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Bloomberg Showcases Devastating Maternal Care in India

A heartbreaking story in today’s Bloomberg.com news highlights the devastating impact of India’s poor treatment of women, especially as they prepare for childbirth. Emphasizing the abysmal care for one young mother, the story reinforces the international affront of the November expose of women who were giving forced sterilizations. This time, however, the story is even more telling, as bribery, corruption and heartless care impact the ultimate and sadly predictable poor outcome for both mother and child.

Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iverson says, “Losing a woman due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is a tragedy. Every time. Whether in India or in any country of the world, it is a loss for families, as well as nations. re India, focusing on social accountability programs as a way to improve the quality of maternal care and a mechanism for more effective policy implementation. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Transforming the Economic Status of Marginalized Women in India

By: Rehema Namukose

Marginalized populations of people living with HIV/AIDS often suffer from stigma and discrimination. This discourages many of them from getting tested, and seeking or adhering to treatment and care. It affects their emotional well-being, dignity and quality of life thereby hindering many from achieving their full potential.

Marginalization is one of the major factors contributing to the low decline rate of HIV/AIDS infections globally. In 2013, there were 4.8 million people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific, with an estimated 3.1 million adults not receiving antiretroviral therapy, resulting in many deaths. India alone accounted for 51% of the total 250,000 deaths. Read more...

Twenty Years After ICPD, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Still a Challenge

Originally posted by Pathfinder International

As the founder of Big Steps Outreach Network, an organization in Cameroon providing young people with skills, tools, and opportunities, 26-year-old Victor Abongwa pays close attention to the sexual health needs of his peers.

“Sexual and reproductive health sets young people in the right direction,” he said as a panelist at the Dec. 15 launch event for the Journal of Adolescent Health’s special supplement. “It gives them the right frame of mind so they can be in good health to do the things they want to do.” Read more...

Unleash Adolescent Girls’ Potential: A Response to the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General released The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet, a report that laid out six human rights and sustainability principles to guide us towards achieving sustainable development. The Report highlighted the importance of including youth in the post-2015 international development process, but could have gone further in affirming the unique rights and needs of more than 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty today. Read more...

International Migrants Day 2014: The Most Vulnerable

A statement from the independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health; Originally posted by WHO

GENEVA, DECEMBER 18, 2014 - As we commemorate today International Migrants Day, there are more people living abroad, more Internally Displaced People (IDP’s), more irregular migrants, more refugees, and more asylum seekers than ever before in the history of mankind.

Many of these people live under degrading conditions, facing the threat of becoming victims of human trafficking, facing discrimination, racism, violence, they are prone to disease and have no, or very poor and limited, access to basic human rights like education and health care. Read more...

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