Commentary & Opinion
Integration of Family Planning, HIV Programs "Makes Sense"
December 6, 2011
In this Knowledge for Health (K4Health) blog post, Elsie Mwaniki, a communication specialist at K4Health, reflects on the integration of family planning and HIV services, writing, "Many HIV-positive women have an unmet need for family planning (FP) services," so providing these services together (FP/HIV integration) "makes sense." She recaps a panel discussion containing "several insights into the potential of FP/HIV integration to improve health outcomes" that occurred at a congressional briefing on FP/HIV integration that took place on December 1, World AIDS Day, and concludes, "The take-home message from the briefing was that improving access to FP, particularly among HIV-positive women, is critical for protecting maternal and child health" (12/5).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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