This site showcases the work of students enrolled in WGS 1272: Global Reproductive Health at Harvard University.
Global Reproductive Health, an introductory seminar, is taught by Dr. Madina Agénor, Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The course examines how poverty, development and global health policies, legacies of colonialism, and public infrastructure influence sexual and reproductive health outcomes (pregnancy, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer) and access to sexual and reproductive health services (family planning, abortion, HIV testing and counseling, cervical cancer screening) among women in low-income countries. The course also addresses how inequities based on socioeconomic position, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, and sexuality shape sexual and reproductive health inequities within countries in the Global South and how women have responded to these challenges through individual and collective agency.
For their final paper, students reviewed the academic research literature on the social determinants of a sexual and reproductive health topic of their choice in a given population and country. Based on their findings, they proposed a community-based multilevel intervention that would help address their chosen sexual and reproductive health issue by targeting its social determinants at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and/or societal level.
This website presents students’ final paper abstracts. Take some time to explore the wonderful work of WGS 1272 students, which provides insights into how we can address some of the world’s most pressing sexual and reproductive health issues and promote health equity across the globe.