The Contact Group of Working Group I met on Friday morning to proceed with consideration of Section C (health) and hear reports from informal groups set up to consider difficult portions of the text.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE C.4. (research and information). In paragraph 110(d) (preventive action and research), "gender" was removed from brackets. In (e) (increased cancer risk), a compromise formula was adopted: "inform women about the factors which increase the risks of developing cancers and infections of the reproductive tract so that they can make informed decisions." In (h) (sexual health resources), brackets were removed and text amended: "medicine and technology" and "regulation of fertility including natural family planning." In (i) (unsafe abortion), "unsafe abortion" and "contraceptive" were removed from brackets.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE C.5. (Resources and action). In 111(a) (budget allocations), "where necessary" was tentatively removed. "Primary" health and "reproductive and sexual" were removed from brackets. Brackets were deleted in (b) (innovative funding approaches). In (c) (local health services), "where appropriate" was deleted. Brackets were removed from 112(b) (youth NGOs and sexual and reproductive health) and (c) (prioritize women's health).