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Women Are Not ‘Commodities,’ Deserve Equal Rights, U.N. Official Says

The Guardian: Women must be treated as human beings, not commodities, says U.N. “Women and girls are not commodities and must be treated as human beings with equal rights to men, politicians from across the world who are gathered at a conference in Stockholm heard on Wednesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, the…

Humanosphere Discusses Gates Foundation’s Focus On Science, Delivery of Global Health

Writing in Humanosphere, Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist of the blog, discusses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s focus on developing new products to fight diseases. Paulson writes, “The world’s biggest philanthropy has reorganized to devote its global health program, run by former Novartis executive Trevor Mundel, almost entirely…

Examining Global Need For Trained Midwives To Meet Infant Mortality MDG

Highlighting discussions from the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, Rene Kiamba, manager of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies corporate contributions community support programs and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “In order to meet the…

Senior Officials From 17 Countries Gather At Sabin Vaccine Institute Meeting To Discuss National Programs

“The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program [on Monday] assembled senior officials from 17 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs,” a press release from the institute reports. “During the two-day colloquium, delegates [participated] in an open exchange of strategies and…

Montevideo Conference To Examine Gender-Related Issues In LAC

“When the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) hosts a regional review conference in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo [this] week, it will take stock of the successes and failures of a wide range of gender-related issues, including reproductive health, sexual violence, women’s rights, maternal mortality, and the spread of HIV/AIDS –…

High-Level Meeting Participants In Africa Call For New Commitments On HIV, Reproductive Health Efforts

“At a recent meeting in Botswana, a high-level group of education and sexual reproductive health experts from Eastern and Southern Africa highlighted the need for good quality, gender-sensitive sexuality education that prepares adolescents for puberty and relationships and prevents unintended pregnancy and HIV,” according to a UNAIDS update. “The participants also called…

IPS Interviews Director Of IPPF Western Hemisphere Ahead Of LAC Population Conference

Inter Press Service correspondent Diana Cariboni interviews Carmen Barroso, director for the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, ahead of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, taking place Aug. 12-15 in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. “Latin America has long been in the vanguard…

Positive Impact Of China-Africa Health Cooperation Discussed At Forum

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong on Friday met with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, Xinhua reports (8/16). Speaking at the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development, “Sidibé emphasized the enormous positive impact of stronger China-Africa cooperation for health,” UNAIDS notes in an article on its webpage (8/16). “‘China and Africa…

Montevideo Conference Attendees Urge Regional Governments To Modify Abortion Laws

“Representatives of 38 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean meeting this week in the Uruguayan capital urged governments in the region to consider modifying their laws on abortion, which are among the most restrictive in the world,” Inter Press Service reports. “The Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development calls…

Blog Posts Address First-Ever Ministerial Forum On China-Africa Health Development

The following is a summary of blog posts examining the first-ever Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development, held in China earlier this month, and the resulting Beijing Declaration. Victoria Fan, Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog: “At this meeting China’s president Xi Jinping heralded a ‘new era’…