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‘Safe, Economical, And Effective’ Emergency Contraceptives Can Benefit Pakistanis

Huffington Post: Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The misunderstood savior for Pakistan? Farahnaz Zahidi, writer, editor, media trainer, and communications expert “…[The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)] is a safe, economical, and effective method of contraception. It has very few side-effects and can be used more than once with the consultation of a…

International Partners Must Accelerate Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Newborn, Child Deaths

Bangkok Post: Upholding the rights of newborns Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO Southeast Asia “…WHO has been prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in the Southeast Asia Region. … Accelerating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health would require governments to ensure sufficient, sustainable, and…

IntraHealth International Project Trains HCWs To Screen For Cervical Cancer Among Kenyan Women

IntraHealth International’s “Vitals”: Cervical Cancer Screening Uncovers a Great Need in Kenya Peter Abwao, a communications and knowledge management officer for the FUNZOKenya Project at IntraHealth International in Kenya, discusses the project’s efforts to “train health workers to screen for cervical cancer among women of reproductive age, particularly those who…

Near Universal Breastfeeding Could Prevent 800K Child Deaths Annually, Lancet Series Says

The Guardian: Breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 child deaths, Lancet says “If almost every mother breastfed her children it could prevent more than 800,000 child deaths a year, yet governments are failing to promote and support breastfeeding, with rates remaining far below international targets, new research has found. Poor government policies,…

Engaging Youth In Health Care Decision Making Can Improve Program Access, Rights

Devex: Future reproductive freedom starts by giving youth a seat at the table Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of PAI, and Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver “…Research shows that when you include young people in decision-making and invest in his or her health, rights, and wellbeing, everybody wins. And…

Support Of Global Health Institutions; Empowerment Of Women, Girls; Investment In Innovation Crucial To Eradicating Extreme Poverty

Project Syndicate: Promises to Keep in 2016 Bill Gates, founder and technology adviser of the Microsoft Corporation, and Melinda Gates, both co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[W]hile progress [on ending extreme poverty] is possible, it is not inevitable. Success will require political will, global cooperation, and human…

Birx Reiterates U.S. Government Efforts To Focus HIV/AIDS Spending On High-Burden Areas In NIH Lecture

NIH Fogarty International Center’s “Global Health Matters”: Global coordinator pushes for stronger, more focused anti-HIV efforts Cathy Kristiansen, editor and writer with the NIH Fogarty International Center, summarizes comments made by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx “during an NIH lecture honoring Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun, who founded the one-room…