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Clinton Tours Health Center In Senegal's Capital On First Stop Of 10-Day Africa Trip

On the first stop of a 10-day tour of Africa, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped at the Phillipe Maguilen Senghor Health Center in Dakar, Senegal, where Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the country’s minister of health, “explained to Secretary Clinton how these operational centers dramatically improve maternal and child health,” according to a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” Coll-Seck “also noted that USAID-supported distribution of insecticide impregnated mosquito nets across the country had drastically reduced the incidence of malaria,” according to the blog, which adds that Clinton “was pleased to hear that the United States is playing a key role in helping meet one of its biggest challenges: decentralizing services so they are available at the village level throughout the country.” In an address several hours later, “Clinton invoked the Senghor center … saying she was highly impressed by the integrated nature of the facility” and that “[i]t was a successful model she hoped could be duplicated throughout Senegal and the entire West African region” (Taylor, 8/1).

London Summit 'Best Opportunity' To Address Lack Of Access To Family Planning

In the first of a series titled “Imagine a world…,” posted on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Paula Franklin, U.K. medical director for Marie Stopes International, writes, “For the most part, only people who really need or want something care much about it being available, and that’s why it can be hard to make people in the developed world tune in to the huge unmet need for contraception globally — 222 million people who want to use contraception can’t get it, at the last count.” She says that the upcoming London Summit on Family Planning is “perhaps the world’s best opportunity to agree together what we’re going to do to rectify the situation,” and she concludes by summarizing some of the upcoming posts in the series by Marie Stopes staff (6/25).

Blog Reflects On London Summit On Family Planning

Noting that a “thin place” is “a place or situation that Celtic Mystics believed to be a coming together of heaven and earth,” Gary Darmstadt, head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Division, and Wendy Prosser, a research analyst with the Family Health Division, write in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “The London Summit on Family Planning was a ‘thin place’ for the global health community and for millions of women around the world who want to plan their families. It was transformational for so many reasons.” They continue, “The Summit brought family planning back into the mainstream of global health conversations, a place it hasn’t been in decades. And it put the focus of that conversation on women and what they want — voluntary access to contraceptives and the ability to plan their families and their futures” (8/29).

Rep. Clarke Introduces ‘Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act Of 2013’

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reviews HR 3206 [.pdf], “the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) on September 27.” The bill was “[r]eferred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that day, just a few days before the government shutdown,…

Family Planning Options Essential For Strong Societies, Economies

“‘Unmet need,’ in the context of family planning, is a rather mundane term that masks an urgent social justice and human rights issue,” Kesetebirhan Admasu, minister of health in Ethiopia, writes in an AllAfrica opinion piece. “Policymakers, public health professionals and donors must provide the necessary leadership, commitment and resources…

Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the…

Controversial Family Planning Advertising Would Spur Discussion, Behavior Change

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, Christopher Purdy, executive vice president of DKT International, discusses the benefits of controversial condom advertising in Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the Philippines, saying such ads have “provided opportunities to bring the conversation about family planning out of the bedroom and into the open.” He…

Media Coverage Of UNFPA State Of World Population Report Continues

News outlets continued their coverage of the UNFPA’s State of World Population 2013 report, which was released on Wednesday and “seeks to offer a new perspective on teenage pregnancy, looking not only at girls’ behavior as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities…

U.S. Must Push For Inclusion Of Reproductive Health In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“It’s a true testament to how far we have come over the last decade that reproductive health and rights are now an essential piece of the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of millions of people around the world,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…