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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…

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…

IRIN Examines How Mining Industry In Mozambique Increasing Fears Of HIV

IRIN examines how “[e]very mining boom brings the fear of a rising HIV infection rate, particularly in a country like Mozambique, where the estimated prevalence is already 11.3 percent.” The news service looks at how the promise of a large coal mining operation in the Tete province of Mozambique could affect…

Public Health Leaders File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Case Challenging ‘Anti-Prostitution Pledge’

“The case of the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by [PEPFAR] create policies ‘explicitly’ condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A brief filed Wednesday in the…

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