Nigeria: Activists Dance in Demand for Female Condom

Nigeria: Activists Dance in Demand for Female Condom

Chukwudi Nweje – ALLAfrica via Daily Independent  – Tuesday September, 23, 2014 (originally published 22 Sept) Women’s reproductive health rights are a subject not many people want to discuss. For cultural and religious reasons, the topic is often treated as a taboo and not to be spoken about not even by the women. However, it […]

Mobile cash transfers help Tanzanians fight fistula

Mobile cash transfers help Tanzanians fight fistula

Kizito Makoye  – DW – Monday, 09 July 2014 While maternal healthcare in Tanzania is free, transport costs remain a huge challenge. One program is now using a mobile money service known as M-Pesa to bring women in need of fistula surgery to the hospital. CCBRT’s communications manager Abdul Kajumulo told DW, that the money […]

New report highlights global midwife shortage

New report highlights global midwife shortage

Joe DeCapua for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new report said there’s a severe shortage of midwives in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Those countries suffer 96 percent of the world’s maternal deaths and more than 90 percent of stillbirths and newborn deaths. The […]

UN award recongnizes recipients with a lifetime of dedication to women

UN award recongnizes recipients with a lifetime of dedication to women

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: An Italian Catholic priest, who is also a medical doctor, and a non-profit organization in the United States have been chosen this year as recipients of the 2014 United Nations Population Award that recognized outstanding service to women, health and the field of reproductive services. […]

Ignoring equality, rights & women’s health derails development, UN cautions

Ignoring equality, rights & women’s health derails development, UN cautions

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect […]

Grappling to Give Uganda’s Fistula Patients Dignity

Grappling to Give Uganda’s Fistula Patients Dignity

Amy Fallon – IPS – Friday, 22 November 2013 (originally published 19 Nov) KAMPALA
, Nov 19 2013 (IPS) – Ever since giving birth to a stillborn baby 15 years ago, Mary*, a peasant farmer from Mubende District in central Uganda, has continuously leaked urine. In Uganda, two percent of women of a reproductive age have […]

MALAWI: Women receive better comprehensive healthcare for obstetric fistula

MALAWI: Women receive better comprehensive healthcare for obstetric fistula

Lameck Masina for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Blantyre, MALAWI, EASTERN AFRICA:  Malawi and the United Nations are stepping up efforts to prevent obstetric fistula cases and to help more women already suffering with the condition. Considered a condition born of poverty, obstetric fistula can occur in women during prolonged and difficult child birth or […]

Champions for Youth to Gather in Malaysia for Women Deliver 2013 Conference

Champions for Youth to Gather in Malaysia for Women Deliver 2013 Conference

Women Deliver – Thursday, 25 April 2013 (originally published 22 Apr) Thousands of advocates for young people will convene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28-30 to drive change for girls and women at Women Deliver’s third global conference, Women Deliver 2013. Newly announced speakers include: Graça Machel, Incoming Chair, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn &  […]

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Issa Sikiti da Silva – IPS – Friday, 01 March 2013 (originally published 25 Feb) DAKAR, Feb 25 2013 (IPS) – When Abdoulaye Ba heard his local Imam in Dakar, Senegal, speaking out against child marriage, he found that the idea was not very palatable to him. As head of his family, he had intended […]

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