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The Medicalization of FGM: Why We Should Be Worried

Across the globe, a growing battle is being fought against a practice that has deprived women and girls from realizing their rights to reproductive and Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

Cultural Sex Work in India and the Right to Health

In India, there are a number of tribal communities that have systematized the sexual exploitation of their mothers and daughters, often masking their work as Read More

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The ABCs of cervical cancer prevention in remote locations

In 2014, DB Peru launched The Amazon Community-Based Participatory Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme as a collaborative approach to screening and treatment of cervical cancer in Lower Napo River (LNR) communities in the Peruvian Amazon. In the remote LNR, shaping a programme that addressed community needs, such as health literacy and improving access to healthcare, as well as ensuring a high level of clinical gynaecological care, was a challenge. In preparation, we collated a range of diverse resources from around the world. We gathered knowledge at international conferences, spoke to professionals at the coal-face of cancer prevention in low-resource settings, sourced donations from a range of companies, and collaborated with local government services. Most importantly, we worked beside communities to understand their needs, and shape local solutions to education, screening and treatment of cervical cancer.


Weekly links September 15: the definitive what we know on Progresa, ethics of cash, a new…

In the latest JEL, Parker and Todd survey the literature on Progresa/Oportunidades: some bits of interest to me included: CCTs have now been used in 60+ countries; over 100 papers have been published using the Progresa/Oportunidades data, with at least 787 hypotheses tested – multiple testing corrections don’t change the conclusions that the program had health and education effects, but do cast doubt on papers claiming impacts on gender issues and demographic outcomes; FN 16 which notes that at the individual level, there are significant differences in 32% of the 187 characteristics on which baseline balance is tested, with the authors arguing that this is because the large sample size leads to a tendency to reject the null at conventional levels – a point that seems inconsistent with use of the same significant levels for measuring treatment effects; Two decades later, we still don’t know whether Progresa led to more learning, just more years in school; One of the few negative impacts is an increase in deforestation in communities which received the CCT Dave Evans asks whether it matters which co-author submits a paper, and summarizes responses from several editors; he also gives a short summary of a panel on how to effectively communicate results to policymakers.


Friends Of Global Fight Blog Post Explores Impact Of Gender Inequality On Treatment For HIV,…

Friends of the Global Fight: Gender Inequalities Impact Treatment for Disease In this blog post, the fourth in a series by Friends of the Global Fight addressing gender equality, Sydney Spencer, research intern at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses how gender inequality affects HIV, TB, and malaria treatment efforts, writing, “There is much that needs…More


Friends Of Global Fight Blog Series Explores Gender Equality, Efforts To End AIDS, TB, Malaria…

Friends of the Global Fight: Empowering Women and Girls to Shrink the Global HIV Epidemic In this blog post, the second in a series of blog posts by Friends of the Global Fight addressing gender equality, Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer, and Sydney Spencer, global health policy intern, both at Friends of the Global…More


Philippines Begins HIV PrEP Pilot Project Among Gay Men, Transgender Women As New Cases Hit…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Philippines trials anti-HIV drug as cases hit record high “The Philippines has kicked off a pilot project offering anti-HIV drugs to gays and transgender women as new infection rates in the country buck global trends and hit a record high. Under the project, 200 HIV-negative gay men and transgender women will be…More


New Report Offers Recommendations On How To Make SDG 3 More Inclusive For LGBTI People

NBC News: New Report Provides U.N. With Global LGBTQ Health Recommendations “A new report issued by two human rights organizations seeks to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. … The paper includes a series of nine recommendations for making Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goal…More


‘Menstrual Leave’ Policies Ignite Debate Over Women’s Rights, Gender Equality

New York Times: In Some Countries, Women Get Days Off for Period Pain “…[The digital media company Culture Machine] is one of a handful of private Indian companies to have started such [‘menstrual leave’] policies in recent months. Menstrual leaves are recognized in few other countries, among them Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Zambia.…More


Global Fund Partnership In Rwanda Aims To Address Connection Between Gender-Based Violence,…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Gender-based Violence and HIV/AIDS: A Rwandan Project Confronts the Connection In this blog post, the first in a series of blog posts by Friends of the Global Fight addressing gender equality, Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses how challenges to gender equality,…More


The gendered micropolitics of hiding and disclosing: assessing the spread and stagnation of…

AbstractAnalysing why certain information spreads—or not—can be highly relevant for understanding an intervention’s potential impact.


Canada’s Foreign Aid Strategy Signals Commitment To Women, Gender Equity

The Lancet: Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda Editorial Board “…The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next five years, directed at women’s organizations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. Ninety-five percent of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to…More


U.N. Member States Should Commit To Accelerating Research To Improve LGBTI Health, Well-Being

Inter Press Service: Will the U.N. ‘Leave No One Behind’ and Improve LGBTI Health and Well-Being? Felicity Daly, global research coordinator for OutRight Action International “While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries…More


New Consortium Of Australian NGOs Launches Public Campaign To Increase Awareness Of, Support…

Devex: Will a new campaign convince Australia to step up at the Family Planning Summit? “…The Australian aid program from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prioritized gender equality — with a target of 80 percent of aid investment effectively addressing gender issues in their implementation. But investment of the aid budget into family…More


New Report Offers Recommendations On Monitoring LGBTI Health Needs In 2030 Agenda

Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)/OutRight Action International: Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being This joint report discusses how Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 is relevant to the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and offers recommendations on how to effectively monitor progress on LGBTI health needs…More


International Community Far From Meeting Funding Goals Needed To Prevent Famine In Africa

The Guardian: Nigeria’s food crisis: by the time famine is declared, it’s too late Amy Harrison, technical specialist in gender and conflict at Social Development Direct “…North-east Nigeria has long suffered from geographical marginalization and chronic underdevelopment, but it was the rise of Boko Haram that brought the region to international attention. … My Nigerian…More


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