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Global Leaders Discuss Progress, Announce New Commitments At Women Deliver Conference

“On the second day of Women Deliver 2013, the largest conference on girls and women of the decade, global leaders announced progress and new commitments toward expanding contraceptive access for women in developing countries,” a Global Health Strategies press release/AllAfrica.com reports. “The day’s events built on commitments and energy generated…

Women Deliver Conference Wraps Up With Call For Continued Investments In Girls, Women

“Women Deliver 2013 concluded [Thursday] with a call for continued investments in girls and women,” a Global Health Strategies press release/AllAfrica.com reports. “The final day of Women Deliver 2013 focused on the critical need to prioritize girls and women in the lead-up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline…

New Initiative Aims To Address Gap In Access To Injectable Contraceptives In Africa, South Asia

“For many women, injectable contraceptives have tremendous advantages: one shot of the popular Depo-Provera protects for three months. It is safe and effective, with almost no risk of unintended pregnancy,” Sara Tifft, a senior program officer for reproductive health at PATH, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” “Depo-Provera is very popular in…

Philippines Senator Discusses Reproductive Health Bill

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, John Murphy, a communications officer and senior writer at the foundation, interviews Philippines Senator Pia Cayetano, a primary sponsor of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, also known as the RH Bill. Cayetano discusses…

Examining U.S. Spending On Family Planning, Reproductive Health

“Funding by the United States for family planning has a giant positive impact,” PSI’s “Impact” blog writes, adding, “With the White House releasing its budget request for fiscal year 2014 and the budget debates heating up, now seems like a good time to look at what investments in reproductive health enables.” The…

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…

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,…

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…