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Melinda Gates Reflects On RMNCH, Debate Around Abortion

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reflections on My Recent Travels Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health) and issues surrounding access to abortion (6/2).

South African Officials Hope To Prevent Unsafe Circumcision Rituals

Associated Press: In South Africa, old custom becomes health crisis “This month, youths in some rural areas will head to secluded huts for circumcision rituals meant to usher them into manhood, an annual rite of passage during the current South African winter, and in the summer at year’s end. Officials…

Ensuring Access To Health Care Is ‘Core Component’ Of Women’s Human Rights

“A core component of women’s rights is ensuring that all women — regardless of religion, nationality, or income level — have access to quality health care,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “Women” blog. “Recognizing the key link between health care for mothers and the impact on…

Seven Issues To Watch For On 2014 International Family Planning Agenda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Christopher Purdy, executive vice president of DKT International, and Philip Harvey, executive director of DKT International, examine seven issues and trends to watch for on the international family planning agenda in 2014. Their list includes the easing of China’s family planning…

Ethiopia Is ‘A Family Planning Success Story’

“Over the last two decades, Ethiopia has become a family planning success story, one of only a handful of countries in Africa to achieve that status,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, and Andrew Piller, country director of DKT Ethiopia, write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient…

Critics Question How Chinese Provinces Use One-Child Policy Fines

“Recent revelations about the huge amounts paid by families who violate China’s one-child policy have raised questions about just how the money is spent and spurred calls to ban the fines,” the New York Times’ “Sinosphere” blog reports. “Chinese provinces have begun disclosing the amounts they received last year in…

Guttmacher Analysis Examines Faith-Based Groups’ Roles In Family Planning Services

“Contrary to public perception, faith-based organizations from diverse religious backgrounds are key players in the provision of family planning services around the world, and those based in the United States advocate for increased U.S. assistance in this area to boost global health, according to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis,” a…

Women Lack Access To Female Condoms In Gulu, Uganda, UPI Reports

“The fight against AIDS has been waged for more than three decades, with more people becoming infected each day, yet preventive measures such as female condoms are not being embraced in some areas of Gulu, a post-conflict region in northern Uganda, said the district’s planner, John Luwa,” United Press International…