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New Resource Aims To Improve Women’s Access To Family Planning After Childbirth

“A new resource for health program managers and policy makers released [at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday] aims to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth and during the first 12 months of motherhood,” the WHO reports in a joint press release…

Blogs Address Family Planning As International Conference Continues In Ethiopia

The following is a summary of three blog posts addressing family planning as the International Conference on Family Planning continues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. Janet Fleischman and Alisha Kramer, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) blog: “Secretary of State John Kerry’s video message to the conference offers…

Blog Posts Address Family Planning As International Conference On Family Continues

The following is a summary of two blog posts addressing family planning as the International Conference on Family Planning continues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. Kelsey Holt, Maternal Health Task Force blog: “The speeches given during the opening session of the conference Tuesday on sustained political commitment emphasized family…

Examining Need For Investment In Global Health Workforce

Noting the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health took place this week in Recife, Brazil, “where countries and organizations presented their commitments to strengthening the health workforce,” Sarah Dwyer, communications manager at IntraHealth International, examines in the organization’s blog the need to invest in the global health workforce.…

Opinion Pieces Address Challenges, Progress In Fight Against Pneumonia

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing pneumonia.World Pneumonia Day was observed on Tuesday. Kolleen Bouchane, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “[F]or all the beautiful things a child’s lungs can do, they also provide a breeding ground for many of the deadliest diseases affecting children: tuberculosis (TB), asthma,…

Addressing Health, Climate Changes Together Has Mutual Benefits, Experts Say

“Attacking health and climate change problems together makes sense, experts said Saturday at a climate and health summit on the sidelines of the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “But changing behavior that causes global warming can be just as difficult as changing behavior that leads to…

Examining Key Lessons From 3rd Global Forum On Human Resources For Health

Noting “USAID staff from Washington and the field gathered in Recife, Brazil, this week for the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH), joining over 2,000 HRH policymakers, experts, advocates and frontline health workers from 57 countries,” Diana Frymus, health systems strengthening adviser for USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS;…

UNAIDS Report Highlights Progress, Challenges In Asia-Pacific AIDS Response

“A new U.N. report [.pdf] warns the HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a pivotal juncture with little progress in reducing new infections,” VOA News reports, adding, “AIDS researchers and activists are calling for more political will by governments to address related issues” (Corben, 11/19). “Significant legal…

As International Family Planning Conference Concludes, Focus On Youth Should Continue

“This year’s International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) saw the largest youth delegation in its history,” Ward Cates, president emeritus with FHI 360, Joy Cunningham, a technical adviser with FHI 360, and Kate Plourde, a technical officer with the organization, write in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “At the conference,…