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WHO Contraception Guidance Released Ahead Of International Women’s Day

News outlets report on the WHO’s release of new guidance on access to contraception and family planning services. U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency issues guidance on access to contraceptive information, services “With preparations under way to mark International Women’s Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)…

Inexpensive Cervical Cancer Test Could Help Reduce Female Mortality In Africa

VOA News: Simple Technique Could Mean End of Cervical Cancer “Most people think of malaria, AIDS and childbirth as leading causes of death for women in sub-Saharan Africa. But there’s another killer: Cervical cancer. There is a simple test and technology that can save the lives of women in developing…

Clinton Links Women’s Reproductive Rights To Human Development Goals

News sources highlight a speech at the U.N. by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who linked women’s reproductive rights to human development. CNN: Clinton ties ‘broader human development’ with women’s reproductive rights “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a Friday speech at the United Nations to tie…

Family Planning Program In Senegal Encounters Resistance With Religious Leaders

Washington Post: Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders In Senegal, “a government program to increase contraceptive use and reduce family sizes … is part of a global campaign that aims to give 120 million more women around the world access to contraception by 2020. For…

Falling Fertility Rates In Developing Countries Is Worrisome

Wall Street Journal: Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries “Slumping fertility rates aren’t just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. … Thailand’s fertility rate has fallen to an average of just 1.6 children per woman, from seven in the 1970s, disrupting centuries of tradition in which children…

Ending Child Marriage Sees Concerted International Push

Center for American Progress: Too Young: Helping Child Brides in the Developing World “…The human implications of these almost medieval marriage practices around the globe are appalling. Such early marriage casts young girls into enormous peril, leaving them far more at risk of violence and abuse and often ending their hopes…

Research Looks At Role Of Overpopulation In Global Health

Healthline News: Overpopulation: An Overlooked Factor in Global Health “New research suggests that population growth is driving numerous global health crises, yet it’s rarely factored into the equation. The world’s population currently stands at 7.15 billion people and has the potential to double in the next 50 years. In the…

Humanosphere Discusses Africa’s Fertility Rate

In Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the fertility rate in Africa, referencing a recent article by The Economist on the topic, as well as resulting responses. “Where everyone agrees is that contraceptives play an important role in reducing fertility. More importantly, is that they provide the opportunity for choice…

Reconstructive Surgery Offers FGM Victims Chance At Physical Recovery

The Atlantic: Trying to Rebuild Women’s Bodies After Female ‘Circumcision’ “A small number of surgeons are performing clitoral reconstruction procedures in the United States for victims of female genital mutilation, offering a chance at physical recovery…” (Khan, 5/27).