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Call for Proposals on SRHR Research

Originally posted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO)

This week, NWO-WOTRO launched the first call for proposals for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research programme. This research programme aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights. The call has been developed in close collaboration with the Knowledge Platform Share-Net International and solicits proposals for research to be carried out in Bangladesh or Burundi. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is 5 January 2015. Read more...

New UN Women Report on Women in Development

Originally posted by UN Women on October 14

(New York) — Ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, UN Women released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides an in-depth analysis of sustainable development issues, the challenges and the solutions, through a gender lens. Read more...

Merck Investigator Studies Program Offers Funds for Medical Research

Merck, a leading research-based healthcare company, is offering funds for academic and community-based medical researchers in a number of areas, including maternal health. In particular, research on pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage and maternal morbidity is of interest. Researchers based in the United States may apply through this website, and researchers from outside the U.S. should contact their local Merck office. Read more...

New State of the World’s Mother Report Shows Where Mothers are Dying, How They Can be Thriving

Every day, 800 women and 18,000 young children die from mostly preventable causes, and more than half of these deaths take place in high-risk areas of conflict and natural disaster, according to Save the Children’s new State of the World’s Mothers Report. This annual ranking of the health and well-being of mothers and children worldwide focuses on the impact of humanitarian crisis on maternal, newborn, and child health, and lists the best and worst places to be a mother. Read more...

Take the PMNCH Evidence Synthesis Survey

Do you use research evidence syntheses to change health policy? Advocate for change in health practices? Or perhaps identify research gaps? The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) value your thoughts and feedback on how you use research evidence syntheses, such as the PMNCH Knowledge Summaries, in your work by taking 10 minutes to fill in an online survey. Read more...

Progress for Some Means Our Work is Far From Over

The United Nations released a groundbreaking new report today highlighting substantial, yet unequal and uneven, progress in global health, rights, and development. Fewer women are dying in childbirth than ever before, HIV infection rates have declined, and more girls are receiving an education. Research has proven that when girls are educated, families are healthier and countries are more economically prosperous.

Despite this correlation and the monumental impacts of girls and women on global development, gender inequality, gender-based violence, and the marginalization of under-represented groups continue to serve as tremendous obstacles to further progress. In particular, individuals with disabilities, those from indigenous groups, and those who are LGBT have faced persistent discrimination. Read more...

Development is Being Derailed by Ignoring Equality, Rights and Women’s Health, UN Cautions

Originally posted by UNFPA

New UN report says development gains from the past 20 years cannot be sustained unless governments tackle the inequalities that hurt the poorest and most marginalized

  • The number of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries has fallen dramatically from 47 per cent in 1990 to 22 per cent in 2010
  • But many of the estimated 1 billion people living in the 50-60 poorest countries will stagnate as the rest of the world gets richer

UNITED NATIONS, New York — A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect the poorest and most marginalized, including adolescent girls and women affected by violence as well as rural populations. Read more...

Press Release: Unsafe Abortion Widespread in Burkina Faso

Originally posted by the Guttmacher Institute

Low Level of Contraceptive Use in the Country Fuels High Rate of Unintended Pregnancy

An estimated 105,000 abortions occurred in Burkina Faso in 2012, the vast majority of which were clandestine procedures performed under unsafe conditions that jeopardize Burkinabe women’s health and lives. The finding comes in a new report, Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion in Burkina Faso: Causes and Consequences, released today by the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) of the University of Ouagadougou and the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute. According to the report, 43% of women who had an unsafe abortion experienced complications serious enough to require treatment, but many women did not receive the medical care they needed. Read more...

ICEC Releases New Advocacy Brief on Emergency Contraception

Today, the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) announced the released a new advocacy brief entitled “The Unfinished Agenda: Next Steps to Increase Access to Emergency Contraception". The brief presents a summary of data collected by ICEC and partners on global emergency contraceptive access, including country-level policies and practices, availability across sectors, and awareness of EC among women and providers. Overall, the data suggest that while the past twenty years have seen a dramatic increase in EC availability, access remains limited, especially in developing countries. Read more...

Born Too Soon Report Featured in Reproductive Health Journal

A special supplement on preterm birth, Born Too Soon, is now available on the Reproductive Health journal website. Feauturing updating content from the original 2012 World Health Organization report "Born too soon: the global action on preterm birth", the supplement also includes an infographic with key facts and figures emerging from the data. This report contains the first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates for 184 countries, and recommended action steps to strengthen prevention and care, especially in low-income countries. Read more...

First-Ever Environment and Gender Index Will be Available in November

For the first time in history, there is a tool to monitor progress toward gender equality in the context of global environmental governance. The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) – a project of IUCN – provides the best quantitative data to date on how nations are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning. The index shows that nations which take seriously their commitment to tackling women’s advancement in their environmental efforts are making huge strides beyond survival to long term well-being for all their citizens. Read more...

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces Award Nominees

The Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development today announced 22 Round 3 award nominees from a pool of 53 finalists – innovators who descended on Washington for three days to showcase bold, new ideas to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries with aspirations of international funding to realize their vision. Read more...

New Research Study on Economic Empowerment Strategies for Girls

Yesterday, the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (AGALI) released a new research study on economic empowerment strategies for adolescent girls. Given the powerful linkage between the economic empowerment of girls and women and global development as a whole, this study is a groundbreaking source of information and strategic guidance. Read more...

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Expands Information Database

The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) has now expanded its online reference library, referred to as the Supplies Information Database (SID), in an effort to scale up critical knowledge-sharing. This expansion is great news for researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders looking for a comprehensive listing of up-to-date, reliable information. Read more...

WHO Releases Guidance on Safe Abortion

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an update of the groundbreaking publication, Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems. Since the first publication of the guidance in 2003, updated data has emerged, leading to new methods, approaches and recommendations relating to safe abortion. Read more...

 

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