Posts Tagged: child health
June 9, 2015
Fifty years ago, birth control was illegal and there was no constitutional right to privacy. Yes, in my lifetime, just 50 years ago. It was available to many (with the usual caveats that the recipient had resources, lived in a place where it could be obtained discreetly, and so on)—but it was still illegal.
June 5, 2015
Today is World Environment Day, and we’re sure you’ve found a way to celebrate. Here are two promising tidbits we’re tracking today.
June 5, 2015
DHUNKHARKA, Nepal – In the 14 worst-affected districts, 1.4 million women and girls of childbearing age are affected by the disaster, including 93,000 pregnant women. Of these, an estimated 10,300 will give birth each month. The mobile reproductive camps were initiated on 30 April through a collaboration between UNFPA, local health authorities and NGO partners including the Family… Read more »
June 5, 2015
More than a month has passed since homes and lives were shattered by Nepal’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The disaster triggered landslides and violent aftershocks that have pushed families out of their houses in the weeks ahead of monsoon season. Yet even after the crisis garnered international attention, over a million women and girls remain in need of essential reproductive health care.
May 9, 2015
The coverage of the Nepal earthquake offers a complex picture of both utter devastation and the resilience of the Nepali people. One of the lesser-told stories is how women are faring in the disaster.
April 23, 2015
Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.
April 13, 2015
Curbing the practice will reduce poverty and improve rates of nutrition, health, and economic growth. It needs to be an explicit target in the Sustainable Development Goals.
April 9, 2015
If I were to tell you that there was a program that helped women get the most effective forms of birth control and had reduced the teen birth rate by nearly 40% in four years, you’d probably say, “This is amazing, tell me more.”
March 30, 2015
If you need hope for the future, look no further. Emelin Cabrera, a 15-year-old girl from rural Guatemala, addressed the United Nations recently. Not too bad for her first international trip.
March 27, 2015
Does pregnancy really cause girls to drop out of school? Globally, “schoolgirl pregnancy” is cited as one of the primary barriers to girls’ education. But the story may not be as simple as it seems.