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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…

PSI, UNFPA Report On Studies Examining Condom Use In 6 African Countries

“PSI and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) teamed up over the past year to study and report on the state of [male condom use] in six African countries. The results are out in six new case studies that will be presented during a consultative meeting on the Total Market Approach that…

Women Living In Poor Communities Most Powerful Resource For Health, Development

In a POLITICO opinion piece, published as part of “a series in which dozens of women will reveal what women they most admire … part of ‘Women Rule,’ a unique effort this fall by POLITICO, Google and The Tory Burch Foundation exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy…

Examining Prospects For U.S. Family Planning Funding In FY 2014

“While it is too early to tell what the specific implications may be for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy, [Wednesday's] Senate passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget agreement (H.J. Res. 59) sets the stage for the negotiation of final fiscal year 2014 appropriations legislation,” Population…

2013 Saw Victories, Challenges In Global Health

Huffington Post: Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013 Karl Hofmann, PSI president and CEO “Global health saw plenty of victories and setbacks in 2013. Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing…

New York Times’ ‘Room For Debate’ Feature Discusses Birth Control

New York Times: Thinking Beyond the Pill “More than 50 years after its introduction, the birth control pill — and altering hormonal levels in general — still seems to be the best contraceptive available. Has progress on developing new birth control methods stalled? What can be done to promote innovation?”…

More Effort Needed To Improve Myanmar’s Family Planning Services

IRIN: Burmese family planning left behind “Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s health care system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need. … At 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, Myanmar’s maternal mortality rate is one of…

New York Times Profiles Bush’s Work In Africa

The New York Times profiles former President George W. Bush’s work in Africa, writing, “While [he] is remembered at home for war, terrorism and national security, in Africa he is seen as a lifesaver who as president helped arrest a deadly epidemic and promoted development of impoverished lands. Now out…

Education, Family Planning Critical To Future of Women, Girls

“As first ladies from around the world, including Michelle Obama, gather in Tanzania on Tuesday to talk about women’s empowerment, it’s crucial that both education and contraception are addressed,” Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of Population Action International, and Halima Shariff, director of Advance Family Planning Tanzania, write in GlobalPost’s…

Improving Family Planning For Women Must Involve Human Rights Approach

Noting that one year ago governments and donors pledged $2.6 billion for family planning efforts in developing countries at the London Global Family Planning Summit, Gauri van Gulik, a researcher and advocate for Europe and Central Asia in the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch, writes in The Guardian’s…