As populations expand, our minds, technologies, and capacities have to keep pace with the current realities. I commend the Bahamas Sexual and Reproductive Health Association (BSRHA) on recreating itself to better fit the nuanced demands of Bahamian society. Its... READ MORE


The recent events in Jamaica surrounding the brutal murder of a 16-year-old boy described as a "cross-dresser" by the media should be a wakeup call for people in Barbados and across the Caribbean more generally.


Although Mexico has one of the largest economies in Latin America, persistent inequality presents major challenges to development. With more than 50% of the country’s total income held by the wealthiest 20%, access to education, employment, and health services—particularly for youth—remains out of reach for millions. Compounding these... READ MORE


In yesterday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama pledged to expand opportunity for all Americans and reverse the trend of economic inequality in the United States. He said, "Let’s make this a year... READ MORE


Though lifetime fertility has fallen to 2.6 births per woman in the Dominican Republic, adolescents face limited access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. The adolescent fertility rate remains high, at 98 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19, and high rates of unintended pregnancy are still a problem.


In Panama, young people are routinely denied access to comprehensive sexuality education and health services that meet their real-life needs. As a result, teenage pregnancy rates remain high. Although the Panamanian government has outlined national health care standards, and signed on to several international commitments that uphold the right... READ MORE


Young people between the ages of 10 and 24 account for more than a third of the Bolivian population. The issues related to their sexual and reproductive health are staggering:

• Every hour in Bolivia, three teenagers get pregnant.
• One in... READ MORE


Five years ago, we set out on an exciting and unique journey. As part of the Millennium Development Goals, governments agreed to ensure universal access to critical reproductive health services such as contraception and care during pregnancy. While we were excited by the prominence that reproductive health had gained in the global development... READ MORE


In the capital city of Caracas—nestled at the base of the impressive Mount Avila, which separates the city from the Caribbean Sea—theater is changing the lives of young people in Venezuela.


When 19-year-old Adrianna became pregnant, she didn’t understand what had happened. “My boyfriend said he was taking care of himself,” she explains. Adrianna, who lives in the Victor Gonzales squatter settlement in El Callao, Peru, with her 11-month-old son and five other relatives, hadn’t received any sexuality education. She knew what a... READ MORE

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