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Ugandan Maternal Mortality Case Adjourns, Prompts Disappointment From Human Rights Activists

Agence France-Presse: Landmark maternal mortality case adjourns in Uganda “A court case spotlighting Uganda’s high mortality crisis — with an estimated 16 women dying in childbirth daily — adjourned Thursday, prompting disappointment from human rights activists. … After a brief hearing on Thursday, the matter was adjourned to a later…

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be ‘At The Heart Of’ Development Framework

Huffington Post: An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique, and Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland, and both co-chairs of the ICPD High-Level Task Force “World leaders will descend on United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 September to…

World Far From Reaching Global Norm On Sex Education

Washington Post: Sex education is a global dividing line between liberals and conservatives Jonathan Zimmerman, professor at New York University “…[The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994] endorsed equal access to education for girls. It also demanded ‘reproductive rights’ — including rights to contraception and…

Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index Compares State Of Youth In 30 Countries

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Health in the Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index Nicole Goldin, a senior associate with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and former director of the Global Youth Wellbeing Index project in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), discusses…

Afghan Hospital Treats Obstetric Fistula

Inter Press Service: Afghan ‘Torn’ Women Get Another Chance “…Alongside the health center in Badakhshan — 290 km northeast of Kabul — Malalai Maternity Hospital is the only health center in Afghanistan with a section devoted to coping with a disease [obstetric fistula] that is seemingly endemic to the most…

Helms Amendment Interpretation Is A ‘Violation Of Women’s Human Rights’

The Hill: Helms amendment blocks aid to African women Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of Population Action International (PAI) “…For 40 years, the Helms amendment has been applied as a blanket restriction on the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions. Since its passage, policymakers have gone beyond the letter of…

Improving Sexual, Reproductive Health In Kenya Will Have Positive Implications

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), discusses the importance of improving access and attitudes around sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya and highlights projects that address…

Blog Addresses U.S. Government’s Helms Amendment

BMJ Blogs: The BMJ Today: When the worst choice is no choice at all Abi Rimmer, BMJ Careers news reporter, discusses the U.S. government’s Helms Amendment and its impact on funding for abortion (8/14).

Experts Warn Contraceptive Access Lacking For HIV-Positive African Women

Inter Press Service: The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa — Contraception “In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa — contraceptives for HIV-positive women…” (Gathigah, 8/14).

Expanding Family Planning Services Can Reduce HIV Infection In Children, Study Says

Inter Press Service: Helping Uganda’s HIV-positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies “…In the last decade, Uganda’s modern contraceptive use among women has slowly increased from 18 percent to 26 percent. Though low, this level of contraceptive use likely averted 20 percent of pediatric HIV infections and 13 percent of AIDS-related children’s…