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All Nations Should Invest In More Midwives, Skilled Birth Attendants To Reduce Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: More Midwives Needed to Reduce Maternal Deaths Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “…All countries that have achieved dramatic improvements in maternal health share one thing in common: they have greatly improved the provision of professionally trained midwives and skilled birth attendants. ……

‘Too Late To Reverse Damage’ Of China’s One-Child Policy

Washington Post: China’s lifting of its one-child policy can’t undo the damage already done Editorial Board “…Even if it had succeeded in fine-tuning China’s population growth according to some universally acknowledged criteria, the one-child policy would have been monstrous. The proof of that is the litany of forced abortions, harassed…

Misconceptions, Stigma Among Young People Discourage Access To Sexual, Reproductive Health Services In Nigeria

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Stigma deters young people from accessing contraception in Nigeria Nnamdi Eseme, member of the Key Correspondents network, which is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…Young people have unique experiences of stigma and discrimination and youth friendly services are essential to tackling issues around unwanted pregnancies and…

Guardian Examines Family Planning In Afghanistan, Role of Imams In Promoting Contraception

The Guardian: Condoms and conflict: imams defy Taliban to spread contraception “In culturally conservative Afghanistan, it is often left to local imams to deal with delicate social issues such as family planning. It is not, however, that simple. Those who advocate what are seen as modern ideas, including contraception, can…

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,…

BBC News Examines Factors Leading To Drop In Ethiopia’s Fertility Rate

BBC News: Why Ethiopian women are having fewer children than their mothers “Ethiopia has seen a massive cut in its fertility rate, from an average of seven children per woman in the 1990s to 4.6 currently. But how has it managed this? … ‘Women stay longer in school, the standard…

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Analysis On Donor Government Assistance For Family Planning In 2014

Kaiser Family Foundation: Donor Government Assistance for Family Planning in 2014 This new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis examines donor government international funding for family planning in 2014. The analysis finds that “donor governments provided U.S.$1.4 billion to support bilateral family planning programs in low- and middle-income countries, an increase of…

Devex Examines Holistic Approaches To Family Planning, Resiliency, Sustainability In Tanzania

Devex: Family planning takes a 360-degree approach “…[Community health worker Happiness Chacha’s] work is a result of the Endangered Ecosystems Northern Tanzania, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that aims to make both people and wildlife more resilient to threats like climate change and population growth.…