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Second Chances, by Susan Reynolds Whyte, was published by Duke University Press in 2014.

Patients “Achieving” Healthcare in LMICs: Reflections on “Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda”

I recently read the book Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda, edited by Susan Reynolds Whyte, a medical anthropologist who has been conducting research and Read More

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[Comment] Maternal age matters: for a lifetime, or longer

Pregnancies in adolescents (10–19-year-olds) and in older women (≥35 years) are hazardous for the mother and the child. Despite an almost universal decline in the adolescent birth rate since 1990,1 adolescent fertility still accounts for 11% of all births worldwide,2 with 95% of these births occurring in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).2 In 2014, the average global birth rate among 15–19-year-olds was 49 per 1000 girls (1 in 20), with startling differences in rates between countries (from 1 to 299 per 1000), the highest rates occurring in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Prevention of sexually transmitted infections using mobile devices and ubiquitous computing

Background: Advances in the development of information and communication technologies have facilitated social interrelationships, but also sexual contacts without appropriate preventive measures.

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Blog Outlines Six Strategies To Help Women In Developing Countries With FP/RH Needs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: What women, girls and their partners want Angela Mutunga, the East Africa program adviser for Advance Family Planning, discusses six strategies for helping women in developing countries prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect their health (6/24).


Complex Framework Of SDGs Should Aspire To ‘Sustainable Equality’ for Women, Children

The Lancet: Sustainable equality — a goal to aspire to Editorial Board “2015 marks a transition point for development which is, in its own way, exhilarating. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will shortly expire… A new set of aspirations must be fashioned to prepare the world’s people for times of continuing, indeed perhaps intensifying, change…More


Less Than 2% Of Canada’s MCH Funding Under Muskoka Initiative Used For Contraception, CBC…

CBC News: Canada’s foreign aid commitment to contraception low despite great need “…When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada’s commitment to maternal, newborn, and child health five years ago, one of the first questions to him and then-International Development Minister Bev Oda was whether that would include family planning and abortion. It took Oda months…More


Reflections on the INCAP Oriente Longitudinal Study of early life nutrition: An interview with Aryeh Stein

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Aryeh Stein, MPH, PhD, is a nutritional epidemiologist and Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health of the Rollins School of Public Health at Read More


Congress Should Permanently End ‘Global Gag Rule’

The Hill: Let’s finally end the global gag rule Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government relations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “The good news is that recent efforts to expand family planning access globally have been going exceedingly well. One…More


Patients “Achieving” Healthcare in LMICs: Reflections on “Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda”

Second Chances, by Susan Reynolds Whyte, was published by Duke University Press in 2014.

I recently read the book Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda, edited by Susan Reynolds Whyte, a medical anthropologist who has been conducting research and Read More


Blog Post Examines SFOPs Bill Approved By House Appropriations Committee

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: U.S. House Appropriations Committee approves bill that flat lines global HIV, cuts family planning Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, reports on Thursday’s House Committee on Appropriations’ markup of the FY 2016 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. “While family planning funding…More


Pratt Pouch for PMTCT: More on its Evolution from an undergraduate research project on failure…

Robert Malkin and the engineers at the Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering saw a need and sought to find a medically effective, simple and cost effective solution to an ongoing dilemma in the fight against HIV. Originally Malkin’s undergraduate class set out to figure out why prior approaches to home based PMTCT solutions had failed. The class did not plan to create a solution, but they did indeed do just that. Pratt Pouches have been in the development for multiple years with lab-based and clinical studies determine whether this new drug delivery device can radically improve the efficacy of home-based antiretroviral therapy to newborns.


Analysis Examines Efforts To Re-Impose Mexico City Policy, Defund UNFPA

Guttmacher Institute: Political Interference Impedes Effectiveness of U.S. International Family Planning Assistance The news release discusses an analysis published in the Guttmacher Policy Review that examines political efforts to re-impose the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule,” and defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (6/8).


Motivation and satisfaction among community health workers in Morogoro Region, Tanzania:…

Background: In 2012, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), Tanzania, approved national guidelines and training materials for community health workers (CHWs) in integrated maternal, newborn and child health (Integrated MNCH), with CHWs trained and deployed across five districts of Morogoro Region soon after.


Marie Stopes International Commits To Providing Contraceptive Access To 12M Additional Women…

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: What Does It Mean to Be an FP2020 Commitment Maker Simon Cooke, CEO of Marie Stopes International, writes, “Following the 2012 Family Planning Summit in London, a group of governments, foundations, and NGOs including Marie Stopes International made a commitment through FP2020 to get contraception to 120 million…More


Updated WHO Contraceptive Guidelines Could Improve Maternal, Child Survival

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s “Global Health NOW”: Ready for Action: The WHO Expands Postpartum Family Planning, Increasing Chances for Maternal and Child Survival Anne Pfitzer, family planning team leader for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, led by Jhpiego; Rehana Gubin, Jhpiego’s technical adviser for global health practice and policy research; and…More


Improving WASH Especially Important For Women, Children

ONE Blog: Matt Damon — husband, father, actor, activist, and co-founder of Water.org As the blog’s Women and Girls guest curator this month, Matt Damon writes, “…Today, nearly 750 million people live without access to safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation. This must change. As a father and a husband, I…More


Applying lessons learned from the USAID family planning graduation experience to the GAVI…

As low income countries experience economic transition, characterized by rapid economic growth and increased government spending potential in health, they have increased fiscal space to support and sustain more of their own health programmes, decreasing need for donor development assistance.


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