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New Book Features Essays On Women’s, Children’s Health

ONE: The Mother & Child Project Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), founder and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands, discuss a new book compiled by the organization that features essays written by more than 47 different…

Al Jazeera America Examines Strict Abortion, Reproductive Health Laws In El Salvador

Al Jazeera America: In El Salvador, a pregnancy complication followed by a prison sentence “…[The article discusses cases] in El Salvador highlighted by local and international human rights groups and by the United Nations. All the women involved are young and poor and were convicted for killing babies who were…

Experts, Activists Call For Stricter Regulation Of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry After Sterilization Deaths

Financial Times: Sterilization tragedy highlights India’s bad-drug crisis “…While final forensic results are still awaited, Indian drug industry executives and health activists say the questions over the medicine distributed at the sterilization camp [where 13 women died last week] highlights the urgent need for tougher regulation of India’s domestic pharmaceutical…

Nigeria Should Commit To Policies That Promote Family Planning, UNFPA Head Says

Associated Press: U.N. Agency Encourages Family Planning in Nigeria “The executive director of the United Nations Population Fund is encouraging family planning in Nigeria to manage the country’s population growth. Babatunde Osotimehin told the Associated Press that allowing women to decide when to have children would benefit Nigeria’s economy…” (Oduah,…

Obama Should Address Policy Limiting Abortion Funding For U.S. Programs Overseas

The Hill: Death-dealing double standard of U.S. policies toward women overseas Liz Maguire, president and CEO of Ipas, and Purnima Mane, president and CEO of Pathfinder International “…Women and girls who live in countries that have restrictive abortion laws are far less likely than their American sisters to obtain safe…

India’s Public Health System Under Scrutiny After Sterilization Deaths

Wall Street Journal: Sterilization Deaths Cast Light on India’s Ailing Public Health System “…The deaths of Ms. Kumar and 12 other women after sterilization procedures in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh cast a harsh light on the multiple failings of India’s chronically underfunded public health system…” (Parussini/Seervai, 12/8).

Providing Women With Menstrual Products Can Advance Rights, Reproductive Justice

New York Times: Helping Women and Girls. Period. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, director of special projects and deputy director of development for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law “…Around the globe, managing menstruation can be a debilitating, even deadly, problem — fueled by a combination of poverty, misinformation,…

R&D Spending For Reproductive Health In Developing Countries Not Fulfilling Need, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Reproductive health R&D funding ‘failing to match need’ “…Research and development (R&D) spending on reproductive health issues in [developing] countries received just US$88 million in 2013, according to the report by Policy Cures, an Australian non-profit organization that provides analysis and decision-making tools around neglected diseases. In contrast, neglected…

USAID Works To Improve Young People’s Access To Reproductive Health, Family Planning Services

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Ellen Starbird, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, discusses the agency’s efforts to improve youth’s access to family planning and reproductive health services. “…When we support young people’s aspirations and engage them in…