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Integrating MNCH Efforts Important For Post-2015 Agenda

Maternal Health Task Force’s “MHTF Blog”: Maintaining the focus on maternal, newborn and child health with innovation and the SDGs Ana Langer, director of the Maternal Health Task Force, discusses barriers and challenges to the successful integration of maternal, newborn, and child health care; the importance of a continuum of…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 262 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features six news articles and a commentary by Lloyd Matowe of Pharmaceutical Systems Africa on capacity-building for supply chain management (3/12).

Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Contraceptive Access At AOL Event

Huffington Post: Melinda Gates Shares Personal Reason She Wants All Women To Have Access To Birth Control “Melinda Gates understands why contraceptives are vital to the health and well-being of women in the developing world. Her own life would be different if she hadn’t had access to them. The Bill…

U.S. Supports Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls As Part Of Development Agenda

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Our Next ‘Beijing Moment': Achieving Gender Equality by 2030 Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues; Tony Pipa, the U.S. special coordinator for the post-2015 development agenda; and Daniella Ballou-Aares, the secretary of state’s senior adviser for development, discuss U.S. support for gender equality and…

2.5M Lives Saved Since 2010 Under U.N.’s Every Woman Every Child Partnership

Reuters: Child and maternal deaths tumble, East Africa leads the way: U.N. “Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between 2010 and 2013, largely as a result of a U.N. initiative launched in 2010, the world body said on Tuesday…”…

2 Draft Laws In Iran Would Put Women’s Health At Risk, Amnesty International Says

TIME: Iran Mulls Laws That ‘Reduce Women to Baby-Making Machines,’ Says Amnesty “Amnesty International has slammed Iran for proposing two draft laws aimed at boosting the country’s population, saying the legislating would ‘reduce Iranian women to ‘baby-making’ machines.’ One proposal would ban voluntary sterilization and restrict access to contraceptives, while…

Somali Families From U.K., U.S. Reportedly Traveling To Kenya To Undergo FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Western girls holiday in Kenya to undergo FGM in secret “Somali families living in Britain and the United States are bringing their daughters to Kenya to secretly undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as their home countries crack down on the internationally condemned practice…” (Migiro, 3/11).

‘No Ceilings’ Data Show Gains On Gender Equality, But Gaps Remain

Huffington Post: How We Can Overcome the Unacceptable Gaps in Gender Equality Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation “…At No Ceilings, we set out to determine what progress has been made since 1995 — more specifically, since the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. ……