Essay Explores Politics Of Partnerships In Reproductive Health Initiatives

Africa Is A Country: Of gag rules and global partnerships
Lynn M. Thomas, a professor at the University of Washington, discusses the challenges of politics in advancing global health, in particular family planning, as well as the emergence and role of partnerships in global health, writing, “We live in times when talk of partnership abounds while wealth disparities deepen and backward-looking populism breathes new life into bigoted and isolationist elements within national politics. The Trump/Pence administration’s expanded global gag rule is a product of these times but also the culmination of a much longer history of U.S. initiatives abroad regarding reproduction and sexuality…” (7/7).

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