In Botswana, a Stronger Workforce Means Better Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
November 12, 2018Social service  workers face heavy caseloads, big expectations, and even suspicion from their communities.IntraHealth International has joined the Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the SDGs.This call is close to our hearts, because  our mission—which is to improve the performance of health workers and strengthen the systems in which they work—includes social service workers, from government-employed social workers to trained community case workers or volunteers on child-protection committees. They play a key role in ...
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Picture It: This Is Selma ’s Story
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Safety for Frontline Health Workers Paramount to Ebola Response and Global Health Security
November 09, 2018The threat in DRC may no longer be containable and could become endemic.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield came to Capitol Hill in Washington Monday with an ominous warning:The current Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now so serious that it might not be containable and could become endemic.TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) reports this week that there are now 300 cases of the virus and 186 deaths since the outbreak was declared four months ago. Twenty-seven health workers have been infected and three have died.Key to ending the ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Can the Astana Declaration Be a Turning Point to Finally Ensuring Primary Health Care for All?
November 02, 2018These three factors will be critical.Fellow delegates to last week ’s ​Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, have flown home to an awesome yet daunting challenge: 40 years after the landmark Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 declaring health as a human right, how can we finally make the declaration’s vision of primary health care (PHC) for all a reality?The monumental 1978 conference in Alma-Ata, USSR  (now Almaty, Kazakhstan), pronounced for the first time global agreement that health is a “fundamental human right” and called for “ur...
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Picture It: Changing the Way She Does Business
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IntraHealth Welcomes Dai Hozumi to Executive Team
November 01, 2018Dai Hozumi has joinedIntraHealth International ’s executive team as chief technical officer and leader of IntraHealth ’s Center for Technical Excellence.In this new role, Hozumi will provide visionary leadership to shape, guide, and implement IntraHealth's technical agenda. He will also focus on driving new business and ensuring the quality of our technical products and services as IntraHealth forges new paths within a rapidly evolving global health and development landscape.Hozumi has over 20 years of experience in strategy development and execution, including extensive experience managing com...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Let ’s Talk about Health Workers’ Feelings
October 30, 2018Conversations between health workers and members of key populations can transform the health care experience for both.It is easy to forget that doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are just like everyone else. They even have feelings.At a recent Health4All training, a social worker in Suriname explained, “Health workers say that they don’t want to put aside their upbringing or values, and they don’t want to say ‘ma’am’ when you are a biological man. They say, ‘If you have a name like Trixie, I will call you Trixie, but I will not call you ma’am....
Source: IntraHealth International - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

On the Ground with Tanzania's National Test and Treat Campaign
October 29, 2018To make HIV services available to more Tanzanians, we go where the clients go.“I am waiting for my younger brother to take me home,” Jagad Mabula tells me.He has just received an HIV test and circumcision services at Tinde Health Centre in Tanzania ’s Shinyanga Region and is now sitting on a bench as he waits.Jagad, 24, spent about three hours riding a bicycle from Mwamanyuda village —where he lives with his wife and two children—to this facility to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The procedure will reduce his risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual inter...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

She Fights TB and HIV Door-to-Door on this Tanzanian Island
October 25, 2018Community health workers like Nanzula link their neighbors to the essential primary health services they need.In 2003, Nanzula Jagaja ’s husband died and left her as the sole provider for their four children.“A few years after his death, a Lutheran church mission came here educating widows on HIV and tuberculosis,” she says. “Only then did I realize my husband had died from TB.”Today Nanzula is certified as a community home-based care provider on HIV and TB and goes house-to-house, making sure those in her village know about the risks and symptoms and linking them to formal hea...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

10 Transformative Trends in Digital Health
October 24, 2018These issues are shaping the near future of international development.Established digital health trends are already reshaping health care systems around the world in new and amazing ways. For example, the widespread adoption of mobile phones and the increasing usage of smartphones, combined with increasing Internet access and searchable online information services, have created what some call a doctor in every pocket.Even in rural Uganda, a patient can confirm her provider ’s authenticy with a text message, and a community health worker can use Google to learn symptoms and treatments.But what ’s...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

A Day in the Life of a New York City Community Health Worker
October 23, 2018Rosaura guides her clients through a challenging health system during the most vulnerable moments in their lives.Last week I shadowed Rosaura Polanco, a community health worker in the South Bronx in New York City, where she provides underserved women with health education and essential health services. Having only seen examples of community health workers operating in sub-Saharan Africa, I asked Rosaura what unites them around the world, despite their differing roles and contexts.“Empathy,” she replied. “I practice empathy, for everything, all the time.”Rosaura works forGrameen Prima...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Hiding Outside the Spotlight: Don't Miss the Real Impact of Your Development Efforts
October 17, 2018As researchers, we're often tempted to track data that are easy to capture —rather than searching for what we really need to know.A police officer sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks, “What have you lost?”“My keys,” the drunk man says, and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes, the officer asks if he is sure he lost the keys here, and the man replies, “No, I lost them in the dark alley across the street.” The officer asks why he is searching here, and the drunk ma n replies, " This is where the ligh...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Streetlight Effect Is Hiding the Real Impact of Our Development Programs
October 17, 2018As researchers, we're often tempted to track data that are easy to capture —rather than searching for what we really need to know.A police officer sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks, “What have you lost?”“My keys,” the drunk man says, and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes, the officer asks if he is sure he lost the keys here, and the man replies, “No, I lost them in the dark alley across the street.” The officer asks why he is searching here, and the drunk ma n replies, " This is where the ligh...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Dr. Tedros Pays Us a Visit!
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Picture It: The Case for Investing in Health
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Picture It: A Call to Action
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Picture It: A Special Celebration in Bamako
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Why Technology Isn ’t Always the Answer in Global Health
October 04, 2018We were so excited by the flashiness of the tools, we forgot our goal —to lower hypertension in Africa.After attendingSwitchpoint 2018 and hearing about people who are using drones to deliver medications for snake bites to remote areas of the Amazon, cellphones to diagnose eye diseases, and paper microscopes to detect bacteria in water, I was pumped. I was excited by the opportunities to use digital tools for health.As I started my fellowship atIntraHealth International, I was excited to implement digital health tools, eager to find a solution to the high and growing prevalence of hypertension in sub-...
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Picture It: Public-Private Partnerships and UNGA
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Picture It: You Can Count on Us
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These 5 Levels of Advocacy Are Moving the Needle on Contraceptive Use
September 25, 2018In the struggle to end poverty, new ideas and powerful new voices are rising up, demanding change. And it's working.Imagine: It ’s 1981. Ronald Reagan is president of the United States. Scientists still believe AIDS isa rare lung infection. And over 42% of the world ’s population lives in extreme poverty.Forty-two percent. That number always stops us in our tracks. It ’s massive, and uncomfortably close to half.Even more mind-blowing is how that number has plummeted in just a few decades. Today it stands at 10%. And we ’re poised to reach 0% by 2030, if we achieve theSustainable De...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Young Nigeriens Want Comprehensive Sex Ed and Solid Advice
September 24, 2018In Niger, talking about sex and contraceptives isn ’t always easy. But little by little, things are changing.en fran çaisInnocent Ibrahim started out as a family planning youth ambassador —basically, a young person who talks to other young people about contraceptives.He knew only too well that something as simple as an implant or a condom could be the difference between an early, unwanted pregnancy and a future of education and prosperity —especially in countries like his, where fertility and maternal deaths are high and access to reproductive health services is low.And he wanted ...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

In Six Francophone West African Cities, Mayors Are Serious about Investing in Family Planning
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is one of the cities now committing its own resources to launch new family planning and reproductive health activities. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.September 24, 2018en fran çaisIn francophone West Africa, a new method of addressing family planning is taking hold as mayors become more engaged in planning for their communities ’ health and economic development goals. In the last 18 months, mayors and local officials from six cities in four countries have begun reproductive health initiatives thanks to guidance and funding fromthe Challenge Initiative (TCI).In a...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Student Loans Helped Osoro Build a Business and Expand Health Care in Rural Kenya
September 20, 2018He had almost given up on  his dream of owning a health care enterprise. Then he learned about the Afya Elimu Fund. It is 10AM local time, and in Karantini village, Kenya, an elderly man with a walking stick is limping out of the consultations room at Bethany Medical Clinic. You can see he is being careful not to hurt his leg. This is because he ’s recovering from a festering wound that had almost become gangrenous.He is the ninth patient since daybreak for health worker Statius Osoro Ondiba, 24, the proprietor of the medical facility.For months before visiting the clinic, the old man, who...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

New Project Will Use Behavioral Science to Improve Family Planning Services in Uganda
September 17, 2018How can insights into individual behaviors and decisions improve the family planning and reproductive health services Ugandan health workers provide their clients? Through a new award from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, IntraHealth International and ideas42 are teaming up to answer this question.The new research project, called Scale-Up and Capacity Building in Behavioral Science to Improve the Uptake of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (SupCap, for short) will improve the health and well-being of women of reproductive age in Eastern Uganda by helping increase the modern contrac...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Collaboration Is Essential to Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia
September 14, 2018It'll  take a nation to change the numbers for Indonesia's  moms and babies.As Indonesia celebrates its 73rd year of independence, most people are aware of the country ’s impressive economic development over the past few years. But perhaps fewer are aware that, every hour, across this massive archipelago, two mothers and eight newborns die.The country still faces unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality. This is a multi-faceted and complex issue, which requires collaboration between all elements of society to ensure effective measures are taken to improve maternal and new...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Senegal ’s New Roadmap for a Gender Transformative Human Resource Management Policy
September 07, 2018The country is taking steps to change the working lives of health workers —particularly women. Female health workers in Senegal not only juggle full-time jobs during the day and work a “second shift” when the get home at night, but they are often deployed to health posts far from home. This can exacerbate interpersonal and family conflict, including with their spouses. It can also create delays and bottlenecks in the services they provide to their clients.The Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MSAS) recognized the need to be more responsive to these and other issues of g...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Promise of Digital Health in the Fight against Noncommunicable Diseases
September 06, 2018Could activity trackers help stem the global tide of hypertension?Noncommunicable diseases, or NCDs,  kill 41 million people around the world each year, including 15 million whodie prematurely because of them. But did you know that 85% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries?Also known as chronic diseases, NCDs include pulmonary/respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. They are often preventable and develop gradually. There are several risk factors for NCDs, including hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyle and diet.Bu...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Young and HIV-Positive? We See You
September 05, 2018For kids who live with the virus, an empathetic health worker can be a link to a lifetime of successful treatment.“Can you see me?”We heard this question repeatedly and in different ways throughout the week-longInternational AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this summer.The question urged us to consider people who exist entirely at the margins of their societies, struggling for access to health care, for acknowledgement, for basic safety and health —people for whom this biannual gathering is possibly the only venue where they feel fully seen, safe, and prioritized.For some of us, we ’re...
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Picture It: A Day in the Life
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Global Access to Quality, Affordable Care
August 31, 2018This year's  Extreme Affordability Conference in Ghana had something new to offer.Something special happens when stage and subject align. Earlier this summer, after trading air-conditioned ballrooms for steamy tents in sub-Saharan Africa, the Extreme Affordability Conference achieved that alignment. Although the conference has always been about improving access to global health resources, taking the event to Ghana maximized global partnerships in new ways.Leveraging Combined Strengths and ConnectionsThe University of Utah ’s Division of Public Health has been working in Africa for nearly two decad...
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Behind Big Results in Zambia, Big Ideas and a Creative Team
August 30, 2018Meet some of the people who ’ve been driving major progress in HIV care for members of Zambia’s hard-to-reach key populations.Five years is a very short period in the grand scheme of things. But when the right people work together toward a common goal, great things can be achieved.Great things like reaching 738,951 people with HIV testing and counseling. And of the 10% who tested positive, getting 87% initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) to help treat the disease.This is what happened in Zambia, whereIntraHealth International has been working to improve HIV testing and counseling and expand ...
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Picture It: Hill Day Advocacy
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NGOs and Universities Can Team Up to Improve Global Health through Digital Health
August 16, 2018Here's a  process that works—and benefits us all.The Research Triangle area of North Carolina is named for three world-class universities that form a triangle of academic and research excellence: University of North Carolina (UNC), Duke University, and North Carolina State University. We ’re lucky at IntraHealth International that our headquarters falls right in the middle of them.I came to IntraHealth in the fall of 2013, after 20 years at UNC, in part to figure out how to engage these universities in the global health work happening on the ground in countries around the world, and to work ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

One Major Reason the AIDS Epidemic Isn ’t Going Away
It's a serious threat to progress in HIV treatment and prevention —and something we have the knowledge to stop, especially in health care settings.August 08, 2018It's a serious threat to public health and progress in HIV treatment and prevention —and something we have the knowledge to stop.A few years ago Dany Stolbunov, now 20, told his doctor in Ukraine that he wanted to go to medical school. He was sharing his ambitions with someone he admired and trusted, who he thought might believe in him, the person responsible for his care.“I told him I wanted to become a physician, too.”“You can&rsquo...
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New Project Will Bring High-Quality HIV Services to the People Who Need Them Most in Five Central American Countries
August 07, 2018​IntraHealth International will expand its HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts in Central America with a new $15 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Strengthening Care and Treatment Cascade Project will help El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama improve the quality and reach of their HIV services and allocate more resources where they are most needed.While the overall HIV prevalence is low in these countries, the epidemic is concentrated among key groups, including men who have sex with men, transgender women, and female sex workers. Despite these...
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New $48.5 Million Project in Rwanda to Bring High-Quality, Integrated Health Services to Moms, Babies, and Youth
Photo by Christopher Wilson for IntraHealth InternationalAugust 06, 2018Through a new five-year, $48.5 million grant from the US Agency for International Development, a consortium led by IntraHealth International will collaborate with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to reduce preventable infant and maternal deaths, reduce the incidence of malaria, and bring high-quality, integrated health services to more Rwandan mothers, children, and adolescents.The new activity —called Ingobyi, a Kinyarwanda word for a cushion that is used to carry a baby, new bride, or king—will work in 20 districts to:increase equitable acce...
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Picture It: The Challenge Initiative
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SwitchPoint Event in Ghana Showcases West Africa ’s Humanitarian Tech
August 02, 2018Humanitarian thinkers and doers from throughout West Africa and the US participated inIntraHealth International’s first Africa-basedSwitchPoint event last month as part of the annualExtreme Affordability Conference.Over 200 students, health workers, academics, scientists, technologists, venture capitalists, artists, and others gathered for the conference, which was hosted by the University of Utah at Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana, to explore the latest in humanitarian technologies and new approaches to improving health and well-being in the region.“Our friends from Utah invited ...
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Picture It: Happy World Breastfeeding Week
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In Rural Uganda, One Trans Woman Fights for HIV Care for All
July 30, 2018She knows from experience that health workers can either push LGBTI clients away from the care they need —or draw them to it.When I met Sempijja Dalausi, aka Mrs. Pontoshi, the first thing I noticed was her infectious laugh.  A transgender woman and former sex worker, Mrs. Pontoshi lives with HIV in rural Uganda. And she ’s working toward a world where all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community have access to high-quality HIV services.Stigmatized and marginalizedDenial was her first reaction when she tested positive in October 2009.Despite couns...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

HTC Project Brought HIV Services to 800,000 Zambians
July 25, 2018Close to 800,000 Zambians received HIV services —including testing, counseling, antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis screening, and more—through IntraHealth International’sHTC Project, which for five years focused on serving clients who are often the most difficult (and crucial) to reach.Throughout 2012 –2018, the project provided HIV care and services to female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgendered individuals, prison inmates, couples, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, cross-border traders, seasona...
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800,000 Zambians Receive HIV Services as HTC Project Worked to Curb the Country ’s Epidemic
July 25, 2018Close to 800,000 Zambians received HIV services —including testing, counseling, antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis screening, and more—through IntraHealth International’sHTC Project, which for five years focused on serving clients who are often the most difficult (and crucial) to reach.Throughout 2012 –2018, the project provided HIV care and services to female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgendered individuals, prison inmates, couples, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, cross-border traders, seasona...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Twelve Years Later, HIV in Namibia Looks Very Different
July 24, 2018There's been enormous progress here, but adolescent girls and young women still face particular risk.Last month, I returned to Namibia for the first time in 12 years.I lived here in 2005-2006 as a technical advisor to a large HIV/AIDS prevention program —a time when the epidemic was raging through Namibian communities. The prevalence rates were mindboggling, 24% in places such as Katima Mulilo. Although treatment was available, the services were not readily available or accessible.It felt like we couldn ’t inform and educate communities quickly enough or train enough health workers to counsel, test...
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This Tanzanian Couple Plans Together, Dreams Together, and Fights HIV Transmission Together
July 23, 2018A simple procedure is lowering the risk for thousands of couples in  Tanzania.Twenty-one-year-old Khadija Butemi was doing her morning chores when she heard an announcement through a loudspeaker passing by on the nearby country road.There was a campaign going on, it said, for men who wanted to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). She immediately thought of her husband, a 22-year-old fisherman, who was down by the lake fishing.The couple lives with their two-year-old daughter in Nansio, a remote village on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania. VMMC isn ’t routinely offered in the area, and ...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: IntraHealth Tumblr Post The Village People
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SwitchPoint Goes to Ghana
July 18, 2018At the Extreme Affordability Conference in Accra, we saw some of the unusual partnerships and switchpoints that are transforming West Africa ’s health and tech landscape.Nestled on the banks of the Volta River, about 50 miles outside of Accra, Ghana, something big is happening.Ensign College of Public Healthin Kpong is quietly demonstrating how its creative partnership with the government of Ghana, private philanthropists, and the University of Utah can serve as a model for preparing the next generation of global health leaders —and for making extreme affordability a reality.Extreme affordability&m...
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How Do Attacks on Health Care Affect Women?
July 17, 2018When hospitals or clinics are attacked, women often become targets. But what do we know about the real impact on their health and well-being?In April 2017, 60 militia members attacked a hospital in Cinq, a city in the Kasai district of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rebels set fire to a surgical suite, trapping 35 patients inside, and then torched most of the hospital. They sexually assaulted women and girls with sticks and firearms, including a woman who had just given birth hours before.The details of this attack are horrifying. More than 100 people died, including 90 patients and two health workers.B...
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Contraceptive Implants Are Driving Big Gains in Access to Family Planning
July 10, 2018On the road to universal access to family planning, what really gets results? And what's  next?Today, nearly two-thirds of all married or in-union women (64%) worldwide are using contraception,according to the United Nations—from 36% in 1970. And sexually active unmarried women are also using contraception at high rates.The right of women and men to freely plan the number and spacing of their children continues to be auniversally recognized human right. And voluntary family planning —with access to a wide range of contraceptive method options, competent service providers, and supportive health...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Meet the Feminists of Western Mali
July 10, 2018Contraception, sex ed, fistula, female genital mutilation —this group tackles them all. en fran çaisIt seemed like a strange place for a meeting.We had just parked on a side street in Kayes, Mali, and climbed out of the car. It wasn ’t until we rounded a corner and stepped into a wide alley that we found the group we were scheduled to meet, and I saw why we needed such a big space.More than 60 women and girls, ranging from grandmothers to teenagers to infants in arms, were there waiting for us. They rose to their feet, smiling and gesturing to the plush couches they ’d set out for...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news