The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
NEWS & VIEWS
Each year around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. The Health Policy Project recognizes the important role women play in fostering healthy families and healthy communities. Our programs collaborate with government agencies, national and international organizations, women’s associations, donors, and other stakeholders to advocate for policies that enhance access to health services and improve the well-being of women and girls.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Health Policy Project recognizes the economic, political, and social achievements of women and girls throughout the world. We also renew our commitment to address gender inequalities, and pledge our support in the effort to empower females to work toward a brighter future and improved health for themselves, their families, and their communities.
For more information about International Women’s Day, visit the official website.
Inspiring Futures: Telling their Stories
Women are on the forefront in leading the global effort to advance the health of women and girls. Below are stories of female leaders that have dedicated their lives to advocating for improved maternal health, family planning, and reproductive health.
African Women Leaders Add their Voices to Development
Ruth Musila is a knowledge translation scientist at the African Institute for Policy Development and is ready to help make family planning and reproductive health a higher priority in Kenya. To do so, she says, “We need to move from making commitments to implementing policies.”
Advocating for Life-Saving Changes in Uganda
Beatrice Rwakimari is a former Member of Parliament in Uganda. She says joined parliament because she wanted to help women in her community. Beatrice has since retired from parliament and founded ARISE, a non-governmental organization that advocates for the needs of women and girls in her community.
Fighting for the Right to Safe Motherhood in Tanzania
Rose Mlay has been a dedicated advocate for maternal and child health ever since she decided to become a midwife in 1974. Since then, Rose began to teach maternal and child health courses at a national university and went on to establish the White Ribbon Alliance in Tanzania, where she works as the national coordinator.
Selected Health Policy Project Resources
RAPIDWomen is an interactive software tool that links family planning to other women-centered strategies such as girls’ education and promotion of gender equitable norms , thereby demonstrating how investing in these programs can increase quality of life for women, girls, and families, as well as overall development. Learn more.
What Works for Women and Girls
What Works for Women and Girls is a website that provides strategies, comprehensive data, and evidence on a full range of gender-sensitive HIV programming for women and girls. Visit the website.
Video – Break the Silence: Respectful Maternity Care
The Health Policy Project and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood have recently unveiled a new charter and advocacy materials to promote respectful maternity. Click below to watch a video to learn more about the charter and why all women deserve the universal right to respectful maternity care.
- Something to Build On: “Innovation Exchange” Celebrates the Health Policy Project’s Close and a New Beginning
- What Will it Take for Tanzania to Achieve ART Targets and Ensure Long-Term Sustainability of the HIV Response?
- Helping Kenya’s County Leaders Advocate for Increased Health Investments
- HPP Holds Working Meeting on Ensuring Responsible PEPFAR Transitions for Key Populations
- Health Policy Project Celebrates 2016 International Women's Day
- HPP Staff Participate in White House Conference on HIV Stigma Reduction