So, she asked the doctor if she could terminate the pregnancy. No, came the reply. Abortions were prohibited under Malawian law.
David Imbago Jácome In medicine, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is usually taught through the perspective of gynaecology, urology, and disease. This makes the intersection of SRH with other medicine-relevant issues harder to find, including, for example, mental health, adolescents’ health, community health, and so on. Access to comprehensive SRH learning is still very limited. […]
The PACT & UPR: The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a one-of-a-kind process that involves a review of all UN Member States’ human rights records. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a state-driven process under the auspices of the Human Rights Council that allows each state to declare what actions they have taken to improve […]
By Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu The first time Talatuwa* became fully aware of how unusual and alarming her menstrual periods are, she was sitting on the toilet seat in her self-contained apartment in Kaduna, Northwestern Nigeria, where she was pursuing a degree at the Ahmadu Bello University. Her roommate at the time had called out her […]
How is the HIV Response Targeting Young People Living with or Affected by HIV to Ensure an End to AIDS and Inequalities?
During this process, we asked five young HIV response leaders about the situation in their region. They exchanged vital information and key messages that they wished to convey to the rest of the world. It is important to note that, according to the UN, young people will account for 33% of the world’s population in […]
Patricia Mashiri for The PACT It’s around 7.00 pm and life in the Central Business District (CBD) in Harare, Zimbabwe, seems to be gradually fading out as vendors prepare to call it a day. At the same time, life in the high-density suburb of Hopley, south of the CBD, has just begun as young girls […]
Young people living with HIV in West and Central Africa say they still face abuse, discrimination, and disappointing healthcare services. This reality, in turn, makes ending the epidemic as a public health threat in the next decade a lot more difficult.
This exercise was a 3-day virtual activity that was carried out via the Zoom meeting platform and had over 25 participants from across the region. Participants were drawn from member organizations of The PACT, and youth-led and youth-serving organizations working around issues such as HIV/AIDS, youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), drug policies, sex workers, human rights, and LGBTQI persons.
Participants were invited to express their point of view and develop the term based on their personal experience before beginning to give definitions on advocacy. This experience demonstrated that they were not mistaken and that they had to learn in a direct manner because they were, for the most part, the population immediately affected by the problem they were attempting to solve. Some definition that they shared were: