Resource Library

ARSRC's library is a clearinghouse of sexuality resources in Africa. Its collection includes over 1000 gray literature, research findings from work done in the field of sexuality, and gold standard publications. The literature is diverse, sourced from regional and international sources, but with particular emphasis on Africa. The online library provides information similar resources available electronically.


Key Resources on Sexuality, Reproductive Health and Sexual Health

Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration

Outcome of the Bali Global Youth Forum of United Nations Member States, youth groups, individual youth participants, non-governmental organizations, private sector institutions and other stakeholders, as well as thousands of virtual participants. The recommendations contained within the Final Declaration provide youth advocates with concrete tools through which they can advance for a progressive rights-based agenda both within the remaining spaces of the ICPD+20 review process and the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda. download

African Sexualities, A Reader

This groundbreaking volume, the first of its kind written by African activists themselves, aims to inspire a new generation of students and teachers to study, reflect and gain fresh and critical insights into the complex issues of gender and sexuality. This accessible but scholarly multidisciplinary text, from a distinctly African perspective, is built around themed sections each introduced by a framing essay. The authors use essays, case studies, poetry, news clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, short film scripts and photographs from a wide political spectrum to examine dominant and deviant sexualities, analyse the body as a site of political, cultural and social contestation and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities and femininities. The book adopts a feminist approach that analyses sexuality within patriarchal structures of oppression while also highlighting its emancipatory potential. download

Africa Health Strategy: 2007 - 2015

The Africa Health Strategy sets out the objectives and strategic direction to Africa’s efforts in achieving its vision of an integrated and prosperous Africa, free of its heavy burden of disease, disability and premature death. It provides an overarching framework to enable coherence within and between countries, civil society and the international community. download

Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS, TB & Other Related Infectious Diseases

The Declaration sets out the commitments made by African leaders at the Abuja Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, in 2001. It recognises AIDS as constituting a "state of emergency" in Africa and resolves to consolidate the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and related infectious diseases, through a comprehensive multisectoral strategy. download

Maputo Plan of Action 2007 - 2010

The Maputo Plan of Action for the Operationalisation of the Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, 2007-2010 is an African Union (AU) instrument aimed at helping women to rapidly access reproductive health care facilities through the integration of public health care facilities. It is built on nine action areas: Integration of sexual and reproductive health services into PHC, repositioning family planning, youth-friendly services, unsafe abortion, quality safe motherhood, resource mobilization, commodity security and monitoring and evaluation. download

Every Woman Every Child: Summary of Commitments for Women’s and Children’s Health

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially launched a global effort on women’s and children’s health in New York on April 14, 2010. The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, developed by a wide range of stakeholders, sets out how we can work together to improve the health of women and children. download

Promotion of Sexual Health of Recommendations for Action

This publication of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), seeks to address developments that have occurred in the field of human sexuality throughout the Americas. The report outlines a series of strategies under these goals to help achieve advances in sexual health, and concludes that "it is indispensable to have Sexual Health integrated into public health programmes." download

Reproductive Health Strategy To Accelerate Progress Towards The Attainment Of International Development Goals And Targets

Adopted by the 57th World Health Assembly in 2004, this strategy is intended for a broad audience of policy-makers within governments, international agencies, professional associations, nongovernmental organizations and other institutions. download

Global Strategy to Stop Health-care Providers From Performing Female Genital Mutilation

This global strategy against medicalization of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, including UN organizations and health-care professional bodies, national governments and NGOs. The strategy is intended for a broad audience of policy-makers in governments, parliamentarians, international agencies, professional associations, community leaders, religious leaders, NGOs and other institutions. download

Repositioning Family Planning - Guidelines for Advocacy Action

This toolkit aims to help those working in family planning across Africa to effectively advocate for renewed emphasis on family planning to enhance the visibility, availability, and quality of family planning services for increased contraceptive use and healthy timing and spacing of births, ultimately, improved quality of life across the region. download

Mental Health Aspects Of Women's Reproductive Health - A Global Review of the Literature

This book has reviewed the research undertaken on a broad range of reproductive health issues and their mental health determinants/consequences over the last 15 years from both high- and low-income countries. Evidence from peer-reviewed journals has been used wherever possible but has been augmented with results of a specific survey initiated to gather state of the art information on reproductive and mental health issues from a variety of researchers and interested parties. Valuable data from consultant reports, national programme evaluations and postgraduate research work was also compiled, analyzed and synthesized. download

Global Strategy For The Prevention And Control Of Sexually Transmitted Infections: 2006-2015

The Global strategy has two components: technical and advocacy. The technical content of the strategy deals with methods to promote healthy sexual behaviour, protective barrier methods, effective and accessible care for STIs, and the upgrading of monitoring and evaluation of STI control programmes. Emphasis is placed on a public health approach based on sound scientific evidence and cost—effectiveness. download

Prevention And Treatment Of HIV And Other Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Men Who Have Sex With Men And Transgender People - Recommendations for a Public Health Approach

The Guidelines focus on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. They include evidence-based recommendations, the summary and grading of evidence, implementation issues and key research gaps. download

Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010

The UNAIDS biennial report states that the world has turned the corner - having halted and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV. Fewer people are being infected with HIV and more people have access to treatment. download

Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS, 2011-2015

The WHO global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS, 2011–2015 guides the health sector response to HIV epidemics in order to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support. download

Preventing HIV/AIDS In Young People - A Systematic Review Of The Evidence From Developing Countries

The WHO global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS, 2011–2015 guides the health sector response to HIV epidemics in order to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support. download

Human Rights And Gender Equality In Health Sector Strategies: How To Assess Policy Coherence

This tool, developed in collaboration between WHO, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is designed to support countries to strengthen national health strategies by applying human rights and gender equality commitments and obligations. It poses critical questions to identify gaps and opportunities in the review or reform of health sector strategies. Analysis tables include critical questions rooted in international human rights and gender equality principles to trace country commitments and obligations. download

Speaking Out: A Toolkit for MSM-Led HIV and AIDS Advocacy

Speaking Out is an advocacy toolkit created to address the urgent need for men who have sex with men (MSM) everywhere to engage in advocacy locally, nationally, and globally to end the HIV epidemic and promote their human rights. The toolkit equips individuals and organizations with tools and techniques that enable them to become advocates right now, whoever and wherever they happen to be. download

2010 Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings

The 2010 Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings is an update of the 1999 Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations: An Inter-agency Field Manual, the authoritative guidance on reproductive health interventions in humanitarian settings. The 2010 version provides additional guidance on how to implement the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health, a minimum standard of care in humanitarian response. It also splits the original chapter on HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) into two separate chapters to accommodate new guidance on HIV programming. download

Men Who Have Sex with Men: An Introductory Guide for Health Workers in Africa

This manual highlights issues that are specific to men who have sex with men (MSM) and provides additional training relevant for addressing this population group. The publication is designed for HIV counsellors and other health workers who work in Africa and have varying degrees of expertise in addressing issues related to MSM. The aim is to provide counsellors and health care providers with the insight and skills necessary to discuss MSM behaviours among their clients and provide counselling services that adequately cater to the unique needs of MSM in an African context. download

Integrating Gender Issues into AIDS Vaccine Clinical Research: a training manual for sub-Saharan Africa

The Gender Training Manual provides a flexible set of participatory training exercises that can be used to assist AIDS vaccine clinical research staff, community advisory boards and others to understand gender and sexuality issues, the importance of enrolling equitable numbers of men and women in clinical trials and how gender can affect participation in AIDS vaccine clinical research. download

The World's Women 2010: Trends And Statistics

The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics is the fifth issue of The World's Women. The current issue highlights the differences in the status of women and men in eight areas - population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. Analyses are based mainly on statistics from international and national statistical sources. download