Journal article

W-DARE: a three-year program of participatory action research to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women with disabilities in the Philippines

Cathy Vaughan, Jerome Zayas, Alexandra Devine, Liz Gill-Atkinson, Manjula Marella, Joy Garcia, Krissy Bisda, Joy Salgado, Carolyn Sobritchea, Tanya Edmonds, Sally Baker, Ma Jesusa Marco



BACKGROUND: In many contexts, women with disability have less access to sexual and reproductive health information, screening, prevention, and care services than women without disability. Women with disability are also known to be more likely to experience physical and sexual violence than women without disability. In the Philippines, health service providers often have little awareness of the sexual and reproductive experiences of women with disability and limited capacity to provide services in response to their needs. Very limited data are available to inform development of disability-inclusive sexual and reproductive health, and violence prevention and response, services in the country. ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the women with disability, wider community members, service providers, W-DARE Advisory Group, and the QC and LG Local Government Units, who have supported the development of W-DARE. W-DARE is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme under an award titled Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women with Disability in the Philippines: Building evidence for action. Funding has also been provided by the UNFPA Philippines Country Office. We are very grateful for their support.