Posts Tagged ‘ Family Planning ’

Ending the Shame for Women and Girls: The Effort to End Fistula

May 22nd, 2013 | By
Three young women patients wait to check-in for treatment of fistula in Sudan (photo credit: UN Photo/Fred Noy)

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org This May 23rd will mark the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.  This is a treatable condition that sadly afflicts women and girls in developing nations that lack decent maternal care. It is hoped that this problem can finally be dealt with by focusing global attention on it, thereby helping
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Giving Youth a Hand to Create a Sustainable World

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Today’s global youth, of course, will inherit the world.  And given the state of this world, it is more important than ever to invest in young adults, and help provide them with opportunities to create a healthy society. One specific project in Ethiopia is providing much hope.  It is called Tena
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Empowering Communities in Ethiopia

Mar 22nd, 2013 | By
Ethiopian women at one of the GPSDO village sites.

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There is nothing like going out into the field and seeing first-hand what is happening on the ground to validate your work and experience.  That’s when you learn how projects, ideas and initiatives can really work (or in some cases, not work). Here in Ethiopia, after the recent conference of the
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Shining a Light on Protecting People and the Planet

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If you are concerned at all about world population growth, human rights (and especially women’s rights), and protecting the environment, then you should know about how PHE (Population, Health and Environment) programs can effectively address these issues. PHE projects are relatively new in the development sector, but this holistic approach recognizes
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Attention Doha: Connect Population and Women to the Global Climate Talks

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
Pakistani women fetching water from an artesian well. (photo credit: Caroline Suzman / World Bank)

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Mainstream news coverage of the ongoing climate talks barely exists, and any real progress from Doha would be an unexpected and pleasant surprise, as even its participants would agree (perhaps that was why Qatar, the heart of the fossil fuel industry, was chosen as the venue). This despite some increase in
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The Triple Bottom Line: Investing in Women and Girls

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org One of the biggest returns on investment for people and the planet is supporting the health of women and girls, especially in terms of voluntary family planning services. As we recognize the International Day of the Girl this October 11th, it is a good time to go beyond traditional development ideas
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Over 222 Million Reasons to Celebrate World Contraception Day

Sep 26th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org World Contraception Day is September 26th. There are numerous reasons why this day should be celebrated and awareness raised on using contraceptives. Contraception makes it possible for couples to enjoy the pleasures of intimacy without the consequences of pregnancy. Fully 61 percent of all couples in the world today are having
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The Reproductive Rights of Refugees

Sep 5th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. As the fighting and political crisis in Syria escalates, the number of people fleeing the turmoil also increases. Nearly 130,000 people have fled Syria and taken refuge in neighboring countries since the conflict began. Globally, the UN estimates that for any crisis situation, one in five women of childbearing age is
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Good News on Women and Healthcare

Aug 7th, 2012 | By
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Good news on women and healthcare, on August 1st, the contraception coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, which requires employers and insurers to offer “free” (without a co-pay) contraceptive coverage, along with access to other preventive health care services, to those women with health insurance policies. (Jodi Jacobson of RH Reality
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Assessing the State of Women in South Sudan

Jul 26th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org As much of the women’s rights and international development communities focused well-deserved attention on the London Summit on Family Planning in early July, South Sudan celebrated its first anniversary as a nation. Which made me wonder, what is the state of women in this newest of countries? South Sudan is a
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