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IRIN Examines Access To Reproductive Health Care In Uganda

“Boosting women’s access to reproductive health care could significantly reduce both the number of unsafe abortions and the high cost of post-abortion medical care in Uganda, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Although there are few studies on the subject, experts estimate that some 297,000 abortions are performed annually, with 85,000 women treated for…

IPS Examines Health Implications Of Child Marriage In Afghanistan

Inter Press Service examines the relationship between child marriage and the health of women and girls in Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan, the maternal mortality rate is on the rise; hospitals are filling up with anemic women and girls; and in over 200 districts, high schools are devoid of even a single female…

Access To Contraception a ‘Core Human Right’ For Women Everywhere

“The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth,…

Blog Posts Examine Different Contraceptive Methods

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an ongoing series titled “What’s Your Method?” that provides posts about many of the contraceptive options for women and girls worldwide and how different organizations are working to ensure these methods become accessible options for women who want and need…

Gates Foundation Blog Series Examines Contraception Options For Women, Girls

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, head of the family health division at the foundation, and Monica Kerrigan, a family planning expert, introduce the blog’s new series, “What’s Your Method?,” which “offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and…

Roots Of FGM Lie In Tribal Culture, Not Religion

“Female genital mutilation has long survived, hidden under the cloak of religious, cultural, and tribal practices, but … as we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), it is time for every leader whether political or religious, whether male or female, to unequivocally stand in…

Panel At State Department Discusses Global Efforts Against Practice Of FGM/C

“On February 6, 2013, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, I had the privilege of leading a panel discussion at the State Department to help bring global attention to a harmful traditional practice that risks the lives, dignity, and…

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