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Girls’ Participation in Sports: What We Know and What We Need to Know

By: Martha Brady, Population Council 

This month Canada is hosting the largest and most diverse Women’s World Cup tournament in history. With 24 teams (up from 16 in 2011), hundreds of players, and tens of thousands of fans from across the globe, the 2015 Women’s World Cup clearly illustrates the extraordinary growth in women’s sports. In addition to the expected teams from Europe, England, Canada, the United States, Japan, China, and Australia, exciting and powerful teams from low and middle income countries have been performing on this world stage. Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Korea, among others, have played to record crowds in stadiums throughout Canada. Read More...

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...

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