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The Cost of a Woman’s Life

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues as “more than patients”, so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

Developing nations like Kenya have not experienced the overall decrease in maternal mortality enjoyed across the globe. More needs to be done to address the impact of maternal death on families and communities.

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High-Level Panel Takes Strong Stand for Health of Women, Girls

ICPD’s vision remains as relevant and urgent now as it was 19 years ago.

The High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development takes aim at violence and maternal mortality.

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In HIV Prevention, Protect the Mothers: A Message to the World Health Assembly 2012

It is critical that the barriers facing women in relation to accessing supportive peri-natal services are fully understood and addressed including structural drivers such as poverty, gender-based violence from partners, in-laws and neighbours, and property and inheritance rights loss. If we do not address these issues, we can not “save the babies.”

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Data Show Maternal Deaths Continue to Decline Worldwide

Last week the UN released its latest estimates on global maternal deaths, just  two years after the last figure. From 1990 to 2010, they found, the number of women dying from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes worldwide dropped from 543,000 to 287,000, a near-fifty percent reduction in fatalities.

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United Nations Adopts Landmark Resolution on Adolescents and Youth

Late Friday at the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), member states issued a bold resolution in support of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

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Young and Restless at the United Nations, Youth Fight For Their Rights

It was a youth takeover at the United Nations last week, for the 45th annual Commission on Population and Development, a global meeting to examine whether and how we are protecting the sexual rights and health of our youngest generation.

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Final Successes, Limitations, and a Call for Accountability

Friday, April 27th, 2012 marked the fifth and final day of this year’s United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), the time when the member states of the UN come together to discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally. 

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Dispatches from CPD 2012: Tracking the Opposition’s Attacks on Youth Rights

The opposition wants all young people who deviate from the social “norm” (also referred to as ‘sexual anarchists’) to be prisoners of their own natural identity without the ability to express themselves and their individuality in a safe environment. 

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Can I Get an Evidence-Base in Here?!

What the opposition’s arguments lack is one or a combination of the following: an evidence-base, a rational argument, an understanding of biomedical theories including pathology and pharmacology, an appreciation of normal emotional reactions and the social determinants of the individual identity, amongst others.

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Let’s Talk About Sex!

As the negotiations at the 45th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) continue at the United Nations in New York City, the work towards establishing a strong outcome document that ensures young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) becomes even more intense.

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