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17 Indian Women From Small Islamic Sect Begin Petition To End FGM

NPR: Petition Against Female Genital Mutilation Provokes An Angry Backlash “…[L]ast winter, 17 Indian women from a tiny sect of Islam blew the lid off a guarded secret … They authored a petition asking the government of India to outlaw female circumcision. Until the petition went public in December, many…

Voluntary Family Planning Investments Key To Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

The Guardian: Family planning is a key development goal that needs greater investment John Bongaarts, vice president of the Population Council “Family planning is much more than a vital health and human rights intervention … Investments in voluntary family planning are also investments in sustainable development, and therefore should be…

Wilson Center Event Discusses Outcomes Of Women Deliver Conference

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: After Women Deliver, What’s Next for Women and Girls? Aimee Jakeman, an intern for the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, writes about a July 18 event at the Wilson Center “to discuss the takeaways for the health, rights, and…

Health Extension Workers Improve Care Access For Ethiopia’s Rural Communities

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash contains an article and video on Ethiopian health extension workers who provide services to those in rural communities. The article notes, “Great systems for health are pivotal in improving…

U.N. Human Rights Experts Call On Dominican Republic Leaders To Protect Women’s Reproductive Health, Rights

U.N. News Centre: U.N. experts urge Dominican Republic to protect women’s rights to reproductive health “Expressing serious concern over the proposed penal code amendment that would criminalize abortions, United Nations human rights experts [Wednesday] urged the Dominican Republic’s president and legislators to protect women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health…

Focus On Health Of Poorest Women, Children ‘Key To Global Stability’

The Hill: Better health for poor women and children will strengthen global security Gary L. Gottlieb, CEO of Partners In Health “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently released its third annual Acting on the Call report. It details the progress that is being made to improve maternal and…

Cancer Patients In Uganda Face Late Diagnoses, Lack Of Treatment, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Uganda Ill-Equipped for Growing Cancer Burden “…While the East African country had huge success in the battle against the HIV virus in the 1990s, cervical and other cancers are the new health crises gripping the developing nation. One in 500 Ugandans suffers from cancer. But only five…

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