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Tanzania, Partners Implement Sex Education Programs To Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzania rolls out sex education to curb teenage pregnancies “…In a push to curb teenage pregnancies, Tanzania’s government and non-profit organizations have embarked on several sex education initiatives aimed at schoolgirls and boys, who traditionally have been taught nothing about the facts of life…” (Makoye, 11/4).

Vasectomy Should Be Routinely Available, Accessible In Low-Income Countries

The Lancet: The kindest cut: global need to increase vasectomy availability Roy Jacobstein, senior medical adviser at IntraHealth International “…Although vasectomy is simpler to perform, less invasive, safer, and more cost effective than female sterilization, less than one in 11 users of permanent methods in developing regions relies on vasectomy.…

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…

Study Examines Increase In Nigeria’s Abortion Incidence

Guttmacher Institute: The Incidence of Abortion in Nigeria This study, published in the December issue of the journal International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and conducted by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute and the University of Ibadan, “finds that 1.25 million abortions were performed in the country in 2012,…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Family Planning Efforts, Other Actions Needed To Achieve SDGs

Huffington Post: What Do We Need to Turn the Sustainable Development Goals’ Idealism Into Reality? Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…[I]t will take an unprecedented, global joint effort if the ambition of the new [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] is to meet the needs of the…

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…

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