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Maternal, Sexual, Reproductive Health Services Must Be Integrated In Response Efforts During Humanitarian Crises

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: As Humanitarian Crises Multiply, Maternal Health and Safety of Women Becoming a Focus Katrina Braxton, program assistant for the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, discusses the risk that women and girls face during humanitarian crises and how organizations can…

Senegal’s National Review Of Family Planning Strategy Shows Progress

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Senegal Celebrates Great Progress in Family Planning During National Review Sara Stratton, director of IntraHealth’s West and Southern Africa Programs, discusses the recent national review of Senegal’s National Action Plan for Family Planning 2012-2015. “…This review was held to take stock of progress, discuss roadblocks to implementation,…

Conference Discusses Maternal Mortality, Reproductive Health MDGs In Nigeria

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria: Surveying the Field Katrina Braxton, program assistant for the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, summarizes a videoconference that took place in both Abuja, Nigeria, and Washington, D.C., on December 17, during which…

Global Community Must End FGM

Huffington Post: Act Now to End FGM Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “Every year, in Africa alone, three million girls are subjected to female genital mutilation. That’s about 8,000 every day. … At IPPF we look for a comprehensive approach to tackle FGM — from…

R&D Spending For Reproductive Health In Developing Countries Not Fulfilling Need, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Reproductive health R&D funding ‘failing to match need’ “…Research and development (R&D) spending on reproductive health issues in [developing] countries received just US$88 million in 2013, according to the report by Policy Cures, an Australian non-profit organization that provides analysis and decision-making tools around neglected diseases. In contrast, neglected…

Religious Ideology Should Not Restrict Women’s Access To Modern Contraceptives

Project Syndicate: Population and the Pope Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne “…Providing [women worldwide] with access to contraception would help them plan their lives as they wish, weaken demand for abortion, reduce maternal deaths, give children a better start…

U.S. House Bill Would Establish National Strategy To Address FGM

The Hill: Bill calls for strategy against female genital mutilation “Two House Democrats have introduced a measure directing the federal government to craft a national strategy to protect girls from female genital mutilation. The bill offered by Democratic Reps. Joe Crowley (N.Y.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) addresses the issue…

Increasing Number Of Tanzanian Girls Flee From Illegal Mass FGM Rituals

Reuters: Hundreds of Tanzanian girls run away from home to avoid FGM “In a remote, deeply traditional corner of northern Tanzania, growing numbers of girls are running away from home to escape genital mutilation carried out during mass initiations. In the Tarime district of Mara region, bordering Kenya, the number…

Despite Being Illegal, FGM Continues In Egypt Because Of Social Pressures

The Guardian: In Egypt, social pressure means FGM is still the norm “…FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008. … [But] in 2008, UNICEF estimated that 91 percent of married Egyptian women aged between 15 and 49 had been mutilated — 72 percent of them by doctors. In fact,…