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800 Tanzanian Girls Return Home After 3 Months In Safe Houses To Escape FGM

Agence France-Presse: Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation “…Some 800 school girls fled to shelters run by charities and church organizations, which offer protection during the months FGM is traditionally carried out, from October to December. Some of the shelters are given police protection to ensure the girls remain…

Injectable Contraceptive Increases Risk Of HIV Infection, Study Shows

News outlets report on a meta-analysis published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases showing an increase in risk of HIV infection among women who use the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera. The Guardian: Contraceptive injection raises risk of HIV, research warns “Contraceptive injections moderately increase a woman’s risk of becoming infected with…

Strengthening Health Care Workforce Key to Improving Women’s Health

Huffington Post: A Year in Review: Teaching the Next Generation of Doctors in Tanzania Maureen Ries, obstetrician-gynecologist and deputy chief medical officer at Seed Global Health “…Maternal mortality was not cut to the extent targeted by 2015, but there was significant progress made. Globally, the maternal mortality ratio dropped 45…

Brazil Unveils New Rules To Curb Cesarean Deliveries, Promote Natural Birth

Associated Press: New rules to curb ‘epidemic’ of cesarean births in Brazil “Brazil has unveiled new rules aimed at stemming the South American nation’s ‘epidemic of cesareans’ and promoting natural births among private health care providers. Health Minister Arthur Chioro called Brazil’s obsession with cesareans, which account for more than…

International Family Planning Will Have ‘Interesting Year’

Devex: 7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015 Christopher Purdy, president and CEO of DKT International, and Phil Harvey, founder of DKT International and chair of the DKT Board of Directors “This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and…

Peer-Based Counseling Group Helps Connect HIV-Positive Mothers In South Africa

Wall Street Journal: In South Africa, HIV-Positive Mothers Help Others Fight AIDS “…mothers2mothers, a peer-to-peer, community-based organization [was founded by Dr. Mitchell Besser] in Cape Town in 2001. Funded by government, corporate, foundation, and private sources, the program trains and employs HIV-positive mothers to serve alongside doctors and nurses, advising…

Violence Against Women Should Be Treated As Global ‘Public Health Crisis’

Washington Post: How to cure the pandemic that women face Mary Ellsberg, director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University “When violence is inflicted upon women and girls, we rightly think of it as a crime and a tragedy. But we should also recognize it for what it…

Sex Worker-Led Organizations Need More Development Funding, Report Says

The Guardian: Sex workers missing out on development funds “Organizations led by sex workers that support sex-worker rights need more funding to eliminate violence against women, halt the spread of HIV, and end discrimination on the grounds of gender, according to a report published on Wednesday … by the Open…