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Progress Being Made To Close Gap In Contraceptives Access Among Women But More Effort Needed To Reach Goals, FP2020 Report Shows

News outlets highlight findings from a Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report released on Thursday, titled “Commitment to Action 2014-2015.” BBC News: Push to meet ‘shortfall’ in global contraceptives target “Plans to get contraceptives to millions more women in the world’s poorest countries are behind track, a report by campaigners and…

Investing In Family Planning Essential To Achieving SDGs, Ending Poverty

Devex: Family planning: It’s time to invest Megan Elliott, vice president for strategy and development at Marie Stopes International “…If the world is serious about ending poverty by 2030, access to contraception cannot be allowed to fall off the agenda, or left unfunded. As health issues move increasingly towards domestic…

Changing Demographics, Poor Socio-Economic Conditions, Lack Of Funding Challenge Sexual, Reproductive Health Service Providers In Haiti, Devex Reports

Devex: In Haiti, lack of funding for social programs undermines sexual and reproductive health services “Haitian community-based organizations at the forefront of sexual and reproductive health services delivery are struggling to address new challenges posed by changing demographics and unfavorable socio-economic conditions. Urbanization, a breakdown of traditional family structures, and…

New Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet Examines Adolescent Sexual, Reproductive Health Needs, Access To Abortion In Developing Countries

Guttmacher Institute: Adolescents’ Need for and Use of Abortion Services In Developing Countries This new fact sheet released by the Guttmacher Institute “incorporates data from three recent studies of adolescent sexual and reproductive health needs and services in developing countries. It includes information about unsafe abortion incidence in specific countries…

Latin American Nations Must Consider Access To Contraceptives, Abortion, Human Rights Of Women When Formulating Zika Responses, U.N., Experts Say

CNSNews.com: U.N. Human Rights Chief Urges Expanded Access to Contraception, Abortion in Light of Zika Virus “U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged Latin American governments Friday to increase access to ‘reproductive health services,’ including emergency contraception and abortion, in light of the rise of the…

Obstacles Remain To Abortion, Contraception Access For Latin American Women Affected By Zika

Huffington Post: GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries “Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. ‘This…

U.S. Working To End FGM/C

Council on Foreign Relations’s “Women Around the World”: Three Ways the United States Is Working to End FGM/C In this guest post, Cathy Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State, discusses findings from a recently released UNICEF report on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and describes…

Engaging Youth In Health Care Decision Making Can Improve Program Access, Rights

Devex: Future reproductive freedom starts by giving youth a seat at the table Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of PAI, and Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver “…Research shows that when you include young people in decision-making and invest in his or her health, rights, and wellbeing, everybody wins. And…