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Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of its “She Builds” campaign. Devex: Much has been done, but far from enough Jan Mattsson, executive director of UNOPS “Sustainable development and gender equality are two sides of the same coin. The international community cannot reach its 2015 Millennium Development Goals, nor…

PRI’s ‘The World’ Reports On Impacts Of Obstetric Fistula

PRI’s “The World”: Scarred by childbirth, mothers are finding help to heal and start over “…Obstetric fistula affects hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa. For many, it is far more than a physical ailment. It can turn them into outcasts…” (Kelto, 3/24).

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces $50M To Support Family Planning Services In LAC, Africa

The Guardian: Family planning groups in developing countries set for Bloomberg boost “Grassroots organizations are to share in a multi-million dollar project to improve family planning and reproductive health services for women and girls in Africa and Latin America. Groups in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Nicaragua will be able…

Burkina Faso Should Rethink, Improve Family Planning Services, Study Says

IRIN: Staunching Burkina’s abortions “One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were…

UNHCR Releases Videos Detailing Women’s Stories Of FGM

Huffington Post: U.N. Videos Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Female Genital Mutilation Victims “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue raising awareness on the widespread assault on human rights…” (Couch, 3/24).

Family Planning Is ‘Key To Other Global Health Goals’

TIME: Bill Frist: Contraception Is A Pro-Life Cause In Developing World Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands “…With an increased focus on maternal, newborn, and child health over the past few years, the global community has seen real…

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…

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…

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…