Sunday, April 27, 2008
Obstacles to Female Condom Distribution Outlined in New Report
Via Our Bodies Our Blog:
A new report commissioned by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) blames "bureaucratic obstacles, funding restrictions, and a lack of high level commitment to female condoms" for delaying the expansion of U.S.-funded female condom distribution efforts.
But the biggest deterrent -- for both male and female condoms -- lies within U.S. global policy concerning HIV prevention.
The report, "Saving Lives Now: Female Condoms and the Role of U.S. Foreign Aid," takes to task the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which prioritizes condom promotion programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) only for "high-risk persons."