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Myanmar, World Bank Sign Agreement To Improve Access To MNCH Care

World Bank: Helping Myanmar Advance towards Universal Health Coverage: Maternal and Child Healthcare to Expand with New World Bank Financing “The Government of Myanmar today signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn, and child health care to millions of mothers and their young children.…

Maternal Mortality Continues To Plague Zimbabwe

Inter Press Service: Dying in Childbirth Still a National Trend in Zimbabwe “…An estimated 3,000 women die every year in Zimbabwe during childbirth and at least 1.23 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to Maternal Mortality in Zimbabwe, a United Nations issue…

Motorcycles Help Health Workers Deliver Basic Care Around Africa

Wall Street Journal: In Africa, Motorcycles Can Save Lives by Delivering Health Care “…The lack of reliable transportation ‘is a severe barrier and a bottleneck’ to delivering health care in the developing world, [Riders for Health co-founder Andrea Coleman] says. Supported by private donors, foundations, and African health ministries, Riders for…

Blog Post Examines Data On Health Care Access In Africa

Humanosphere: Visualizing health care access, equity, and bottlenecks across the world In a guest post, Amy VanderZanden, a communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses the Access, Bottlenecks, Costs, and Equity (ABCE) project, led by IHME and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya,…

Many Women Worldwide Prefer Contraception Use Over Natural Family Planning

The Guardian: Why I agree with the Pope on family planning — up to a point Faustina Fynn Nyame, country director of Marie Stopes Kenya “…[I]n a lot of ways Pope Francis and I are in complete agreement. We both want to see happy children raised in happy homes: children…

OST Banned In Crimea, Ukraine, Putting Drug Users At Increased Risk for HIV, U.N. Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says U.N. “A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday…” (Ingham, 1/21). The Guardian: Ukrainian…