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Maternal Mortality in Cameroon: An Urgent Need for Action

By: Nehsuh Carine Alongifor, Women Deliver Young Leader

Maternal mortality continues to escalate in most African countries and the target to reduce maternal deaths and ensure universal access to family planning services is far from being met. Cameroon is no exception; according to different national demographic and health surveys, even with the rising prevalence of modern contraception, maternal mortality has increased over the years with 430 per 100,000 live births in 1991 to 430 in 1998, 669 in 2004, and 782 in 2011. Read more...

Reaping the Demographic Dividend: the Role of Young People in Sustainable Development

By: Isaac Ejakhegbe, Women Deliver Young Leader

Young people between the ages of 10 and 24 make up 1.8 billion  of the world population—they are strong, vibrant and have the potential to bring about huge development and social progress in any economy. With more young people concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, developing nations need to harness the strengths and advantages of having a surge in the youth population, one  that only needs to be educated and empowered in order to turn the fortune of their nations around. Read more...

What role can young people play in ending female genital mutilation in Nigeria?

By: Nnamdi Eseme, Women Deliver Young Leader

Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria continues to raise the concern among young people, especially girls and women. According to the World Health Organization, female genital mutilation is defined as all procedures which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia and/or injury to the female genital organs, whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reasons.  The procedure can be incredibly painful, and it can also lead to harmful side effects such as excessive bleeding, genital tissue swelling, fever, infections, urinary problems, and even death. The need to end this practice is great. Read more...

What Does ‘Equality’ Mean on International Women’s Day?

On International Women's Day 2016,  Women Deliver Young Leaders share what "equality" means to them.

“In 2014, I shared a picture with some of the Nigerian adolescent girls I work with of a female Civil Engineer in her bright orange overalls, deeply engrossed in a building project with her all-male-but-one team. The girls cringed. They all thought it was a ‘weird’ place for a young woman to be. To my mind, equality means that this table of ‘weirdness’ is flipped, and all members of my society cringe instead at the absence of women across several socio-economic spaces.” –Olaoluwa Abagun Read more...

Love in the Times of Zika: Public Health Strategies and Women’s SRHR in Latin America

By: Lucía Berro Pizzarossa and Marinella Matejcic, Women Deliver Young Leaders

The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency in response to the Zika virus, stating that "the level of alarm is extremely high." At the same time, Latin American governments are asking women "not to get pregnant." The virus, first discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, was initially thought to be harmless until a causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes was suspected. Read more...

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