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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…

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…

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…

High-Level Meeting Participants In Africa Call For New Commitments On HIV, Reproductive Health Efforts

“At a recent meeting in Botswana, a high-level group of education and sexual reproductive health experts from Eastern and Southern Africa highlighted the need for good quality, gender-sensitive sexuality education that prepares adolescents for puberty and relationships and prevents unintended pregnancy and HIV,” according to a UNAIDS update. “The participants also called…

Cervical Cancer Prevention, Treatment Needed In Low-, Middle-Income Countries, Researchers Say

“Cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment are neglected in low- and middle-income countries,” though there have been “substantial reductions in death rates and increased access to reproductive health care in those nations in recent years,” according to an essay published on Tuesday in PLOS Medicine, HealthDay reports. The researchers from…

IPS Interviews Director Of IPPF Western Hemisphere Ahead Of LAC Population Conference

Inter Press Service correspondent Diana Cariboni interviews Carmen Barroso, director for the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, ahead of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, taking place Aug. 12-15 in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. “Latin America has long been in the vanguard…

IPS Interviews Cuba’s National Center For Sex Education Director At LAC Population Conference

Inter Press Service correspondent Raúl Pierri interviews Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) and a member of the high-level task force for the International Conference on Population and Development, during the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, taking place…

Guardian Examines China’s Family Planning Policy

China’s “one-child policy, which actually allows a third of couples to have another baby, was supposed to be a transitional measure, but more than 30 years later it endures, despite warnings of its punitive effects on China’s development and families,” The Guardian reports. “Repeated attempts to overturn the policy have…

Devex Examines Gates Foundation’s First Health Project In LAC Region

Devex reports on “the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s first big health project in Latin America with the Inter-American Development Bank and partners that include the Carlos Slim Foundation, which itself is making its first foray into large-scale public-private partnerships with Mesoamerica.” In a video interview, Devex talks to Gary…

Montevideo Conference Attendees Urge Regional Governments To Modify Abortion Laws

“Representatives of 38 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean meeting this week in the Uruguayan capital urged governments in the region to consider modifying their laws on abortion, which are among the most restrictive in the world,” Inter Press Service reports. “The Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development calls…