There are currently 220 million women worldwide who want but don't have access to effective methods of contraception and family planning services. Reproductive health is important at both the family level and the national level: by reducing health care costs, infant mortality, adolescent...Read more
“The quality of care in the public health care system is very poor," said Neuci, a mother of two teenage daughters who lives in Cachoeirinha, Brazil. Cachoeirinha is a large favela located outside Rio de Janeiro. It is a neighborhood where poverty, violence, and drug use are rampant, and the rate...Read more
When the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, medical anthropologist Richard Parker had just started a doctoral program at University of California, Berkeley. Soon after, he found himself in the epicenter of one of the world’s most devastating epidemics. The fortuity of being in...Read more
For more than two decades, advocates in Latin America and the Caribbean have come together on September 28th to demand governments decriminalize abortion, provide access to safe and legal abortion services, and bring an end to the stigma faced by women who have had an abortion. This year, two...Read more
For more than two decades, advocates in Latin America and the Caribbean have come together on September 28th to demand governments decriminalize abortion, provide access to safe and legal abortion services, and bring an end to the stigma faced by women who have had an abortion. This year, two...Read more
Earlier this summer, I returned to my home country of Brazil, where I was reminded of the old adage that looks can be deceiving. Despite Brazil’s recent rise as a global economic giant, a quarter of the population still lives below the poverty line. Like many countries throughout Latin America and...Read more
For most women, pregnancy is a time filled with uncertainty and anticipation. For many women in Brazil, it is a time filled with fear. According to the World Health Organization, over 4,000 women in Brazil die from pregnancy and childbirth related causes every year . This loss of life accounts for...Read more