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Celebrate Solutions: What Does Patient-Centered Family Planning Care Look Like?

By: Claire Watt Rothschild and Catherine Owinga, Jacaranda Health

“I’ve heard it’s a huge metal thing,” Njeri, a new mother, told Jacaranda Health midwife and nurse-in-charge Catherine Owinga at a recent family planning consultation. Njeri was describing what she knew about the copper-bearing intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD), or the “coil,” as it is called locally. Njeri’s fears about an IUCD – that it is so large that it has to be inserted under general anesthesia or can travel through your veins and get stuck in your heart – were familiar to Catherine. Read more...

Men and Boys in Mozambique for Gender Equality

By: Celma Elizabeth Menezes, Fanelo ya Mina 

“O meu pai cuida. Tu és o meu papá” (My dad cares. You are my father) and Atenção: Homem em serviço cuidando do bebé (Beware: man at service taking care of the child) are the name of two concurrent initiatives seeking to address positive engagement of men in Fatherhood, Careviging and SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health) as we are celebrating child's month. These “male friendly” campaigns targeting mostly Mozambican semi-urban men, have the following specific objectives. Read More...

Not All Stockouts Are Created Equal

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver 

A stockout is an event that causes inventory to be exhausted. It can be caused by shortage from a supplier, defective shelf replenishment practices, and many other causes. They are quite common in low- and middle income countries, so much so that most residents of these places have adapted to the occurrence. But what happens when you have a stockout of something that is absolutely irreplaceable? Something like, contraceptives. Read More...

Uganda: midwives shortage hinders efforts to prevent HIV in children

By: Adella Mbabazi; Originally posted on Key Correspondents 

Every day Mercy Nanyonga wakes up, she knows that she is going to help a pregnant woman bring new life into the world. Nanyonga, 40, is a midwife at Bugamba Health Centre IV in Mbarara district, south-western Uganda. Some days, she is the only midwife on duty at the facility which serves seven sub-counties. When asked her how many expectant mothers she attends to in a day, she says: “It depends. Sometimes a dozen, other days about 45.” Read More...

Global Leaders: Get More Girls in the Game!


Against the backdrop of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a coalition of leading athletes and advocates are calling on policymakers and sporting organizations worldwide to increase investments in girls’ sports programs as a path to improve gender and health equality globally. The Call to Action was launched on June 19th at the Girl Power in Play Symposium, hosted by global advocacy organizations Women Deliver, UNICEF, Right to Play, One Goal and Global Alliance for Improved Ntrition (GAIN). Read More...

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