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Devex Opinion Pieces Mark 500 Days Until MDG Deadline Expires

Devex published several opinion pieces marking 500 days until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire and discussing achievements thus far as well as remaining challenges. Devex: A very important 500 days Emily Cabon, youth ambassador with the ONE Campaign “…For the new development goals to succeed, all ages need to…

‘Accelerated Investment’ Needed To Reach MDGs 4, 5

Huffington Post: Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director “With just 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we must all intensify our actions to hit our targets, especially the MDG 5 targets to reduce maternal death and achieve universal reproductive…

Experts Warn Contraceptive Access Lacking For HIV-Positive African Women

Inter Press Service: The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa — Contraception “In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa — contraceptives for HIV-positive women…” (Gathigah, 8/14).

Blog Addresses U.S. Government’s Helms Amendment

BMJ Blogs: The BMJ Today: When the worst choice is no choice at all Abi Rimmer, BMJ Careers news reporter, discusses the U.S. government’s Helms Amendment and its impact on funding for abortion (8/14).

Improving Sexual, Reproductive Health In Kenya Will Have Positive Implications

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), discusses the importance of improving access and attitudes around sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya and highlights projects that address…

Helms Amendment Interpretation Is A ‘Violation Of Women’s Human Rights’

The Hill: Helms amendment blocks aid to African women Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of Population Action International (PAI) “…For 40 years, the Helms amendment has been applied as a blanket restriction on the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions. Since its passage, policymakers have gone beyond the letter of…

NGOs Wonder Whether Resources To End FGM, Child Marriage Will Reach Communities In Need

Devex: Gender equality takes center stage — but will resources reach the grassroots? “…[W]ith new data revealing the extent of both longstanding practices [of female genital mutilation and child marriage], representatives from organizations based in the ‘global south’ questioned whether promised resources would actually trickle down to those working directly…

Reproductive Health Needs Of Displaced Populations ‘Must Be Effectively Addressed’

Guttmacher Institute: Forcibly Displaced Populations’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Must Not Be Overlooked In a “News in Context” piece, the Guttmacher Institute writes, “As UNHCR and the world cope with the growing number of forcibly displaced people, permanent and durable solutions must be the long-term focus. But as we…

Some Religious Leaders Express Concern Over Ugandan Sex Education Campaign

IRIN: Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire “A new Ugandan sex education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. … Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Ministry and religious leaders have opposed the campaign on the…