A Fistula-Free Generation Is Possible

By: Pamela Barnes and Dr. Joseph Ruminjo; Originally posted on Huffington Post

We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth's Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia. We are here with our incredible partners -- government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, doctors, community health providers and hospital administrators -- to share lessons learned and chart the way forward toward achieving a fistula-free generation. Read more...

Celebrating Progress and Looking to the Future

By: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver

While deep into the planning stages of Women Deliver 2010, my phone rang and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office was on the other end. I was stunned, and also thrilled—it’s not every day that the head of the UN calls to ask to be part of an event. But the Secretary-General’s steadfast dedication to the health and well-being of girls and women has been clear from the beginning. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Using Cash Transfers to Promote Safe Births in India

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

Global maternal mortality rates may be on the decline, but mothers in India continue to die from preventable causes at alarming rates. In 2010, 56,000 deaths were reported throughout the country, with one in every 140 women dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Through a conditional cash transfer program, Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), the Indian government is working to ensure that no woman dies while giving life. Read more...

This is NOT the Future We Want

Originally Posted By: Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

There are few youth sexual and reproductive health and rights activists present in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 Summit. We may not have strength in numbers, but we are making noise. We are making noise in support of our rights, our health and our futures.

We are at a critical time, when governments are making significant decisions about our sexual and reproductive health and rights, specifically our ability to access information, modern contraception and services, the human rights of young women and girls, and the recognition of adolescents’ SRHR. These decisions will have a serious impact on today’s generation of young people, as well as future generations of young people around the world. Read more...


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