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UNFPA Launches New Transparency Portal To Track Financial Data

Devex: UNFPA support: Where is the money going and coming from? “Last week, the United Nations Population Fund launched a transparency portal that shows important information about how the U.N. agency spent contributions from its donors in 2014. While UNFPA — which is not funded by the U.N. regular budget…

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: a new contraceptive option, China’s role in global health R&D, and vaccines for MERS and pneumonia Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights some of the past week’s news in global health research (6/29).

FGM Practiced In Western, Southern Iran, Anthropologist’s Research Shows

Reuters: Anthropologist reveals FGM practiced in western, southern Iran “…[Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady] took global campaigners by surprise this month when he published a study suggesting tens of thousands of Iranian women have undergone FGM. … Ahmady’s research, based on 4,000 interviews, shows FGM is also performed in ‘secret pockets’ of…

Blog Outlines Six Strategies To Help Women In Developing Countries With FP/RH Needs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: What women, girls and their partners want Angela Mutunga, the East Africa program adviser for Advance Family Planning, discusses six strategies for helping women in developing countries prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect their health (6/24).

Post-2015 Development Documents Must Focus More On Women’s Needs

BMJ Blogs: Marge Berer on the global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health Marge Berer, coordinator for the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, discusses the draft document of the post-2015 development agenda and how “a far greater commitment to democratic representation of women’s proven needs is…

Annual Development Assistance For Health In Developing Countries Up Since 1990, But Dips From 2013 To 2014, Study Shows

News outlets highlight a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation published Tuesday in JAMA that examines trends in global health development aid to low-income nations. HealthDay News: Health Assistance to Developing Countries Up Since 1990: Study “There has been an increase in health-related development assistance to low-income…

Improving Menstrual Hygiene Gets More Traction As Global Health Issue

NPR: People Are Finally Talking About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About “…[A]ddressing [menstrual hygiene] is a challenge, says [Elynn Walter, an activist who works at WASH Advocates], because even otherwise level-headed experts on poverty tend to get squeamish when the talk turns to periods. In fact, Walter thinks…

Unsafe Abortion Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: Indonesia’s secret abortion problem “In a country where abortion is illegal and talking about reproductive health is taboo, women are terminating their pregnancies in unsafe ways, often getting hurt and sometimes dying as a result. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion is about 20 percent more prevalent in Indonesia…