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Celebrate Solutions: Meeting the Reproductive Needs of Refugee Women

By: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern

Somali_Women.jpgIn 2008, while attempting to escape fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Fadhumo* fled the city with two of her seven children. After seeking shelter in the Bariga Bosasso refugee settlement, she was eventually reunited with her sister and remaining children.

Security was limited, however, and the then-pregnant Fadhumo was raped by two men. “I tried to fight them off but they were much stronger. They beat me viciously, breaking both my wrists. They raped me repeatedly without caring that I was pregnant,” Fadhumo told the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As a result of the rape, Fadhumo lost her unborn child and fell into a deep depression. Her ability to support herself or her other children diminished. Thankfully, Fadhumo is now rebuilding her life, has re-launched her grocery business and joined a support group for rape survivors. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Soda Crates to Deliver Essential Health Products

coca_cola_boxes.jpgBy: Madeline Taskier, Strategic Partnerships Associate at Women Deliver 

Why is it that you can get a bottle of soda almost anywhere in the world, but not essential health products? Companies like Coca-Cola have mastered the art of shipping and logistics, reaching the most remote places in the world with their products. ColaLife, a non-profit enterprise, asked this same question and decided to leverage the power and efficiency of Coca-Cola’s distribution systems to bring simple health products to the hardest-to-reach communities.

The need for essential health products is great. Read more...

Family Planning, Healthier Economies

Originally posted by the World Bank on 09/24/2011
By: Julia Ross, Corporate and Home Page Editor for the World Bank website

Countries like South Korea and Thailand have seen similar demographic formulas work to their advantage in recent decades: falling fertility rates lead to burgeoning adult working populations lead to greater economic productivity.

How did they harness these changes to create engines of growth? According to speakers at a World Bank panel on “Realizing the Demographic Dividend,” greater investments in health, family planning, and gender equality paved the way, followed by further investments in education, youth development, and job creation. Read more...

Leaders Call for New Approach to Women’s Health

September 19, 2011, New York. Government, UN and civil society leaders today called for a new approach to women’s healthcare to address the devastating impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases in low and middle-income countries. Today, more than half of all female deaths in low and middle income countries are caused by NCDs. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Coffee Partnership Works to Prevent Cervical Cancer

coffee_beans.jpgBy: Kristin Rosella, Program Associate for Strategic Partnerships for Women Deliver

Thousands of women in low-resource areas of Mexico, Nicaragua, and Tanzania are now getting life-saving cervical cancer screenings through a unique public-private partnership between Grounds for Health, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, and coffee-farming cooperatives. Read more...

Corporate Involvement Could Be the Key to Addressing Maternal Health

Corporate investments in the health and well-being of girls and women, if effectively harnessed and directed, could be the key to addressing maternal and newborn health challenges, according to a new report released by The National Bureau of Asian Research Center for Health and Aging. Read more...

Women: A Powerful Solution to the Non-Communicable Diseases Crisis

By: Nalini Saligram, global health advocate and Founder & CEO of Arogya World; originally posted on Huffington Post

Women are powerful.

Women are central figures in every family, affecting the health -- and future -- of children everywhere. Women also shape world policy. We advocate hard for issues we care deeply about. Last year, it was women who made saving lives during childbirth THE issue of the year. Women got world leaders to commit to action. Womens voices count.

UN Side Event: African First Ladies Forum

First-Ladies.jpgFirst Ladies & Health Ministers Forum: Developing Your Action Plan for Women’s Health will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 and is presented by the Princess of Africa Foundation, International Development Strategies, Vestergaard Frandsen and Women Deliver. The discussion will focus on how we can improve women’s health together with other First Ladies and their respective Ministers of Health, officials from the World Bank and the World Health Organization, global health leaders, CEOs from corporations, the diplomatic community, and high profile humanitarians. Read more...

Historic U.N. Ruling Finds Brazil Violates Woman’s Human Rights in Maternal Death Case

In the first-ever maternal death case to be decided by an international human rights body, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women established that governments have a human rights obligation to guarantee that all women in their countries—regardless of income or racial background—have access to timely, non-discriminatory, and appropriate maternal health services. Read more…

Celebrate Solutions: Integrating Family Planning and Fuel Efficiency for Better Health, Environment

tanzania.gifBy: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern at Women Deliver

Rukia Seif holds an unusual place in her community.

In addition, to being a mother of three, Seif is a population, health, and environment (PHE) peer educator in her Tanzanian village on the outskirts of Saadani National Park. Read more...

Ensuring Universal Access to Reproductive Health Supplies

Helping women around the world gain universal access to reproductive health supplies demands that the development community pursue three strategies across the next five “especially critical” years, according to the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. This period will see the global community intensify efforts to meet Millennium Development Goal 5 to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Kenya to Spend $3.4 Million to Give Free Sanitary Pads to School Girls

kenya_girl.JPGBy: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern at Women Deliver

The Kenyan finance ministry this month announced plans to allocate $3.4 million in the current fiscal budget to provide free sanitary pads to school girls in an effort to remove a major barrier to education in the east African nation. Read more...

Mothers Facing Famine in Horn of Africa

By: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is intensifying its efforts to assist mothers affected by famine and displacement in the Horn of Africa.

“We call upon the international community to urgently look after the unique needs of pregnant women and mothers whose families’ survival are particularly at risk,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said in an agency release. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior in Bihar

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Communications Specialist at Women Deliver

In Bihar, one of India’s least developed and most populous states, men and women seeking information on contraceptives have faced barriers of all kinds: cultural, financial and socio-economic. The need for action is apparent: 58 percent of the population is under age 25, the median age of marriage for women from traditional villages is 15, and 28 percent of women give birth to their first child before the age of 18. In response, Pathfinder’s Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior (PRACHAR) Project has been working since 2001 to transform attitudes and behaviors around contraceptive use and demand, with the aim of delaying and spacing pregnancies among adolescents and newlywed couples. Read more...

U.N. Women: Ten Recommendations for Making Justice Systems Work for Women

A new report by U.N. Women argues that in many countries the “infrastructure of justice—the police, the courts, and the judiciary—is failing women” and needs to be reformed to provide legal support that serves women’s needs. Read more...

NPR Summer Series on Maternal and Child Health

This summer, NPR’s afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered is doing a summer-long series called “Beginnings: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond.” A far-reaching collection of reports and features looking at medical, cultural and economic aspects of birth around the world, "Beginnings" will air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August 2011. Read more...

Watch the Video of Prevention and Protection Save Lives: Girls, Women, & HIV

Early this month, over 120 ambassadors, ministers, parliamentarians, advocates, youth and media gathered today at the International Peace Institute (IPI) for a high-level policy forum, Prevention and Protection Save Lives: Girls, Women and HIV, co-hosted by Women Deliver, IPI, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations and Family Care International. Watch the video of the event, and click through to see part II:

Girls, Women, and HIV, Part 1 from International Peace Institute on Vimeo.

Save the Date: Women Deliver Announces Third Conference Will Be Held in Malaysia in 2013

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A global event devoted to increasing investment in girls and women will bring together advocates, UN agencies, researchers, government officials, and global leaders

New York – Women Deliver announced today that it will hold its third conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 28-30 May 2013. The first Women Deliver conference to take place in Asia, this landmark event will push global and local leaders to deliver solutions that will ensure the health and well-being of girls and women around the world. Read more...

The Power of Business to Impact the Health of Girls and Women

By: Kristin Rosella, Program Associate for Strategic Partnerships at Women Deliver

Last week (June 1-2, 2011), GBCHealth, formerly known as the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, announced that it will expand its mission to a broader public health mandate, including a focus on girls’ and women’s health, education, and empowerment. The announcement came during the GBCHealth 10th Anniversary Conference held in New York, NY on June 1-2, 2011. For more than a decade, GBCHealth has been working to engage the private sector in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, to increase the number of corporate health programs, and to improve partnerships with civil society and governments. And now, GBCHealth will not only take on a new name, but it will take on new responsibility in the fight for better global health. Read more...

Ending HIV Starts With Women

By: Serra Sippel, President of the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington, D.C.; originally posted on the Huffington Post

We can end HIV/AIDS right now if we want to. We already know how. We know how it is transmitted; we know how to prevent and treat it. We are just not doing what it takes to end it.

The United States and other countries represented at the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, which starts today, can change that. Unfortunately, there are already signs that we are going to stay the same failed course. Some country delegations, led by the Holy See (note: a non-member state with no epidemic that is neither a donor or aid recipient country), are working to block all references in the final outcome document to womens rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services. Despite the fact that sexual transmission is the number one way HIV is spread, despite the fact that women account for half of all people globally living with HIV, some countries would rather pursue a moralistic agenda around sex and women than put an end to AIDS.

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