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Obstacles to Advances in Family Planning

A provocative article challenging some of the accepted norms of international family planning. Authors Harvey and Black founded PSI, Marie Stopes International and DKT International, the Read More

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What’s the best way to measure empowerment?

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) used to send me into a coma, but I have to admit, I’m starting to get sucked in. After all, who doesn’t want to know more about the impact of what we do all day? So I picked up the latest issue of Oxfam’s Gender and Development Journal (GAD), on MEL in gende…

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FGM and child marriage: grandmothers are part of the problem and the solution

By Fatimah Kelleher | Guardian Development News | Girls on their own can’t change the norms that endanger them. Understand the role of the other women Read More

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Obstacles to Advances in Family Planning

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A provocative article challenging some of the accepted norms of international family planning. Authors Harvey and Black founded PSI, Marie Stopes International and DKT International, the Read More


Men, Women, Children Kidnapped For Sexual Slavery In DRC, MSF Says

The Guardian: Sexual slavery rife in Democratic Republic of the Congo, says MSF “Men, women and children are being kidnapped and held for months as slaves by militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Health care professionals working for Médicins sans Frontières in the gold and diamond mining regions of Okapi forest, Orientale…More


What’s the best way to measure empowerment?

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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) used to send me into a coma, but I have to admit, I’m starting to get sucked in. After all, who doesn’t want to know more about the impact of what we do all day? So I picked up the latest issue of Oxfam’s Gender and Development Journal (GAD), on MEL in gende…


More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan– and a 50 fold different risk in…

What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are “in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries.” How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look at the differences between the Tajik and Afghan sides of the river as reported in the study by Kylea Liese. The Tajik side has a large Soviet era hospital, some basic equipment and some medical personnel. And the Tajik women have a maternal mortality rate 50 times lower than the Afghan women, who have little to no medical care.


FGM and child marriage: grandmothers are part of the problem and the solution

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By Fatimah Kelleher | Guardian Development News | Girls on their own can’t change the norms that endanger them. Understand the role of the other women Read More


Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

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Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →


Performance-based financing with GAVI health system strengthening funding in rural Cambodia: a…

Introduction Though Cambodia made impressive gains in immunization coverage between the years 2000 and 2005, it recognized several health system challenges to greater coverage of immunization and sustainability.


Adolescents’ Access To Reproductive Health Services ‘Will Transform Their Lives’

Huffington Post: We Can’t Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “…We need to ensure that every girl can fully realize her sexual and reproductive health and rights. One simple and cost-effective way to help do this is to expand access to voluntary family planning. … To make…More


The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

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Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More


USAID on Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

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USAID’s Vision for Action for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality seeks to improve maternal and fetal health at the country-level using holistic and integrated approaches that Read More


No more catch 22: Saving mothers and babies in Peru

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By Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a UNICEF pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health care in the rural Amazonian basin. I will retire this year after 22 years at UNICEF, having witnessed a transformation unprecedented in my country’s history. Our problems are more complex than they once were, and less amenable to inexpensive solutions, so progress is still uneven and we have a long way to go.


Birth in War: an Ethnographic Study in Afghanistan

“Even on a mountain, there is still a road.” Pashto proverb Why are women just over the border of a small 60 foot river, in Tajikistan, about fifty times less likely to die in childbirth as compared to women in Afghanistan? Words have been spilled generously attempting to describe the difficult terrain (both topological and political) of Afghanistan. Less has been devoted to the deep-boned stubbornness, a defiance, which living in this gnarly terrain has forged in its people. It is stubbornness to outside rulers (whether Alexander the Great or the Soviets), stubbornness with traditions, and stubbornness in both friendships and enmities. Wars have laid waste to a land that was once a geo-economic fixture on the Silk Road and a central post of the Mughal Empire, but stubbornness has allowed a people to survive.


South Sudan Needs Help to Avoid Collapse | allAfrica.com

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allAfrica.com: Juba — South Sudan’s government admitted on Monday that it needs international assistance to avoid collapse in the coming months triggered by the outbreak Read More


Mind the gap: why UN development goals must tackle economic inequality

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By Faiza Shaheen This month we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to force our governments to face up to an uncomfortable reality – that promises ofsustainable Read More


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