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Ugandan Maternal Mortality Case Adjourns, Prompts Disappointment From Human Rights Activists

Agence France-Presse: Landmark maternal mortality case adjourns in Uganda “A court case spotlighting Uganda’s high mortality crisis — with an estimated 16 women dying in childbirth daily — adjourned Thursday, prompting disappointment from human rights activists. … After a brief hearing on Thursday, the matter was adjourned to a later…

Afghan Hospital Treats Obstetric Fistula

Inter Press Service: Afghan ‘Torn’ Women Get Another Chance “…Alongside the health center in Badakhshan — 290 km northeast of Kabul — Malalai Maternity Hospital is the only health center in Afghanistan with a section devoted to coping with a disease [obstetric fistula] that is seemingly endemic to the most…

World Far From Reaching Global Norm On Sex Education

Washington Post: Sex education is a global dividing line between liberals and conservatives Jonathan Zimmerman, professor at New York University “…[The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994] endorsed equal access to education for girls. It also demanded ‘reproductive rights’ — including rights to contraception and…

Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index Compares State Of Youth In 30 Countries

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Health in the Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index Nicole Goldin, a senior associate with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and former director of the Global Youth Wellbeing Index project in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), discusses…

Non-Clinical Circumcisions Pose Risks For Boys, Young Men In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Guardian: The death and deformity caused by male circumcision in Africa can’t be ignored Ally Fogg, writer and journalist “…Every year across sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of thousands of boys and young men submit to initiation ceremonies [that include non-clinical circumcision]. … The human devastation left in the wake of…

Pope Francis Must Address Women’s Reproductive Well-Being

The Guardian: Pope Francis has done little to improve women’s lives Tina Beattie, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Roehampton in London “Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants a poor church of the poor. … He has also acknowledged the need to give women a greater say…

Drugs To Prevent Premature Labor Deaths Underused, Lancet Study Says

New York Times: Premature Labor Drugs Underused, Study Says “Each year, roughly one million children worldwide die after being born prematurely, yet two strategies that are effective in preventing these deaths are largely underused, researchers have found. … [T]he largest study to examine use of these drugs worldwide, which included…

Advocacy, Grassroots Organizations Educate, Empower Adolescents In Bangladesh

Inter Press Service: Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity “…Called ‘Kishori Abhijan,’ meaning ‘Empowering Adolescents,’ the project is a brainchild of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and educates young people on a range of issues, from gender roles, sex discrimination, and early marriage, to reproductive health, personal hygiene, and preventing…

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea In Australia Raises Concerns Over Disease’s Spread

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: ‘Sex superbug’ fears over powerful new drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea “Concerns are mounting over a powerful new form of gonorrhea after a patient was found to have the highest level of drug resistance to the disease ever reported in Australia. … The discovery of the case…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…