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Recognizing Global Female Condom Day

Recognizing September 16 as Global Female Condom Day, Beth Skorochod, senior technical adviser at Population Services International (PSI), writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “Female condoms are the only woman-initiated method available that offers dual protection from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.” She discusses the experience of one…

Philippines Senator Discusses Reproductive Health Bill

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, John Murphy, a communications officer and senior writer at the foundation, interviews Philippines Senator Pia Cayetano, a primary sponsor of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, also known as the RH Bill. Cayetano discusses…

Examining Global Commitment To Ensuring Women’s Access To Contraception  

“A global community is recommitted and reenergized and we as individuals have the power to ensure that women’s autonomy over health-related decisions is a fundamental right, not a privilege,” Valerie DeFillipo, director of Family Planning 2020, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” “The effort to make contraception available is part of our…

Reflecting On The Role Of Health Workers In Improving Women’s Health Globally

In a post in IntraHealth’s “Global Health Blog,” Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development for IntraHealth, reflects on the Women Deliver conference, noting she “attended the conference to hear what the international community is saying about the roles health workers play in achieving this global imperative.”…

Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the…

Controversial Family Planning Advertising Would Spur Discussion, Behavior Change

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, Christopher Purdy, executive vice president of DKT International, discusses the benefits of controversial condom advertising in Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the Philippines, saying such ads have “provided opportunities to bring the conversation about family planning out of the bedroom and into the open.” He…

Media Coverage Of UNFPA State Of World Population Report Continues

News outlets continued their coverage of the UNFPA’s State of World Population 2013 report, which was released on Wednesday and “seeks to offer a new perspective on teenage pregnancy, looking not only at girls’ behavior as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities…

U.S. Must Push For Inclusion Of Reproductive Health In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“It’s a true testament to how far we have come over the last decade that reproductive health and rights are now an essential piece of the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of millions of people around the world,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…

To Improve Women’s Access To Health, Improve Women’s Education

“When talking about improving health care, it is paramount that local traditions and customs are taken into account,” Edna Adan Ismail, a nurse-midwife, U.N. diplomat, and former Foreign Minister of Somaliland, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “In some cultures, including mine, women — for example — cannot…

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