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Reproductive Health Resources


Organizations and Agencies

Alan Guttmacher Institute
"AGI is a non-profit organization focused on reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education." Their journals as well as numerous publications are available online.

The Center for Reproductive Rights
CRLP is "dedicated to promoting women's equality worldwide by guaranteeing reproductive rights as human rights." The website has information on legislative, policy, and legal issues. Many publications are available, including their Women of the World series, which detail local laws, policies, and quality of life statistics as they realte to reproductive rights and health.

FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International)
FHI is "committed to assisting the people of the developing world in planning for healthy families and improving their reproductive health. This includes assuring contraceptive safety, preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, improving maternal care, and facilitating access to quality reproductive health services." The site includes numerous publications.

International Center for Research on Women
"The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive." The ICRW's publications library includes freely available reports, toolkits, policy briefs and position papers on topics such as child marriage, fertility and empowerment, reproductive health, maternal health, and trafficking, among many others.

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is a principal source of U.S. national estimates of factors affecting pregnancy and birth rates, including sexual activity, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, contraceptive use, miscarriage and stillbirth, infertility, and use of medical services for family planning and infertility.

Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) (National Toxicology Program and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health)
" The NTP Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) [was created] to serve as an environmental health resource to the public and to regulatory and health agencies. This office conducts evaluations to assess the evidence that environmental chemicals, physical substances, or mixtures (collectively referred to as "substances") cause adverse health effects and provides opinions on whether these substances may be of concern given what is known about current human exposure levels. Assessments of potential adverse effects of environmental substances on reproduction or development carried out by the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction from 1998-2010, will now be carried out by OHAT. OHAT also organizes workshops or state-of-the-science evaluations to address issues of importance in environmental health sciences. OHAT assessments are published as NTP Monographs."

Pathfinder International
"Pathfinder International works to improve the reproductive health of women, men, and adolescents throughout the developing world." Their focus areas include AIDS, Advocacy, Abortion, and Adolescents. Their site includes many free publications and tools which are searchable by topic, country, and language.

Population Council
"The Population Council is an international, nonprofit institution that conducts research on three fronts: biomedical, social science, and public health." Its range of activities includes developing contraceptives and other products; conducting research on reproductive health and behavior, the causes and consequences of population growth, and related issues; and publishing monographs, periodicals, books, and more.

Reproductive Health for Refugees Consortium
The goal of RHRC is to "increase access to a broad range of quality, voluntary reproductive health services to refugees and displaced persons around the world." The web site has advocacy, training, and research information on reproductive health, safe motherhood, emergency obstetrics, STDs, and sexual and gender violence.

U.S. CDC Reproductive Health
Topics include assisted reproductive technology, unintended pregnancy, maternal health, women's reproductive health, infant health, men's reproductive health, and racial and ethnic minority health.

U.S. EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Web Site
"The Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program focuses on providing methods and procedures to detect and characterize endocrine activity of pesticides, commercial chemicals, and environmental contaminants." This Program is based on the recommendations of the the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC). The committee's documents are available full-text. One is the 1997 Special Report on Environmental Endocrine Disruption: An Effects Assessment and Analysis.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

A Measure of Survival: Calculating Women's Sexual and Reproductive Risk (2007, Population Action International)
This report, the fourth in a series on the sexual and reproductive health of women worldwide, ranks countries on factors such as teen pregnancy, use of birth control, prevalence of HIV/AIDS, access to skilled obstetric care, abortion policies, and anemia in pregnant women.

Reproductive Health Online
"ReproLine was developed by JHPIEGO, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. JHPIEGO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of women and families throughout the world, works to increase the number of qualified health professionals trained in modern reproductive healthcare, especially family planning." Full-text family planning and reproductive health documents, training tips and materials, and a section on current health news are available.

Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States
Each state is reviewed for legislative activity, administration policies, contraception laws, access by minors to reproductive health services, sexuality and AIDS/STD education, and more. From the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL)

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Reproductive Health Gateway
This web site provides a gateway to numerous information resources including a calendar, listservs, databases, news, directories, and more. It features an advanced search feature, and the web site is available in eleven languages. It also includes several topical guides, such as family planning, adolescent health, maternal health, and more. A project of the Health Information and Publications Network, the gateway is managed by the Information and Knowledge for Optimal Health Project (INFO).

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