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Family Planning 2020 Reference Group Announced Last Month

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, highlights the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group, announced last month with the aim of ensuring the commitments made at the 2012 London Family Planning Summit are honored. “The partnership, led…

Latin American Nations Taking Steps To Improve Access To Abortion

Noting this month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the issue of abortion, writer and advocate Mandy Van Deven writes in a GlobalPost commentary that the decision “provided a framework for sexual and reproductive rights used by advocates from San Francisco to…

Relaxation Of China’s ‘One-Child Policy’ Possible Despite Family Planning Minister’s Comments, Reuters Reports

“China could be considering relaxing its … one-child policy,” which “is increasingly being seen as an impediment to growth and the harbinger of social problems,” such as a declining workforce, Reuters reports. “Expectations that Beijing will ease the restrictions, by gradually allowing couples to have two children, have been building…

Examining Family Planning In Malawi Under President Banda

Author and strategist Courtney Martin writes in a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about her experience during a trip to Malawi with the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, led by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, to visit “President Joyce Banda…

China To Maintain Current Family Planning Policy, Minister Says

“China will stick with its current family planning policy to maintain the country’s low birthrate but will make an effort to fine-tune it, … Wang Xia, minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, [said] at a national conference in Beijing on Monday amid widespread speculation that the one-child…

CSIS Talks With Malawi President Banda About Women’s Health, Empowerment

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) “wanted to learn more about how women leaders in Africa are bringing new attention to women’s health and empowerment in their own countries, and to bring those voices into the discussion about U.S. policy priorities for women’s global health,” so a small…

Kaiser Family Foundation Publishes Report On Donor Funding For Health In Low- & Middle-Income Countries

The Kaiser Family Foundation on Wednesday published a new report (.pdf), titled “Donor Funding for Health in Low- & Middle-Income Countries, 2002-2010,” that “tracks the most recently available data on funding from donor governments, including the United States, and from multilateral institutions for health in low- and middle-income countries,” according to the report summary.…

International Family Planning Focus In 2013

“In many ways, 2012 was a banner year for international family planning and reproductive health,” Philip Harvey, president and co-founder of DKT International, and Christopher Purdy, executive vice president of DKT International, write in a post in RH Reality Check, highlighting the London Family Planning Summit and noting contraception “even became an issue in the U.S. presidential election.” Looking forward to 2013, they write that the focus will remain on commitments from the London Family Planning Summit, the role of the private sector in the delivery of products and services, new contraceptive technologies, access to medical abortion, and family planning aid to middle-income countries (1/3).