health Committee of the parliament.

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Global Commitments, Local Actions: Postpartum Family Planning Champions Deliver

In a global health conference first, I attended a pageant at the International Conference on Family Planning this week in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. Replete with sashes and flags, representatives from 16 countries paraded onstage to the Olympics theme song. Although there were no fire breathers or piano players in the show, the delegates’ performances remained impressive: to provide updates made in accelerating access to postpartum family planning (PPFP) in their respective countries.

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WHO Recommendations on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This document provides an overview of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues that may be important for the human rights, health and well-being of adolescents (aged 10–19 years) and the relevant World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on how to address them in an easily accessible, user-friendly format. The document serves as a gateway to the rich body of WHO guidelines, and as a handy resource to inform advocacy, policy and programme/project design and research.

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COP24 Special Report: Health and Climate Change

This report is a contribution from the public health community to support the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was written at the request of the President of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP23), Prime Minister Bainimarama of Fiji, to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prepare a report on health and climate change, to be delivered at COP24. The three aims of this report are to provide:

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Getting to Equal: Engaging Men and Boys in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender Equality

Unmet sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs are a critical threat to the health of individuals worldwide, and gender inequalities remain a significant barrier to addressing such health issues. Harmful gender norms and attitudes influence men’s and women’s health and well-being, shaping men’s behaviors in ways that have a direct impact on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of their partners, their families, and themselves. At the same time, SRH and family planning issues are often treated as women’s responsibility.

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