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UNFPA Official Promotes Development Focus On Adolescent Girls In Interview

Inter Press Service: Q&A: The Face of the Future is an Adolescent Girl “‘The future is today aged 10 and it’s an adolescent girl,’ Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said in an interview with IPS in Johannesburg. Gilmore discussed the impact on African…

UNICEF Educates Somaliland Communities About Harms Of FGM

Associated Press: Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut “…UNICEF is weaving a delicate campaign to educate communities in Somaliland about the harms of female genital mutilation and to get leaders, who are meeting there this month to debate the practice, to denounce it. Child rights advocates in nearly…

CSIS Delegation Travels To Ethiopia To Examine Family Planning Policies

“The Government of Ethiopia has recognized the importance of family planning for women’s health and empowerment and for achieving broader health and development goals for the country. Political commitment is high and significant progress has been made, but Ethiopia faces complex challenges in reaching their ambitious goal to expand contraceptive…

Pakistani Village Offers Girls Sex Education Classes

Reuters: Pakistani village gives girls pioneering sex education class “…Sex education is common in Western schools but these ground-breaking lessons are taking place in deeply conservative rural Pakistan, a Muslim nation of 180 million people. Publicly talking about sex in Pakistan is taboo and can even be a death sentence.…

Blog Post Explores Caesarean Section Delivery Rates Worldwide

Writing in the Health Affairs Blog, Christine Spencer, an associate professor and executive director of the School of Health and Human Services at the College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore, explores global caesarean section delivery rates. “…World experience with caesarean deliveries provides an opportunity for cross-national learning in the…

PRI’s ‘The World’ Launches Multimedia Series On Pregnancy, Childbirth Worldwide

PRI’s “The World” has launched a multimedia series, titled “The Ninth Month,” that explores pregnancy and childbirth across cultures and continents. PRI’s “The World”: In Nepal, the manual labor doesn’t stop for expectant mothers “…It is common here for women to do backbreaking work in the fields, but Januka is…

New Issue Of ‘Global Health: Science And Practice’ Journal Available Online

The February 2014 issue of the “Global Health: Science and Practice” journal is now available online. The issue includes an article on cell phone use by community health workers, an article on IUD use in Africa, a commentary on WHO programming for postpartum family planning, and other pieces (February 2014).

Nepal Should Recognize Uterine Prolapse As Human Rights Issue, Amnesty Says

Reuters: Nepal must toughen fight on women’s ‘fallen womb’ crisis — Amnesty “…Uterine prolapse — a medical condition in which the uterus is displaced from its normal position into the vagina — affects women worldwide but is more common in Nepal, where one in 10 is affected, rights group Amnesty…

FGM Slowly Declining In Somaliland

Agence France-Presse: Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland “It is a ritual supposed to keep women ‘pure,’ but an increased understanding of the severe health risks of extreme forms of female genital mutilation appears to be slowly rolling back its prevalence in Somalia’s northwest…” (Vesperini, 2/20).

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…