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Colombia Fails to Include HPV Vaccine in Public Health System

In Colombia, a bill that would introduce the vaccine into Bogotá’s public health care system has just failed for the third time.

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Legal Abortion Care in Bolivia Often Denied

Although abortion is permitted in Bolivia in three cases, just six women have had access to legal abortion in this country. The reasons: judicial barriers as well as doctors who oppose abortion.

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Colombia Marks Breast Cancer Month With New Detection Programs

During International Breast Cancer Month, the Colombian government piloted new programs to increase early detection.

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Inaccurate Pap Smear Results Common in Colombia

A majority of Colombian women get Pap smears, but new studies show that ten percent of such tests administered in Colombia yield inaccurate results.

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Inter-Americas RH Campaign Needs Crucial U.S. Support

U.S. support for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights would restore America’s leadership role in promoting women’s health abroad.

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Has Sex Education in Colombia Failed?

Sexuality education in Colombia has failed to reduce teen motherhood — and a new study finds the curriculum’s failure to address cultural stereotypes of male and female behavior is partly to blame.

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Colombia Confronts Female Genital Mutilation

Until 2007, Colombians believed that female genital mutilation was a practice unique to some African countries. But last year we learned that it has long been practiced by one of Colombia’s aboriginal groups.

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Colombian High Court Rules Emergency Contraception Is Not Abortion

The Colombian High Court has just ruled in favor of a governmental health agency’s right to distribute emergency contraception pills within in public health care system.

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Fighting Maternal Mortality in Colombia

Colombia’s maternal mortality rate has decreased in recent years, due largely to increased prenatal care. But the country still needs to increase the number of births attended by skilled personnel.

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A New National Plan Charts Colombia’s Course on HIV/AIDS

Colombia has made significant progress on fighting HIV/AIDS and ensuring access to treatment. But will a new national plan for HIV that addresses the growing numbers of infected women work?

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