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Women’s Rights Activists Applaud Outcome Of U.N. Commission On Women

Huffington Post: United Nations Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Promote Gender Equality Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender…

Burkina Faso Should Rethink, Improve Family Planning Services, Study Says

IRIN: Staunching Burkina’s abortions “One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were…

UNHCR Releases Videos Detailing Women’s Stories Of FGM

Huffington Post: U.N. Videos Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Female Genital Mutilation Victims “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue raising awareness on the widespread assault on human rights…” (Couch, 3/24).

WHO Confirms First Polio Case In Iraq In 14 Years

News outlets report on a case of polio detected in Iraq, the country’s first in 14 years. IRIN: Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years “Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in…

Family Planning Is ‘Key To Other Global Health Goals’

TIME: Bill Frist: Contraception Is A Pro-Life Cause In Developing World Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands “…With an increased focus on maternal, newborn, and child health over the past few years, the global community has seen real…

1M Children Worldwide Contract TB Annually, According To Study

News outlets report on a new study that says one million children worldwide become infected with tuberculosis (TB) annually and 32,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of TB. Agence France-Presse: A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study “About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with…

Smartphone Apps Help Educate Pregnant Women, Mothers In India

Christian Science Monitor: Tackling Indian maternal deaths by smartphone “Subhi Quraishi believes that the solution to the high maternal mortality rates that have dogged women in rural India starts with a mobile phone. Standing in his bustling New Delhi offices, Mr. Quraishi shows off the mobile ‘lifeline channel’ that his…

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…

Falling Fertility Rates In Developing Countries Is Worrisome

Wall Street Journal: Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries “Slumping fertility rates aren’t just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. … Thailand’s fertility rate has fallen to an average of just 1.6 children per woman, from seven in the 1970s, disrupting centuries of tradition in which children…

Ending Child Marriage Sees Concerted International Push

Center for American Progress: Too Young: Helping Child Brides in the Developing World “…The human implications of these almost medieval marriage practices around the globe are appalling. Such early marriage casts young girls into enormous peril, leaving them far more at risk of violence and abuse and often ending their hopes…