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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

A Healthy Start to Life: Cultural Barriers and the Global Trend Toward Early and Exclusive Breastfeeding

There has been accumulating evidence that early initiation of breastfeeding, within the first hour of birth, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of Read More

How to take morphine in rural Guatemala

Rosa is a 59-year-old woman dying1 of a broken heart: in her heart is a hole that surgeons cannot fix, and the irregular flow of Read More

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Foreign Policy Examines Potential Impacts Of Reinstated, Expanded Mexico City Policy In Africa

Foreign Policy: The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export “…Family planning advocates from Washington, D.C., to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia worry that Trump’s global gag rule will not only roll back many of the modest but critical gains African countries have made on safe abortion, but also the decade’s worth of progress in increasing family…More


Family Planning Should Remain Priority In West Africa To Avoid Future Security Issues, UNFPA…

Devex: Q&A: UNFPA West Africa director on the security benefits of family planning “…Places such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Senegal have seen an average two percent growth in contraceptive prevalence each year, [United Nations Population Fund West Africa Regional Director Mabingue Ngom] said. … However, 2015 United Nations research on trends in contraceptive use…More


Empowering women with the tools to survive cancer

Diluted vinegar. A flashlight. A set of trained eyes. These are the main requirements for a cervical cancer screening tool, called VIA, which put PATH front and center in the push to prevent cervical cancer around the globe.


Birth Spacing, Family Planning Counseling Integral To Achieving FP2020’s Goals

STAT: Birth spacing, and the information and tools to do it, can save women’s and children’s lives Monica Kerrigan, vice president of innovations at Jhpiego “…Access to family planning is one of the most cost-effective investments a country can make in its future. … In most countries, counseling about birth spacing and family planning has…More


10 Hens and Hope in Chiapas

Photo by Francisco Pablo Francisco / Partners In HealthFamilies arrive with cardboard boxes to carry home their new flocks in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas. Mud-splattered pickups were parked alongside a dirt road in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas, a small town hugging the Sierra Madres in southern Mexico. Nearby, a group of women and curious children stood holding cardboard boxes. It was a cloudy morning two days after Christmas, and they were receiving a long-awaited gift. It wasn’t toys or clothes, nor candy canes or other sweets, but a package of 10 hens and a rooster.


Global monitoring of safety of immunization in pregnancy

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Our Patients Will Die Without Foreign Aid

Jodanie Louis holds her son, Lovenyou, outside their home in Boucan-Carré, Haiti. Lovenyou has gone from severely to moderately malnourished under PIH’s malnutrition program.Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health Partners In Health is gravely concerned about deep and significant cuts in United States overseas development assistance in the budget proposed by President Donald J. Trump. As much of this aid is for health in some of the world’s poorest countries, these cuts will have a devastating impact on millions of people throughout the world.


Women, Technology & Partnerships – Countering Terrorist use of the Internet

ICT4Peace in cooperation with UN CTED and the Secdev Foundation co-hosted a conference on “Women, Technology & Partnerships – Countering Terrorist use of the Internet” in Ottawa, Canada. This event was supported by the Government of Canada and CIC National Capital Branch, and is part of the UNCTED/ICT4Peace current global engagement project working with industry, and key stakeholders to develop community standards around the prevention of violent extremism online consistent with UN principles, including the Universal declaration of human rights. The program can be found here and also below.


How to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places

PATH/Georgina Goodwin

Everyone gets one golden minute. If we don’t take our first breath in the 60 seconds after we’re born, all bets are off. But if the right person is paying attention—someone trained in exactly what to do and when—then the game of life tips back in our favor. Until a little over a year ago, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOne mentor, dozens of nurses, thousands of healthier kidsLessons from the front lines ;


Media Outlets Report On Protests Against Trump Administration’s Reinstatement, Expansion Of…

Devex: ‘Global gag rule’ impact already being felt, family planning advocates warn “The impact on women’s health of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate and extend the ‘global gag rule’ is already being felt in a number of countries around the world, according to reproductive rights advocates speaking at a protest event held outside…More


Mexico City Policy Could Stunt Progress Made In Women’s Health, Violates Women’s Rights

Project Syndicate: Donald Trump’s Little Women Françoise Girard, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition “…[The] latest manifestation of the [Mexico City policy] goes further than its predecessors. Whereas previous versions affected U.S. family planning funding, [President] Trump’s rule affects all U.S. health aid, including for HIV, malaria, maternal and child health, tuberculosis, and nutrition…More


Female Community Health Volunteers Critical To Nepal’s, USAID’s Response To NTDs

Huffington Post: What My Aunt, A Health Volunteer In Nepal, Taught Me About Women And Neglected Diseases Kalpana Bhandari, monitoring and evaluation adviser at ENVISION “…[Female community health volunteers (FCHVs) form Nepal’s] health system’s backbone, providing basic maternal and child health, family planning, and community-based health services. … Although many FCHVs are illiterate or semi-literate,…More


Trump Administration Issues Guidance On Mexico City Policy Implementation For Family Planning…

PAI’s “Washington Memo”: One Down, the Rest to Go: Global Gag Rule Reimposed on Family Planning In this newsletter, PAI describes the publication of the new “Mexico City Policy (March 2017)” section in the guidance governing USAID funding to overseas nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners. The section “is ‘applicable to all awards that include family planning…More


Devex Interviews UNFPA Executive Director About Family Planning’s Role In SDGs, Future Of…

Devex: Q&A: UNFPA’s Babatunde Osotimehin on family planning in the face of uncertainty “…Among those speaking [last week at the She Decides conference] was Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund and former minister of health of Nigeria. He told Devex that the conference and fund was not about abortion: ‘This is…More


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