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  1. How reliable are reports of early adolescent reproductive and sexual health events in demographic and health surveys?

    CONTEXT: Age at sexual debut, age at first marriage or first union and age at first birth are among the most widely used indicators of health and well-being for female adolescents. However, the accuracy of estimates for these indicators, particularly for younger adolescents, is poorly understood. METHODS: For each of nine countries in Africa and Latin America, Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data from two surveys conducted five years apart were used to examine women’s reports of age at sexual debut, marriage or first union, and first birth. …

  2. Health reform, decentralization, and participation in Latin America: protecting sexual and reproductive health

    The publication is a collection of four case studies that examine the role of the participatory process in the content of decentralization to improve sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and the Caribbean. Case studies from Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru highlight the activities carried out by POLICY staff to promote local-level participation in improving the policy environment for sexual and reproductive health in Latin America as a whole.

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