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Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations" - Melinda Gates

Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known", philanthropist Melinda Gates said, calling for family planning to be made a global priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by freeing up women to work, and leads to smaller families with parents able to devote more resources to their children`s health and education, Gates told an international summit in London on family planning. Financial commitments announced at the conference were expected to total at least $2.5 billion - of which $1.5 billion has been pledged by countries in Africa and Asia

July 11, 2017
Reuters, Trust.org

How bitter herbs and botched abortions kill three women a day in the Philippines

In a country where most women don’t use contraceptives and terminating pregnancy is illegal, ‘torturous’ practices are often the only option. More than 65% of women don’t use modern contraceptives, and maternal mortality rates are still high in the Philippines, standing at 114 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015. Although it’s against the law to end a pregnancy in the Philippines, an estimated 610,000 abortions take place every year

July 10, 2017
The Guardian

In Poland, Being a Woman Can Be Bad for Your Health

After last year’s attempt to impose a near-total ban on abortion, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has introduced a bill to limit sales of emergency contraception, or the “morning-after pill,” which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, including in cases of rape. Under the pretence of ensuring quality health care, Poland’s Minister of Health said the law is to allow women to get medical advice about “whether these substances negatively affect health.” In reality, it is a pretext to further limit reproductive choice

June 6, 2017
Human Rights Watch

Abortion pill group's Facebook page deleted over promoting 'drug use'

Facebook censored the page of an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, citing its policy against ‘the promotion or encouragement of drug use.’ Women on Web, which is based in Amsterdam, helps connect women with doctors who can provide abortion pills if they live in countries where abortion is restricted. It is a sister organization to Women on Waves, which provides abortions and other reproductive services on a ship in international waters 

May 11, 2017
The Guardian
May 12, 2017
Newsweek, Telegraph, International Business Times

Ashanti ups effort to fight teen sex and pregnancy

The campaign to bring down the rates of teen pregnancy has been scaled up in Ghana’s Ashanti region with the training of more young people for reproductive health advocacy. This is being done under the guidance of the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health project, an intervention to improve youth health information and quality reproductive services

May 6, 2017

Now, Get Condoms Delivered To Your Doorstep Absolutely Free

A bold new initiative in India is seeking to find a way around the social stigma of buying condoms and a lack of privacy in chemist shops by delivering them to your door free of cost. The global charity AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched this first free condom store and any NGO, government body or private institute which wishes to add condom distribution to their services can do so. The aim is to meet the shortfall in supply and for active measures in controlling the spread of HIV (

April 28, 2017
Huffington Post, Doctor NDTV, zeenews
April 27, 2017
International Business Times
April 28, 2017
News Nation
April 27, 2017
The News Minute, The Ladies Finger

Dutch boat handing out abortion pills at sea hopes to makes waves in Mexico

A Dutch boat carrying abortion pills for women anchored off the coast of Mexico, in a move designed to draw attention to the country’s stringent abortion laws and barriers faced by women seeking to end their pregnancies. The boat, operated by Dutch non-profit group Women on Waves, provides free abortion services for women up to 9 weeks pregnant in international waters where abortion is banned or restricted

April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017
Noticia al Dia, fr.news.yahoo

Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds

President Donald Trump signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners. “Allowing states to withhold Title X funding from family planning clinics won’t make anyone safer or healthier – it will instead place essential services out of reach, a spokesperson for Physicians for Reproductive Health said, adding that for many the clinics are the only place where they can receive affordable health services such as disease testing

April 13, 2017
Reuters, Bloomberg

India, better access to contraception is key to reducing maternal deaths

In India one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every 12 minutes, the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide. For an estimated 45,000 Indian women every year, getting pregnant turns out to be a death sentence but it does not have to be this way. Maternal mortality could be reduced by a third just through healthy timing and spacing of births. So it is essential to a woman’s health that they be able to control whether and when they get pregnant, and this means they need access to

April 11, 2017
The Wire

U.N. chief warns U.S. funding cut may have devastating effects

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a decision by the United States to withdraw all funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) could have ‘devastating effects’ on vulnerable women and girls around the world. The U.S. State Department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.’ A UN spokesperson said Guteress ‘believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA’

April 4, 2017
April 3, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 5, 2017

Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissioner

Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful of women’s rights, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner said. Rules on terminating a pregnancy are among the world’s most restrictive and a referendum of widening access could be held if a citizens’ assembly set up by the government recommends it in a decision expected next month. Commissioner Nils Muiznieks said it has a chilling effect on doctors who must decide who meets the restrictive requirements

March 30, 2017
March 29, 2017
Yahoo News

A New Kind of Male Birth Control Is Coming

A new birth control method for men came a little closer after Indian researchers said they are preparing to submit it for regulatory approval after years of testing. Results say it’s safe, effective and easy to use, but it has gained no interest from drug makers. The reversible procedure could cost as little as $10 in poorer countries and may provide males with years of fertility control, overcoming compliance problems and avoiding associated  costs with condoms and the female birth control pill taken daily. It could also ease the burden on the 225m women in developing countries who have an unmet need for contraception. So far drug companies run by white males say ‘we’d never do it’ so its pick up for international markets is being held back

March 29, 2017
Bloomberg, Live Mint

Durex Wants to Break India's Condom-Buying Taboo

India has condom use of less than 6% in a country also battling the world’s third highest HIV burden. It also has more married women without family planning than any other country. Reckitt Benckiser Group is trying to counter that with its release in India of ‘Durex Jeans,’ two condom packs in packaging resembling the leather patches sewn on denim jeans and displayed in jar-like bowls on drugstore counters. The aim is to help consumers overcome the embarrassment of buying a product linked with sex, a taboo subject in conservative India

March 26, 2017

Contraceptive Pill Protects Against Some Cancers ‘For At Least 30 Years’

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen said women who take the contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years, according to a new study

March 22, 2017
Huffington Post, Telegraph, The Guardian

Why have four children when you could have seven? Family planning in Niger

With the world’s highest birth rate, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing contraception but what if women in society don’t mind having more children? 

March 15, 2017
The Guardian

Filipino women struggle for birth control

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order calling for the full implementation of the so-called Reproductive Health Law which would give an estimated 6m women in need access to birth control. But unless the Supreme Court lifts its temporary restraining order on the registration of contraceptives, the Philippines may run out by 2020. According to government data an estimated 2m women are poor and require government assistance to access contraceptives

March 13, 2017
Deutsche Welle

Ireland Has To Trust Women With Their Own Reproductive Rights - If Not More Will Die

Eleven women travel every single day from Ireland to the UK in order to access safe abortions. The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign called for women’s reproductive rights to be recognised

March 13, 2017
Huffington Post

Bolivia Eyes Legalizing Abortion for Women in Extreme Poverty

Bolivia is considering legalizing abortion for women in extreme poverty. The proposal seeks to decriminalize abortion in nine cases, including in the case of mothers who are living in poverty and do not have the resources to support the child  

March 12, 2017

After Trump ban, Brussels pro-choice conference raises 181 million euros

A Brussels conference to finance global family planning initiatives raised 181m euros, after the U.S. halted such programmes, which had left NGOs worldwide with a large funding gap

March 2, 2017

As H.I.V. Soars in Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan

‘The Philippines has the fastest growing HIV infection rate in Asia and it is risking letting the infection get out of control,’ according to Steven Kraus, director of UN Aids Asia and the Pacific. The decision to scrap a plan to hand out condoms to school seniors and train teachers to counsel students on how to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, was knocked down by the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians

February 28, 2017
The New York Times

Non communicable diseases

Abortion is a women’s issue. So why do men dominate media coverage of it?

A new report commissioned by the Women’s Media Center analysed 1,385 pieces of news on abortion, including opinion columns and editorials that appeared in 12 publications and found that men wrote 52% of those pieces which had a by-line attached , while women wrote just 37% of them

March 22, 2017
Washington Post

Health systems

California to give health clinics $20 million to counter possible Trump cuts

California will announce plans to award $20 million in emergency grants to local health and Planned Parenthood clinics in anticipation of possible U.S. healthcare funding cuts, according to State Treasurer John Chiang`s office. The grants are intended to buy time for state lawmakers to address potential shortfalls caused by federal attempts to undo the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, and to eliminate funding for women’s health and for contraception, the state said

June 17, 2017

How Trump has made the Department of Health and Human Services a center of false science on cont...

President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have stocked the corridors of health policy with purveyors of conclusively debunked claptrap about contraception, abortion, pregnancy and women’s reproductive health generally. Among their themes is that condoms don’t protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and that abortions and contraceptives cause breast cancer, miscarriages and infertility. None of these assertions is true

June 15, 2017
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2017
New England Journal of Medicine

Health Sector Prepares for Antiabortion Policy’s Impact on HIV/AIDS Fight

Health officials and experts said they will monitor how the Trump administration’s expansion of an anti-abortion policy affects a longstanding initiative to beat back the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. How the new policy will affect the U.S. war on HIV overseas will depend in part on which foreign NGOs sign the new clause to receive PEPFAR funding, a senior State department official said. The detailed data PEPFAR regularly collects on the use of its funding would be watched closely for signs that its reach is either being expanded or is being restricted

May 16, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Trump expansion of abortion ‘gag rule’ will restrict $8.8 billion in U.S. aid

President Trump’s executive order to block U.S. aid to groups abroad that counsel or provide referrals about abortion went into effect Monday and will restrict nearly $9bn in foreign health assistance. Senior administration officials confirmed that Trump’s executive order will hit programmes such as AIDS, malaria and child health. About $6bn of this money supports HIV/Aids services, primarily in Africa, as part of the PEPFAR programme established in 2003. Another initiative expected to be hard hit is the President’s Malaria Initiative 

May 15, 2017
Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Guardian
May 16, 2017
NBCNews, Sky News
May 15, 2017
Devex, Reuters

PREP can play significant role in HIV/Aids prevention

The Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu Foundation said PREP ‘can play a significant role in terms of HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.’ Becker added ‘adolescents and young women will in particular benefit from this new prevention scale-up method, particularly now that the world wants to prioritise primary prevention for women and young girls’

March 15, 2017
New Era, Standard Media, Tuko Kenya