Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Angel Foster -- Building the case for expanding access to emergency contraception in the Arab world

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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Building the case for expanding access to emergency contraception in the Arab world

Angel Foster, PhD. – Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa/ Senior Associate at Ibis Reproductive Health, Cambridge, MA. 

In the Arab world an estimated one in four pregnancies are unintended and identifying ways to address unmet contraceptive need has long been identified as a regional public health priority. After providing an overview of the status of contraception and abortion in the region, this talk will focus on current efforts to expand access to emergency contraception (EC). Through a discussion of three case studies, Tunisia, Jordan, and Palestine, this talk will highlight the different needs, challenges, and opportunities related to expanding access and will showcase how inclusion of EC into reproductive health service delivery promises to be especially important for unmarried women, refugees, and other vulnerable populations.

The Human Security in the Middle East Seminar Series is sponsored by the Program of Middles East Studies at Brown University.

Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.