Calls for action over maternal deaths as UN figures show slow recent progress

By: Liz Ford; Originally posted on The Guardian

The number of women dying in childbirth has dropped by almost 44% over the past 25 years, according to the latest UN figures. But women’s rights activists said the figures were disappointing.The number of maternal deaths fell from an estimated 532,000 to 303,000. Read More... 

Youth Must Help Lead the Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By: Ana Aguilera, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally Posted on Ipas

A volcanic eruption has prevented young leaders from convening this week at the now-postponed International Conference on Family Planning. But it won’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic!

Young people both need and have a right to access comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health-care services. This includes contraceptive services; pregnancy care; the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and safe and accessible abortion.


Stigma Deters Young People from Accessing Contraception in Nigeria

By: Nnamdi Eseme, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation

Many young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, making it hard for them to access family planning and HIV services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. Read More...


Celebrate Solutions: Social Franchising Clinics in Vietnam

By: Kelsi Boyle, Women Deliver

Vietnam’s fertility rate declined rapidly from the 1970s when it was estimated to be six, down to four by the early 1990s, only two by 2000, and has been relatively stable since. Good progress has been made to expand access to quality reproductive health, including family planning and increased use of modern contraception, with the contraceptive prevalence rate increasing from 74% in 2001 to 80% in 2008. Read More...

Creating Changes in Women’s Health with Mobile Apps

There are over 6.8 billion cellphone users in the world – 1 billion of those users are women in low and middle income countries. While not every phone has the ability to download mobile apps, the idea of having apps targeted towards issues in women’s health is groundbreaking. That’s why a handful of individuals and companies have taken on this task and begun to create mobile accessible solutions for things like, maternal mortality and managing your menstrual cycle. Read More...

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