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Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Public Health Issues In New York Times Interview

The New York Times features a conversation with Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the interview, they discuss the foundation’s family planning advocacy, support for research to find an AIDS vaccine, and efforts to create what Bill Gates refers to as “a toilet…

Conservatives Should Support Family Planning Programs

Saying conservatives historically supported family planning programs but recently have argued against contraception, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece, “But what if I told you that there are a number of really good conservative arguments for supporting and even increasing…

USAID Program Assists Delivery Of Contraceptives To Rural Nigeria

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Emmanuel Ogwuche, senior logistics adviser and manager of the agency’s Direct Delivery and Information Capture (DDIC) system, examines what it takes to deliver contraceptives to people in rural Nigeria through USAID’s Deliver Project. “Through DDIC, the project currently delivers 24 public health commodities, including…

Ensuring Sexual, Reproductive Rights For All Key To Development In Africa

“African government leaders meet this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to chart a forward-looking agenda building on commitments made at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994,” Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique and co-chair of the High Level Task Force for ICPD –…

Chinese Data Show More Than 13M Abortions Performed Annually, TIME Reports

“New data published [last week] by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission indicate that there are more than 13 million abortions conducted in the country every year,” TIME reports. The data “only account for surgical procedures conducted at licensed hospitals and clinics, and don’t take into account medically induced…

More Can Be Accomplished In Reducing Maternal Mortality, Morbidity

Noting much has been achieved in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aimed at improving access to antiretroviral treatment and safe drinking water, and reducing poverty, Joy Phumaphi, chair of the Aspen Institute Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece, “But on women’s…

Rep. Clarke Introduces Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act

“[T]he Obama administration has made up a lot of ground in boosting women’s health globally — both on policy and funding — that was lost during the previous administration. But our current foreign aid falls short of supporting a more comprehensive program for sexual and reproductive health,” Rep. Yvette Clarke…

New Innovations In Contraception Essential For Women’s Health

Noting “222 million women have an unmet need for modern contraceptive methods” and summarizing some of the reasons for this lack of access, Judy Manning, health development officer with USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and Zeda Rosenberg, CEO of the International Partnership for Microbicides, write in the Carnegie…

USAID Committed To Improving Access To Voluntary Family Planning Options

Ellen Starbird, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog” about World Contraception Day, recognized on September 26, which “draws attention to the fact that more than 222 million women in the developing world say they want to delay or avoid pregnancy but…

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be Recognized In Post-2015 Development Framework

“[T]here’s a truth that needs to be spoken as discussions over the next generation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the so-called post-2015 framework — have gotten underway this week,” Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, writes in a CNN opinion piece. “Sexual and reproductive health…

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