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IPS, AlertNet Report On Health Issues Resulting From Climate Change

Inter Press Service examines the relationship between climate change and family planning in least-developed countries (LDCs), writing the “double challenge of mitigating climate change and combating crushing poverty makes improving reproductive rights and promoting gender equality imperatives that can no longer be delayed, according to several recent reports and agreements.” IPS highlights several reports and agreements, including an agreement between U.N. Women and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) that “aims at tackling gender inequality in the 75 OIF member states, most of which are also LDCs”; an agreement between U.N. Women and the European Union “to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations in their work on gender equality”; and the Royal Society of London’s People and the Planet report, “which focuses on reproductive rights and social justice as cornerstones of global economic sustainability” (Godoy, 5/30).

Inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day Recognized

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Menstrual Hygiene Day: A Milestone for Women and Girls Worldwide Danielle Keiser, WASH United’s social media coordinator, writes, “This May 28th, more than 145 organizations from all over the world are coming together to celebrate the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day and help…

Forbes Interview Examines Link Between Women’s Rights, World Population

Noting the U.N. last week “announced in its ‘World Population Prospects’ report that by 2050, global population will reach 9.6 billion, a 300 million people increase from the 2010 revision,” Forbes contributor Anushay Hossain interviews Suzanne Ehlers, president of Population Action International (PAI), in Forbes’ “World With A View” blog.…

New York Times Profiles Bush’s Work In Africa

The New York Times profiles former President George W. Bush’s work in Africa, writing, “While [he] is remembered at home for war, terrorism and national security, in Africa he is seen as a lifesaver who as president helped arrest a deadly epidemic and promoted development of impoverished lands. Now out…

IntraHealth Supporting Initiative Helping West African Cities Implement FP/RH Activities

IntraHealth International: In Six Francophone West African Cities, Mayors Are Serious about Investing in Family Planning This post highlights IntraHealth’s work implementing The Challenge Initiative (TCI), which “offers technical expertise through innovation hubs as well as financial support to help cities achieve their health and economic goals through better family…

Governments Should Recognize Women’s Right To Sexual, Reproductive Health, Ensure Access To Safe Abortion Services

Project Syndicate: Normalizing Abortion Françoise Girard, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition “…Abortion is a safe procedure that becomes hazardous wherever it is legally restricted. … [C]ontrary to popular opinion, criminalization does not reduce the number of abortions; it only makes having one more dangerous. … [R]ights activists around…

More News In Global Health

Associated Press: Pakistan official: Gunmen kill policeman guarding polio team (9/25). CNN: Amnesty International condemns Tanzania’s ‘attack’ on family planning (Adebayo/Odutayo, 9/25). CNN: Gene editing could eliminate mosquitoes, but is it a good idea? (Nedelman, 9/25). Daily Monitor: Nodding Syndrome: Experts make major breakthrough (Bagala, 9/25). Devex: What Europeans think…

More News In Global Health

aidsmap: One in five exposed to TB during HIV clinic visits, Malawi study finds (Alcorn, 10/1). Associated Press: Zimbabwe in huge cholera vaccination drive after 49 deaths (10/3). BBC News: The battle for better disability rehab in North Africa (Daniels, 10/1). BBC News: Cervical cancer: Australia ‘to be first to…

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