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Longer Life Expectancy, Population Growth Worry Some Global Health, Development Experts

The Guardian: 2015 challenges: demographic shifts “U.N. predictions put the world population at eight billion in 2025. That’s an extra five billion people on the planet in less than a lifetime (the global population was three billion in 1960). The dramatic growth is driven by more people surviving beyond childhood…

International Community Must ‘Break Its Silence On Menstruation’

Huffington Post: Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation Chris W. Williams, executive director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council “…One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold…

Mobile Family Planning Services Reach Low-Income, Rural Populations In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reaching the Unreached with Family Planning in India David J. Olson of Olson Global Communication discusses the impact of mobile family planning services in India. The operation, run by Janani, brings family planning products and services to people who have limited access to…

Successful Rural Health Programs Need Service Integration

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Vaccine Heroes and the Work Ahead Using a small Indian village as an example, Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Gates Foundation, discusses “the importance of working to ensure health services are integrated across vaccines, family planning,…

Partnerships Vital To Creating ‘One Voice’ To Reach MNCH, FP/RH Goals

Devex: Fresh perspectives on maternal, child and adolescent health Robin Gorna, executive director for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) “…PMNCH is such an exciting mechanism, bringing together all of the sectors involved in maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.…

Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Contraceptive Access At AOL Event

Huffington Post: Melinda Gates Shares Personal Reason She Wants All Women To Have Access To Birth Control “Melinda Gates understands why contraceptives are vital to the health and well-being of women in the developing world. Her own life would be different if she hadn’t had access to them. The Bill…

Universal Sex Education Agenda Not Compatible With Global Diversity

Foreign Affairs: Can Sex Education Be Universal? Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history at New York University “…Since the 1960s, Americans have split into two camps on sex education: one side wants to teach kids how to make choices about sex, and the other wants to teach them to…

Inequalities In Legal Rights For Women, Girls Exist In 170 Nations, Report Shows

News outlets discuss “Closing the Gender Gap,” a new report by UCLA’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD) on inequalities in legal rights among women and girls worldwide. The Guardian: Legal barriers prevent women’s empowerment in more than 170 countries “Twenty years after the historic Beijing conference on women’s empowerment, more…