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U.S. Investments Helping Improve Contraception, Family Planning Access In Senegal

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: U.S. and Senegalese Investments in Family Planning Are Paying Off Sara Stratton, director of West and Southern Africa programs at IntraHealth International, writes, “In Francophone West Africa, acceptance of family planning and use of modern contraception has been increasing over the last four years. … This would…

Myanmar’s Proposed Birth Spacing Law Could Impact Country’s Maternal Health Advances, Human Rights Group Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Myanmar population control law threatens minorities: rights group “Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted, abused, and suppressed by a proposed population control law which could be a serious setback for the country’s maternal health advances, according to a U.S.-based human rights group…” (Guilbert, 4/22).

Clinical Reproductive Health Services Inadequate, Unsafe In India’s Bihar, Report Says

Humanosphere: Investigation: Family planning services unsafe in India’s Bihar state Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy highlights a yearlong investigation by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), which found “[c]linical reproductive health services provided to women in India’s Bihar state — where few use family planning resources — are woefully…

Nationwide Condom Shortage Affects India’s HIV Prevention Efforts

LiveMint: Shortage of condoms hits govt’s AIDS prevention program “A nationwide shortage of government-supplied condoms has affected two key programs of the health ministry [in India] — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and family planning. What compounds matters is the size of funds needed to address the shortage…” (Krishnan, 5/12).

WHO Updates Medical Eligibility Criteria For Contraceptive Options

Al Jazeera America: WHO expands list of recommended birth control options “The World Health Organization on Monday added a series of long-acting, hormonal contraceptives to the list of globally recommended birth control methods, which will significantly reduce mothers’ risk of dying during childbirth, experts say. The WHO’s guidelines relax restrictions…

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).

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