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Working To Ensure Access To Family Planning For East African Youth

“Across East Africa, the majority of young adolescents are living without choice. With little or no access to modern contraceptives and family planning education, they lack the ability to choose when to become pregnant and even how many children to have,” Shane O’Halloran, international team manager for communications for Deutsche…

Blogs Discuss International Youth Day

The theme of International Youth Day, recognized on August 12, was “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” The following blog posts discuss youth and sustainable development issues. Cate Lane, USAID’s IMPACTblog: “Migration displaces and separates youth from their homes and the protective structure and guidance of families and communities,” Lane, youth…

Cash Transfer Behavior Change Programs Used In Developing Countries Could Work In U.S.

In an opinion piece for The Atlantic, international development worker Antara Ganguli examines how programs used in Malawi and other countries to encourage positive sexual behavior change among teenagers might be used in Mississippi, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate among U.S. states. “The typical American antidote for reducing…

China To Make Research-Based Changes To Family Planning Policy, Spokesperson Says

“China will gradually improve the country’s population policy in accordance with its actual conditions, a spokesman for the country’s family planning authority said Friday” during a regular press conference, Xinhua reports. Deng Haihua, spokesperson for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said the commission will release any adjustments to…

‘Innovation’ Will Help Alleviate Poverty

“One of the things I’ve learned working in global health and development for the past 25 years is that innovation comes in many forms,” Christopher Elias, president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog as part of its “Reinvent A…

PATH Working With Private Sector To Develop Public Health Innovations

The Atlantic speaks with Anurag Mairal, director of technology solutions at PATH Health Technologies, about PATH’s “wor[k] with the commercial sector to scale, distribute, and market its innovations.” Mairal’s “approach includes disruptive innovation (disrupt the global health system by changing the cost equation, moving away from a grants-based approach to…

Lack Of Family Planning, Barriers To Reproductive Rights Hindering Development Progress

“Lack of family planning, along with other barriers to sexual and reproductive rights and health, remain obstacles to progress on several key development indicators,” Mushtaque Chowdhury, vice chair and adviser to the founder and chair of BRAC, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. He highlights Bangladesh as…

China Continues To Deliberate Changes To One-Child Policy

“China is still deliberating whether to further relax the country’s one-child policy by allowing a couple in which only one party is an only child to have two children, a spokesman for the country’s health and family planning authority said Friday,” Xinhua reports (8/2). “Beijing is under pressure to ease…