International Policies, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health Supplies

Whoa Canada

Originally published on the Huffington Post. Canada did its best this week to act like George W. Bush. The government excluded family planning from a new maternal health initiative for developing countries it planned to launch at the G8 meeting … Continue Reading

International Policies, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health Supplies

Motherhood, It’s Complicated

Originally posted on the Huffington Post A colleague on maternity leave recently sent an e-mail saying what an incredible experience pregnancy is and how she can’t help thinking of the millions of women who go through it without the support … Continue Reading

Maternal Health

Mothers — It’s Complicated

There are always complicated issues around mothers. Being one, having one, not having one, wanting one, losing one, not being one. Personally, we love our mothers even when we don’t. Culturally, we revere them. Globally, we say how important mothers … Continue Reading

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Regional Advocacy Training in Fiji

Bula! (hello in Fiji). I am here in Fiji, taking part in a regional advocacy training for young people from the Pacific, put on by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, a sub-grantee of PAI’s. I arrived yesterday … Continue Reading

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Family Planning, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health Supplies

A Measure of Survival: Where are Women at Highest Reproductive Risk?

  Over half a million women worldwide die every year in pregnancy or childbirth—largely from preventable causes.  In the developing world, pregnancy remains the leading killer of women in their reproductive years.  And for young girls between the age of … Continue Reading

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Day 5 Recap: It’s a Wrap

The long hours were worth it. Throughout the week, there were challenges that bordered on the surreal. No room reservations, microphones that didn’t work, emails that got caught up in the system. Admittedly modest in scope, these bureaucratic problems threatened, at … Continue Reading