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All Nations Should Invest In More Midwives, Skilled Birth Attendants To Reduce Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: More Midwives Needed to Reduce Maternal Deaths Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “…All countries that have achieved dramatic improvements in maternal health share one thing in common: they have greatly improved the provision of professionally trained midwives and skilled birth attendants. ……

New Analysis Examines Relationship Between SDGs, Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights

Guttmacher Institute: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are Key Part of New Global Development Goals Joerg Dreweke, senior policy communications associate at the Guttmacher Institute, discusses a new analysis published in the Guttmacher Policy Review, which “lays out the historical context and significance of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)]…

Investment In African Family Planning Programs Can Help Achieve Development Goals

Humanosphere: OpEd: Africa’s challenging demographic future In a guest post, John Bongaarts, a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Population Council, discusses new estimates for population growth through 2100, with most of the upward trend “largely confined to one area of the world — sub-Saharan Africa.” He argues success…

Matching Local Needs For Contraceptives, Training Health Workers Can Broaden Reach Of Family Planning, Research Shows

SciDev.Net: Fit contraception to local needs, health workers urged “…Research presented at the [Wilson Center event last week], which was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), showed that training health workers to advise on family planning and offering contraception that matches local needs broadens the reach…

Ebola Virus Can Persist In Semen Of Male Survivors For Up To 9 Months, Studies Show

News outlets discuss two reports published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that examine the persistence of Ebola virus in bodily fluids of survivors. One study describes a case of sexually transmitted Ebola in Liberia and another study shows Ebola can be present in male survivors’ semen up…