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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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Increased Investment in Midwifery Services Can Save 3.6 Million Lives Annually

Thirty-eight of 58 countries surveyed may fail to meet their target of 95 percent coverage by skilled attendants by 2015 unless an additional 120,000 midwives are trained, deployed and retained. A new report also indicates that upgrading midwifery services could save more than 3.6 million lives each year by 2015.

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An International Perspective on Current Budget Debates about RH

This is pretty dry stuff. Wade through it please!

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My Fantasy Testimony to the Republican House of Representatives about UNFPA Funding

I hope Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney puts this in the Congressional Record.

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Eliminating Obstetric Fistula: A Comprehensive Approach to a Long-Ignored Problem

Obstetric fistula is a source of shame, stigma, and despair for millions of women. But US politics will inevitably play a role in whether it can be effectively addressed.

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Hooray for UNFPA

A MUST SEE video with UNFPA views and the Catholic Church’s views on family planning in the Philippines.

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In the Category Of “They Must Be Kidding,” the United Nations Puts Stephen Harper in Charge of Accountability of Women’s Health

The United Nations makes anti-choice Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in charge of accountability for women’s health in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

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Women’s Rights Advocates Applaud New Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund

Women’s health and rights advocates today applauded the appointment of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of Nigeria as executive director of the United Nations Population Fund.

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Here We Go Again

Population Action International, please say it ain’t so! Could UNFPA be defunded again?

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MDG Film Fest: Poverty – Sin Nombre

Akimbo, the blog of the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, features Sin Nombre,  a film about MDG #1, eradicating poverty and hunger globally.

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