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Panama Conference Shows LAC Region’s Commitment To Maternal, Child Health

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as “part of a series to coincide with A Promise Renewed in the Americas: ‘Reducing Inequalities in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Summit,’ that was held during September 10-12 in Panama,” Susan Thollaug, team leader for health and education for Latin America and…

Youth Can Transform Conversation, Action Surrounding Reproductive Health Access

Young people under age 25 worldwide have “an indispensable role to play in achieving international development goals, driving economic and social development, and shaping the course of history … [y]et around the world, young people are all too often unable to make critical choices that impact their futures,” Jill Sheffield,…

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be Recognized In Post-2015 Development Framework

“[T]here’s a truth that needs to be spoken as discussions over the next generation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the so-called post-2015 framework — have gotten underway this week,” Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, writes in a CNN opinion piece. “Sexual and reproductive health…

Improved Access To Contraception Can ‘Make A True Change For Women And Girls’

Noting the ongoing Clinton Global Initiative and U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York, WomanCare Global CEO Saundra Pelletier writes in the Huffington Post’s “Social Entrepreneurship” blog, “My hope is that it’s no coincidence that World Contraception Day falls in the middle of a week where leaders and innovators come…

USAID Committed To Improving Access To Voluntary Family Planning Options

Ellen Starbird, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog” about World Contraception Day, recognized on September 26, which “draws attention to the fact that more than 222 million women in the developing world say they want to delay or avoid pregnancy but…

Faith-Based Organizations ‘Vital’ To Ensuring Access To Family Planning

Huffington Post: Family Planning and Serving Families in Kibera Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University “…Faith-linked providers are vital to the global challenge of ensuring access to family planning. The many providers tend to be driven by concern for…

High Maternal Mortality Rate Plagues Zimbabwe

Al Jazeera: Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality crisis “…Each year in Zimbabwe, an estimated 3,000 women die during child birth and at least 1.23 percent of GDP is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to the United Nations. The situation is especially bad for poor women in rural Zimbabwe, who continue…

Contraception Access For Adolescent Girls Is Critical To Achieve MDG5

The Guardian: Progress review: contraception use among adolescent girls Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, adolescent health and development coordinator at the WHO, and Karlien Braet, WHO intern “Empowering adolescent girls to access and use contraception is a global public health priority. High unmet need for contraception translates into high numbers of unintended pregnancies,…

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…

FGM Slowly Declining In Somaliland

Agence France-Presse: Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland “It is a ritual supposed to keep women ‘pure,’ but an increased understanding of the severe health risks of extreme forms of female genital mutilation appears to be slowly rolling back its prevalence in Somalia’s northwest…” (Vesperini, 2/20).

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