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Present Helms Amendment Interpretation Should Be Clarified, Some Members Of Congress Say

Humanosphere: Decades-old U.S. law still limits international women’s reproductive rights Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses the U.S. role in advancing women’s reproductive rights, including the Helms Amendment and the push by some members of Congress for the Obama Administration to clarify its interpretation (3/11).

Culturally Sensitive Care Imperative To Ensuring Sexual, Reproductive Health Of Refugee Women

Devex: Ensuring healthier sexual and reproductive lives for our refugee patients Komal Soin, family physician “With a rising influx of refugees resettling in the United States, it is imperative for health providers to feel comfortable discussing reproductive health issues with this population … Ultimately, to provide effective counseling and to…

Devex Profiles Health Organization Women Deliver, Founder Jill Sheffield

Devex: Maternal health issues ‘aren’t finished yet’ — and neither is Jill Sheffield “In 2007, 1,700 people gathered at a large conference center in an east London borough. They’d come at the invitation of Women Deliver, a fledgling advocacy organization founded by Jill Sheffield that same year. It was time,…

Blog Post Examines Reproductive Rights In Light Of Zika Outbreak

RH Reality Check: Tackling Zika: Have We Learned Our Lesson on Rights? Luisa Cabal, chief of human rights and law at UNAIDS, and Mariangela Simão, director of rights, gender, prevention, and community mobilization at UNAIDS, discuss the Zika outbreak and reproductive rights. “…The response demands long-term commitments to three rights…

Disagreements Surface Over Gender Equality Funding Commitments In Outcome Document Of Commission On The Status Of Women, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: World leaders accused of backtracking on gender equality commitments “Claims that world leaders are backtracking on their commitment to end gender inequality have emerged on the final day of negotiations at the Commission on the Status of Women. Several countries are reportedly trying to water down the progressive…

Women In Nepal Banished During Menstruation Despite Law Banning Practice

The Guardian: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds “…Sofalta is one of thousands of girls and women in Nepal who practice Chhaupadi — banishment to a cattle shed or makeshift hut — because of so-called ‘impurity’ during menstruation or just after childbirth. … Although Chhaupadi was outlawed…

Foreign Policy Examines Abortion Policies, Impacts In Palestine

Foreign Policy: Palestine’s Abortion Problem “…While abortion is outlawed by the Palestinian government, there is no punishment for women who end their own pregnancies: This has led to the spread of at-home abortion methods, such as jumping off of staircases or inserting sharp instruments into the body…” (Schwartz, 12/4).

Experts Discuss Food Security, Disease Prevention, Family Planning In Light Of Climate Change

The Guardian: Climate change could make 175 million more people go hungry, report says “…The U.S. Department of Agriculture analysis states that climate change is ‘projected to result in more frequent disruption of food production in many regions and in increased overall food prices’…” (Milman, 12/4). The Guardian: Food at…

New ‘PSI Pulse’ Available Online

PSI Pulse: Issue 3 Issue 3 of PSI Pulse contains several pieces on global health-related issues, including an article on using development impact bonds as a model to finance global health; the use of voluntary medical male circumcision in Zimbabwe; a program that aims to improve gestational diabetes management and…