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London Summit Galvanized Global Community On Family Planning

“The most visible event last year for the family planning team here at the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation], and for all of our family health team was the London Summit on Family Planning,” Gary Darmstadt, head of the family health division of the foundation; Shannon Harris, a research analyst…

GBCHealth Conference Begins In New York, Addresses Reproductive Health

The annual GBCHealth Conference began in New York on Thursday, and “the conference is specifically addressing the need to work harder to reach the difficult health-related goals concerning reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “[F]or the first…

Direct References To Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Needed In Post-2015 Development Goals, European Parliament Group Hears

“Explicit references to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights must appear in any new set of development targets, and the U.N. panel producing a first draft must be bold and seek real change, a conference of [European] parliamentarians heard on Thursday,” The Guardian reports. “Baroness Glenys Kinnock, honorary co-president…

Media Outlets Examines Gateses’ Role In Global Health

Noting philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates were in Washington, D.C., last weekend at the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, where they “were commended for changing the trajectory of international public health through their foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Science interviews the couple on a…

New York Times Examines Family Planning Policies Under New Egyptian Government

“More than two years after the Egyptian uprising, the country’s new Islamist government … has remained silent about [a] crucial indicator that has surged to a 20-year high: the country’s birthrate,” the New York Times reports in an article examining Egypt’s family planning programs. “The new government of President Mohamed…

To Reach ‘FP2020’ Goal, Targets Must Be Re-Examined

Participants at the 2012 London Family Planning Summit “pledged $2.6 billion dollars in additional funding to achieve a worthy goal: provide 120 million new women who have ‘unmet need’ with family planning products and services by 2020 in 69 of the world’s poorest countries,” a movement dubbed “FP2020,” Christopher Purdy,…

IPS Examines Work Of U.N. High-Level Task Force On Population, Development To Eliminate Stigma Surrounding Reproductive Health

Inter Press Service examines efforts by the U.N. High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) to overcome stigma surrounding sexual and reproductive health in global discussions about population growth and development. “The task force’s work — titled ‘Policy Recommendations for the ICPD Beyond 2014: Sexual…

DKT Ethiopia Using GIS Technology To Improve Family Planning, HIV Prevention Programs

“In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, writes in…

U.K., International Community Should Follow Africa’s Lead On Efforts To Stop FGM

“Last month the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) announced that £35 million [$53.3 million] would be provided to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and elsewhere,” Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of the FGM program for Equality Now, writes in the Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network.” She continues,…

USAID Working To Meet Family Planning Needs Of Women In DRC

“More than 26 percent of married women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) want to avoid pregnancy but aren’t using a modern method of family planning,” Christopher Hook, program assistant for USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog,” adding, “Furthermore, meeting this demand…