Knowledge Hub

To support reproductive health advocates across the globe, Global Doctors for Choice (GDC) has gathered resources related to advocacy with the aim of influencing policies, guidelines, and laws to improve access to care.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and does not necessarily reflect GDC’s position.  We will continue to gather and add resources, and invite you to contact us to suggest resources.

To view how we defined the Topics and Resource Types, please click here.

We suggest you start your search by Topic and then if needed refine by Resource Type.  You also can use the Search Bar to refine your search results.

Assessment of Family Planning Service Availability and Readiness in 10 African Countries

Date: January 2018 Topics: SRH Education    Resource Types: Publications
"The World Health Organization worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development to develop the Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) survey to measure health facility capacity to provide end users with appropriate, high-quality health care. In this study, the authors looked at the service availability and readiness of health facilities to provide contraception in 10 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda."

First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ugandan Adolescents Released

Date: September 2018 Topics: SRH Education    Resource Types: Publications
This new study by researchers at Guttmacher Institute and Uganda's Makerere University documents abortion rates and severity of abortion related complications among Ugandan adolescents.

La Mesa (for Women’s Health and Life)

Topics: Trusted Reproductive Health Organizations    Resource Types: Websites
La Mesa is a collective of organizations and individuals that work for the sexual and reproductive rights of women in Colombia, in particular for the total decriminalization of abortion. Its website contains resources on legal frameworks, research, multimedia, partnerships, and opinion articles on areas of abortion and comprehensive reproductive health, including the health exception. This resource is in Spanish.

Advanced Training and Leadership Program

Topics: Advocacy Tools    Resource Types: Trainings, Websites
CREATE (Continuing Reproductive Education for Advanced Training Efficacy) is a structured advanced training curriculum that begins to address the barriers between training and future reproductive health provision. This website provides resources for organizations to host their own workshops and sessions.

Advocating for Adolescent Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Topics: Advocacy Case Studies    Resource Types: Publications
Advocating for Adolescent Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa provides some examples of advocacy efforts by looking closely at the strategies and activities of reproductive health advocates in sub-Saharan Africa. These examples provide guidance to new campaigns, stimulate ideas, and generate new contacts among reproductive health advocates from around the region. This resource is also available in French.

Advocacy Kit for Growing Up Global: The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries

Topics: Advocacy Tools    Resource Types: Websites
"The advocacy kit provides a series of fact sheets on the data and policy recommendations drawn from the publication, as well as calls to action and advocacy tips. Fact sheet topics include youth sexual and reproductive health; youth and marriage; youth and parenting; and youth and education. An executive summary of the publication is also included in the kit."

Advocates for Youth Advocacy Toolkit

Topics: Advocacy Tools    Resource Types: Trainings
"This Advocacy Kit contains information on the basic components of an advocacy campaign" geared specifically toward adolescent sexual health. "Specific sections address working in groups to achieve your goals (Coalition Building in Community Education and Advocacy), promoting your goals to the public (Education and Media Campaigns) and influencing the legislative process in your favor (Lobbying: the Art of Persuasion)."

Measuring Abortion Stigma

Topics: Abortion Stigma Info & Mitigation    Resource Types: Websites
"This collection includes articles, blog posts, and other resources highlighting the tools available to measure abortion stigma." You can contact Inroads if you need support in accessing any of the full text articles in their collection.

On Health Exception

Date: July 2017 Topics: Health Exception    Resource Types: Trainings
This PowerPoint by REDAAS is a training toolkit on the health exception in Argentina. This resource is in Spanish.

Rape, death risk for women and anencephaly, legal abortion in Brazil

Date: August 2018 Topics: Health Exception    Resource Types: Websites
In this video, Dr. Cristiao Rosas, an OBGYN and coordinator of GDC/Brazil, discusses his experience providing legal abortion services in Sao Paulo. This video is in Portuguese.

Advocating for access to safe reproductive health care.