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U.S. Foundation Supports Obstetric Fistula Treatment In Africa, South Asia

VOA News: U.S. Foundation Supports Fistula Treatment in Africa “For hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, obstructed childbirth leads to a life of pain and, in many cases, public shame and isolation. … For the half-million women now suffering obstetric fistula, surgery…

Surgery Helps Children Born With Cleft Lip In Africa

Agence France-Presse: Branded as witches, cleft lip children now see hope in Africa “Accused of witchcraft or sorcery, children with cleft lips or palates are often driven into hiding in several African countries, forced to live as outcasts unless they receive an early operation. … In the West, children with…

U.N. Releases Guidelines On Puberty Education In Developing Countries

News outlets report on the U.N. release of guidelines promoting puberty education. TIME: U.N. Sets Guidelines for How Developing Countries Should Teach Puberty “… [F]or the first time, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) — in partnership with sanitary product maker Procter & Gamble — is releasing a…

Blog Highlights The Power Of Networks In Advancing Health Issues

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson, director of the Gates Foundation’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health team, and Ruth Landy, principal, Strategic Communication for Social Impact, write about the power of social and media networks to advance breastfeeding, noting “the breastfeeding community has yet to coalesce…

Use Of Antiseptic Gel In Rural Nepal Can Reduce Risk Of Death Among Newborns

PRI’s “The World”: An ointment could save up to half a million newborns a year­ – and it costs 20 cents “Many babies [in rural Nepal] are born in unhygienic conditions, outside the hospital. This makes them susceptible to dangerous infections. ‘About 20,000 newborns die every year in Nepal,’ says…

Family Planning Program In Senegal Encounters Resistance With Religious Leaders

Washington Post: Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders In Senegal, “a government program to increase contraceptive use and reduce family sizes … is part of a global campaign that aims to give 120 million more women around the world access to contraception by 2020. For…

Founder Of Maternal Health NGO In Africa Discusses Women’s Empowerment

Huffington Post: A Life-Saving Tip, From One Mother to Another Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “… WBFA (The Wellbeing Foundation Africa) works through building advocacy/awareness, charitable funding, and community mobilization to empower mothers and families and provide them with the tools and life-skills they need to make…

Closing Gender Gap Can ‘Bolster Food Security’ In Africa

The Guardian: Mind the gap: closing gender divide in African agriculture could reduce hunger “Investing in childcare and adult education, and giving women farmers the same access as men to fertilizer and training, could significantly increase food production and improve their lives and that of their families, according to a…

Malawi President Joyce Banda Leads Campaign Against Sexual Violence

New York Times: Can One of Africa’s Most Powerful Women Stop Sexual Violence? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “What hope is there for girls in Africa if, in the country led by one of the most powerful women on the continent, rape is repeated with ‘terrifying regularity’? That’s how UNICEF has…

UNFPA Calls For Urgent Support Of Pregnant Women In Syria

United Nations Population Fund: An Estimated 200,000 Pregnant Women in Syria in Need of Urgent Care, Warns UNFPA “As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is calling for urgent support to protect the lives of the country’s estimated 200,000 pregnant women, including…