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Education, Training Key To Improving Health Care

“When I visit [communities] on behalf of Every Mother Counts (EMC), the campaign I founded to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth around the world, I am reminded that what’s often most needed is education and access to others who are educated,” Christy Turlington Burns writes in the…

Opinion Pieces Address Terminology Surrounding FGM

The following is a summary of opinion pieces examining the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the terminology used to discuss it. Hilary Burrage, Huffington Post U.K.’s “Impact” blog: “Wednesday, August 28 is the day when a small group of women, me included, launch our Feminist Statement On Female…

PRI Interview Examines Family Planning in Africa

In this edition of The Takeaway — a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International (PRI), in collaboration with New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston — correspondent John Hockenberry interviews Anders Kelto, Africa correspondent for PRI’s “The World,” about “the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to…

USAID, PEPFAR Brief Addresses Hormonal Contraception Use, HIV Risk

“While evidence of a tie between some injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV acquisition remains incomplete, that potential risk must be balanced against the life-saving benefits of preventing unintended pregnancy, a brief [.pdf] from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health says,” the Center for Global Health…

Recognizing Global Female Condom Day

Recognizing September 16 as Global Female Condom Day, Beth Skorochod, senior technical adviser at Population Services International (PSI), writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “Female condoms are the only woman-initiated method available that offers dual protection from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.” She discusses the experience of one…

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…

USAID, UNFPA To Strengthen Collaboration On Reproductive Health

USAID and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) “announced [Thursday] new efforts to strengthen their collaboration to advance reproductive health, including voluntary family planning, worldwide,” a UNFPA press release reports. “[T]he two agencies will build on their work and expertise, accumulated over 40 years, to ensure women who want contraceptives can…

PRI Series Examines Fertility, Infertility In Africa

PRI’s “The World” features a three-part series examining fertility and infertility in Africa, which “has the highest fertility rate in the world, yet some nations also face extremely high rates of infertility,” according to the series summary. The series looks at how “African governments, charities, and health workers [are] giving…

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