A Win for Reproductive Health in the Philippines

A Win for Reproductive Health in the Philippines

Reproductive health activists in the Philippines have to cause to celebrate, as the country has dissolved a major impediment to women exercising autonomy over their bodies.  A Nov. 10 advisory from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration verified 51 contraceptives as “non-abortifacient” after backlash from pro-life organizations prompted a governmental review. In a momentous win for women, the country’s 2012 Reproductive Health Law ensured those "living in the deeply Catholic and densely populated nation universal access to contraception, fertility control and maternal care, and mandated sex education in schools,” according to the New York Times. However, allegations equating contraceptives with abortifacients prompted the Supreme Court to impose partial restrictions on the law in 2015, effectively revoking crucial rights the Reproductive Health Law afforded women. A July ruling required FDA clearance of the contraceptives to lift the restraining order. The administration's list, published Sunday, includes injectables, intrauterine devices and pills, as well as implants, of which the Philippine health department has more than 200,000...
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Contraception offered in Rohingya Camps

Contraception offered in Rohingya Camps

Over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar, and are currently living in crowded and under-resourced refugee camps. Reproductive health services are often non-existent or severely limited in refugee camps, yet these services are desperately needed by women and girls living in the camps. Bangladesh has begun to offer birth control pills, injectables, and condoms in the camps, and is hiring more staff to offer reproductive health services, including family planning counseling. This is not a service that should be optional in refugee camps, and we hope services continue as long as they are needed....
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#notwithoutrepro

#notwithoutrepro

On Thursday November 2nd, Ivanka Trump traveled to Japan to speak at the World Assembly of Women. In her remarks, Trump commented on the importance of shaping a more realistic picture of women who work (be it in the home, outside, or a combination of both), and that women need to be afforded the same opportunities as their male peers. As she talked about her daughter, she said: "It is my hope that by the time my daughter Arabella grows into a woman, she will not be defined by whether she works inside or outside the home. She will simply be a woman afforded the same opportunities as her male peers and equipped with the education and support she needs to fulfill her unique potential." For her daughter, or girls around the world to do this? They need access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Without the ability to decide and control their reproductive futures, girls choices are taken away from them. They will...
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Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest

Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) announced its fifth annual Reflection Essay Contest. The contest is co-sponsored by CUGH, Child Family Health International, University of Pittsburg Center for Global Health and Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. Trainees from undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels and Global Health faculty/practitioners are encouraged to submit an essay to the contest. Winners will be invited to attend and read their essays at the CUGH 2018 Annual Conference (March 16-18, 2018) in New York, NY. Submissions are due by midnight EST on November 12, 2017. For more information, please visit the CUGH website....
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Free online course from the Lancet Maternal Health Series

Free online course from the Lancet Maternal Health Series

This limited-time, free online course based on the Lancet Maternal Health Series will explore the state of maternal health around the world. Students, researchers and implementers are invited to join to review the latest evidence and learn what is needed to ensure good-quality, woman-centered maternal healthcare for all. You will cover topics that include epidemiology of maternal and neonatal health, patterns in health care delivery, what constitutes quality maternal health care and how it related to respectful care, and challenges and opportunities in the Sustainable Development Goals. Check it out! Link to the online course: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/maternal-health...
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Beyonce, SDGs, and #DayoftheGirl

Beyonce, SDGs, and #DayoftheGirl

October 11th is International Day of the Girl. Adolescent girls continue to face worse health comes across the world. They are more likely to have an unmet need for family planning due to restrictive age policies, stigma, and ability to access services. They are more likely to be pulled out of school at a young age, and face increasing rates of sexual violence. Girls around the world have the right to be free to attend school, be safe from violence, make their own reproductive health decisions, and have a childhood. Beyonce lends her hand to this amazing video showing why #freedomforgirls is so important. ...
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Investing in Global Health for Our Future

Investing in Global Health for Our Future

With a change in administration in 2016 for the United States, the future of U.S. investments in global health are unclear. A 14 member committee convened to review the most recent evidence and provide recommendations for global health investments and resource prioritization. Read an overview of the committee's recommendations here....
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