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Eliminating Maternal Mortality In Developing Countries Could Improve Life Expectancy, Study Says

Media sources highlight a study recently published in PLOS ONE that examines the benefits of eliminating maternal mortality in developing countries. ANI/Business Standard: Eliminating maternal mortality could improve women’s life expectancy in developing countries “Eliminating maternal mortality, which is defined as the deaths related to pregnancy, would result in a…

‘No Ceilings’ Data Will Help MCC Make Investment Decisions

Writing in the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s “Poverty Reduction Blog,” Senior Development Policy Officer Andria Hayes-Birchler discusses Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recently launched “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, which aims to gather and analyze data on the progress of women globally.” She continues, “…At MCC, we rely on a huge amount…

Secretary Kerry Hosts Discussion On Ending, Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict

According to a U.S. Department of State press release, Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion focused “on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during…

Education Important For Curbing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it’s by choice? Ola Perczynska, program manager at Her Turn in Kathmandu, Nepal “Despite child marriage being a human rights violation and the negative effects on girls and subsequently their children being well documented, in rural Nepal, an increasing…

‘No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance,’ Save The Children President Says

Huffington Post: No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children “…As new research released [on Monday] by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone. ……

Pakistani Village Offers Girls Sex Education Classes

Reuters: Pakistani village gives girls pioneering sex education class “…Sex education is common in Western schools but these ground-breaking lessons are taking place in deeply conservative rural Pakistan, a Muslim nation of 180 million people. Publicly talking about sex in Pakistan is taboo and can even be a death sentence.…

PRI’s ‘The World’ Launches Multimedia Series On Pregnancy, Childbirth Worldwide

PRI’s “The World” has launched a multimedia series, titled “The Ninth Month,” that explores pregnancy and childbirth across cultures and continents. PRI’s “The World”: In Nepal, the manual labor doesn’t stop for expectant mothers “…It is common here for women to do backbreaking work in the fields, but Januka is…

Nepal Should Recognize Uterine Prolapse As Human Rights Issue, Amnesty Says

Reuters: Nepal must toughen fight on women’s ‘fallen womb’ crisis — Amnesty “…Uterine prolapse — a medical condition in which the uterus is displaced from its normal position into the vagina — affects women worldwide but is more common in Nepal, where one in 10 is affected, rights group Amnesty…

FGM Slowly Declining In Somaliland

Agence France-Presse: Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland “It is a ritual supposed to keep women ‘pure,’ but an increased understanding of the severe health risks of extreme forms of female genital mutilation appears to be slowly rolling back its prevalence in Somalia’s northwest…” (Vesperini, 2/20).

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…

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