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Zika Virus: The Challenge for Women

In the latest post in the Policy Insights series, Jen Kates, Josh Michaud, and Allison Valentine examine how rapid emergence of Zika virus in the Americas, and its association with a severe birth defect, impact women as some health officials are calling for women to avoid pregnancy even though they…

U.S. Government Funding for Women and Family Health

The U.S. government has a long history of supporting efforts to improve the health of women and families around the world. While many U.S. programs address women and family health generally, several are focused on them directly, including: maternal and child health (MCH), which includes immunization activities; family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH); and nutrition. This overview paper presents key findings for accompanying papers examining U.S funding for each of these sectors. They look at funding trends over time, the top country recipients of aid, the share of funding provided to the sector within the larger U.S. global health funding portfolio, and the role of the U.S. as a donor in the context of overall donor support.

The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer

An overview of the Mexico City Policy, which, when last in effect, required foreign NGOs to certify that they would not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds) as a condition for receiving most U.S. government global health assistance.

The USG International Family Planning Landscape: Defining Approaches to Address Uncertainties in Funding and Programming – Discussion Summary

This brief summarizes a discussion held in January 2018 to discuss international family planning efforts in the context of funding and policy uncertainty. Convened by the Center for Global Development and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the discussion brought together a range of stakeholders including US government officials, other donors and international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector.

Testimony: The U.S. Government Role in Women’s Global Health and Key Challenges

Jennifer Kates, Senior Vice President and Director of KFF’s Global Health & HIV Policy program, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs as part of a hearing on Unique Challenges Women Face in Global Health. Her testimony describes the role of the U.S. government in women’s global health and highlights challenges and opportunities to strengthen these efforts.

2016 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health

The 2016 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health is the latest in a series of surveys designed, conducted, and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation in order to shed light on the American public’s perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes about the role of the United States in efforts to improve health for people in developing countries. This most recent survey updates trends on Americans’ perceptions of the most urgent problems facing developing countries, views on U.S. spending on health, and U.S. priorities for women’s health in developing countries. It also explores new questions on Americans’ awareness of the Zika virus outbreak and recent U.S. efforts to combat the outbreak both at home and in developing countries.

Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs; Other Issues, Including Health, Rated Important

Strong Support for U.S. Role in Combatting Zika At Home and Abroad When it comes to world affairs, majorities of Americans list fighting terrorism (64%), protecting human rights (60%), and protecting the environment and fighting climate change (51%) as top priorities for the president and Congress, finds a new Kaiser…

Statutory Requirements & Policies Governing U.S. Global Family Planning and Reproductive Health Efforts

This issue brief provides a summary of the major policies and statutory requirements governing U.S. participation in international family planning and reproductive health efforts. These laws and policies collectively direct how funds are spent, which organizations receive funds and generally shape U.S. family planning and reproductive health activities around the world.

Women and HIV in the United States

This updated fact sheet highlights the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in the United States, providing current data and trends over time.

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