Sexual and reproductive health of women with disability in the Philippines: Building evidence for action
- Increase the availability of information on disability prevalence and the lived experience of disability (well-being and access to services) in the Philippines.
- Generate data on the experiences of women with disability in relation to access to SRH programs (including barriers and facilitators) and women's experiences of SRH programs in Quezon City (Metro Manila) and Ligao City (Albay province).
- Analyse data to inform design and implementation of interventions to increase access to SRH programs for women with disability.
- Provide evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions and develop guidelines for gender-sensitive disability inclusion in SRH programs and across the health sector in the Philippines.
- Increase the capacity of local partners to implement disability inclusive research.
Women with disability can experience poorer health throughout their lives and have limited access to health services. The United Nations acknowledges the right of women with disability to have sexual relationships, get married and have a family, and to access comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. However SRH programs are often not appropriate for, or accessible to, women with disability.
Australian Development Research Award (DFAT) and UNFPA
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