Date: 28 July 2016
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
Professor Diane Cooper
School of Public Health, University of Western Cape
From 1994, democratic South Africa introduced some of the most progressive gender related sexual and reproductive health (SRH) laws and policies in the world. This presentation, a sequel to a review conducted in2004, focuses on key SRH areas: contraception, abortion, maternal health, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, cervical cancer and gender-based violence.
Specific improvements in SRH include a decrease in unsafe abortion AIDS-related mortality and vertical HIV transmission and the Introduction of an HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. South Africa’s provision of the world’s largest HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme, provides a positive example for wider global SRH and women’s rights initiatives. However, implementation of SRH laws and policies are hampered by inadequacies in the public health system and in addressing the social determinants of health, particularly gender factors. Growing global socio-economic inequity over the past 30 years, has negatively impacted on SRH everywhere and persistent socio-economic and gender inequity in South Africa continues to profoundly affect women’s SRH. Some recommendations
for advancing women’s SRH over the next decade are made.
Particularly important are practical implementation and social efforts
to address gendered barriers to women’s sexual and reproductive
well-being, especially among young women.
HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.
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