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Abortion Undermines MDG Targets “The overarching and noble goal [of this week’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit in New York] is reducing global poverty. But the most compelling and achievable objectives – huge reductions in maternal and child mortality worldwide – will be severely undermined if the Obama administration either directly or…

Also In Global Health News: Church On Contraceptives In Philippines; Russia’s HIV Epidemic; Floods In Nigeria; Niger Cash Payment Program; Aid To China

Catholic Church Critical Of Filipino President’s Stance On Contraception Catholic Church representatives have criticized Filipino President Benigno Aquino’s support for contraception, the Associated Press reports. The Reverend Deogracias Yniguez of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told AP, “The whole church is against it,” and Reverend Melvin Castro “said church officials…

World Leaders Address Country Ownership, Accountability, Women At MDG Summit

“African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet U.N. goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment,” Reuters reports in an article that examines the leaders call for African nations to take greater ownership of their development.

Report, U.N. Human Rights Experts Cite Dangers Of Pesticides, Other Toxic Chemicals To Human Health

Reuters: Human reproduction, health broadly damaged by toxic chemicals: report “…Among the poor health outcomes linked to pesticides, air pollutants, plastics, and other chemicals, according to the report from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), an organization representing obstetrical and gynecological associations from 125 countries, are miscarriage and…

Investment In African Family Planning Programs Can Help Achieve Development Goals

Humanosphere: OpEd: Africa’s challenging demographic future In a guest post, John Bongaarts, a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Population Council, discusses new estimates for population growth through 2100, with most of the upward trend “largely confined to one area of the world — sub-Saharan Africa.” He argues success…

China’s New Family Planning Policy Awaits Approval From Parliament

Reuters/Huffington Post: China On New Two-Child Policy: Not So Fast “China must continue to enforce its one-child policy until new rules allowing all couples to have two children go into effect, the top family planning body said. … The plan for the change must be approved by the rubber-stamp parliament…

Global Leaders Should Commit To Addressing Sexual, Reproductive Health Needs For Youth

The Guardian: ‘I didn’t know I could become pregnant after having sex for the first time’ Mary Wanjiku Mwangi, youth mentor for U-Tena “…In many countries, contraception is only available to married couples and information about sexual health does not reach the young people who need it most. Often, social…

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