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 […]

Survey: [U.S.] Black women lack support after breast cancer

Survey: [U.S.] Black women lack support after breast cancer

Dorsey Griffith – Futurity – Wednesday, 09 May 2012 (originally published 03 May) UC DAVIS (US) — A recent survey finds nearly one-fourth of African-American breast cancer survivors were not satisfied with the information they received about treatment options from their doctors. “We know that one powerful factor in cancer outcomes is the extent to […]

Author Isabel Allende proves strategic funding changes lives for the better

Author Isabel Allende proves strategic funding changes lives for the better

Cynthia Arvide – WNN Features (WNN) Mexico City, MEXICO: In a charming and witty speech titled “Stories of Passion,” author Isabel Allende expressed her thoughts on the conflicts women face today worldwide after generations of human rights battles and the invention of the birth-control pill. Stories that bring ‘changing the world for the better’ into […]

Women’s Decade needs impetus

Women’s Decade needs impetus

Refiloe Joala – New Age – Thursday, 01 March 2012 The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) is a bold political initiative that aims to put women at the centre of development on the continent. Launched in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2010, with roots traceable to the UN First World Conference on Women, held in Mexico City […]

Blood donations in South Sudan in critical shortage

WNN MDG Stories (WNN) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, Africa: A small fridge in the corner of Juba teaching hospital’s laboratory is the only blood bank in South Sudan. The world’s newest country has some of the worst health statistics in the world. Health workers say a lack of blood is the main cause of mortality at […]

Vote hailed as milestone for women in PNG

Vote hailed as milestone for women in PNG

Jo Chandler – Sydney Morning Herald – Monday, 28 November 2011 (originally published 24 Nov) WOMEN danced, wept and embraced outside the Papua New Guinea Parliament yesterday as years of campaigning culminated in a watershed vote to allow 22 reserved seats for women in the almost exclusively male chamber, where just one of 109 seats […]

THAILAND: Women face society and prosecution with HIV/AIDS laws

THAILAND: Women face society and prosecution with HIV/AIDS laws

Thin Lei Win – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) BANGKOK: Punitive laws and social stigma not only prevent women living with HIV/AIDS from accessing much-needed healthcare services but lead to violence and discrimination against them, according to the head of the U.N. agency for HIV/AIDS. Such laws and fear of social ostracism further hamper efforts to […]

Woman Leprosy Patient in Sudan

Woman Leprosy Patient in Sudan

WNN Photos A lack of early treatment has caused an elderly woman and many others to have severe disfigurements. (WNN) SUDAN: One of the 321 people in a village of 3,000 residents living with leprosy in a leper colony, founded in 1952. A small clinic that has received support from the German Leprosy Association treats […]