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Celebrate Solutions: Rwandan Radio Drama Raises National Health Awareness

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

Urunana, a Rwandan radio soap, is raising national sexual and reproductive health awareness by broadcasting health information weekly to approximately 10 million people. The engaging plots regularly draw 74% of Rwanda’s population to tune into new episodes twice a week. The show addresses subjects that are often met with silence: HIV and AIDS, family planning, domestic violence, and rape. Where the national average life expectancy is 55 years old and the number of maternal deaths is ranked 145th out of 180, it is vital that Rwandans learn about topical health issues. Read more...

The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) Relaunches Website

The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception's (ICEC) mission is to expand access to emergency contraception (EC) around the world, with a focus on developing countries. EC is a safe contraceptive method that offers women a valuable second chance to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse has taken place; it is especially valuable in case cases of rape of sexual coercion, but it is still underutilized in much of the world. ICEC brings together over 2,000 health care providers, pharmacists, researchers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and others committed to our mission. Read more...

GHD Launched its World Economic Forum Edition on Accountability and Transparency in Global Health

Originally posted in Global Health and Diplomacy

The Center for Global Health & Diplomacy (GHD) launched its World Economic Forum (WEF) edition on Accountability and Transparency in Global Health, featuring President Kikwete and Prime Minister Harper.

Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013 – With World Bank estimates indicating that up to 80% of health funds never reach local facilities in some countries, The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD)’s WEF edition features global health leaders and champions writing about the importance that accountability and transparency play in battling maternal health deaths and deadly disease such as Malaria and Tuberculosis. Read more...

Yes We Can, And This Is Why We Do It Every Day

By: Karen Beattie, Director of Fistula Care and Associate Vice President of Strategy and Impact, EngenderHealth; Originally posted on EngenderHealth

Reflections from Karen Beattie, a lifelong global women’s health advocate on the closing ceremony of the Global Maternal Health Conference, 2013
It was the end of three days of meetings, and I seriously considered skipping out on the closing plenary session. But – I knew Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla would be speaking and I have learned that one should never miss an opportunity to hear his thoughts. For those uninitiated, Dr. Fathalla is a professor at Assiut University in Egypt, a former head of the reproductive health division at WHO, and the father of the Safe Motherhood initiative. Read more...

Women Deliver Welcomes New Board Members

Saundra Pelletier of WomanCare Global and Dr. Imane Khachani of Maternity Hospital Les Orangers in Morocco Join the Global Advocacy Organization’s Board

Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women, is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, effective immediately: Saundra Pelletier, founding CEO of WomanCare Global, an organization that provides access to safe, affordable, quality reproductive healthcare products to women around the world; and Dr. Imane Khachani, an MD Resident in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine at the Maternity Hospital Les Orangers, National Reference Center in Reproductive Health, in Rabat, Morocco. Read more...

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