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Xinhua Highlights Several Reports Examining Maternal Health Promotion In Asia

Xinhua: News Analysis: Developing Asia still grapples with high maternal mortality rate “Ensuring women’s access to family planning education and services will slash high maternal mortality incidence and sustain the gains achieved in promoting maternal health in developing Asia, health experts said…” (Sarmiento, 1/31).

Increased Family Planning Will Lead To Economic Development

Huffington Post: The Unsung Heroine of Economic Development Suzanne Ehlers, president of Population Action International “…[T]he Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released their annual letter, all about the myths that block progress for the poor. Economic development is a complicated puzzle, and there are no easy solutions. But as the…

February Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The February issue of the WHO Bulletin features a commentary about the importance of strong local health systems, an article about solar energy’s potential impact on health in Africa, and a research article on the global research agenda for family planning, among other articles (February 2014).

Faith-Based Organizations ‘Vital’ To Ensuring Access To Family Planning

Huffington Post: Family Planning and Serving Families in Kibera Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University “…Faith-linked providers are vital to the global challenge of ensuring access to family planning. The many providers tend to be driven by concern for…

High Maternal Mortality Rate Plagues Zimbabwe

Al Jazeera: Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality crisis “…Each year in Zimbabwe, an estimated 3,000 women die during child birth and at least 1.23 percent of GDP is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to the United Nations. The situation is especially bad for poor women in rural Zimbabwe, who continue…

Contraception Access For Adolescent Girls Is Critical To Achieve MDG5

The Guardian: Progress review: contraception use among adolescent girls Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, adolescent health and development coordinator at the WHO, and Karlien Braet, WHO intern “Empowering adolescent girls to access and use contraception is a global public health priority. High unmet need for contraception translates into high numbers of unintended pregnancies,…

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…

FGM Slowly Declining In Somaliland

Agence France-Presse: Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland “It is a ritual supposed to keep women ‘pure,’ but an increased understanding of the severe health risks of extreme forms of female genital mutilation appears to be slowly rolling back its prevalence in Somalia’s northwest…” (Vesperini, 2/20).

Nepal Should Recognize Uterine Prolapse As Human Rights Issue, Amnesty Says

Reuters: Nepal must toughen fight on women’s ‘fallen womb’ crisis — Amnesty “…Uterine prolapse — a medical condition in which the uterus is displaced from its normal position into the vagina — affects women worldwide but is more common in Nepal, where one in 10 is affected, rights group Amnesty…

Ethiopian Government Working To Spread Benefits Of Family Planning

“…The Ethiopian Government’s leadership on family planning has been impressive, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Ethiopia is a culturally, religiously, and geographically diverse country. This diversity contributes to the complexity of expanding access to family planning and further complicates many of the challenges…,” Alisha…