The Votes Are In: Tough Road Ahead for International Family Planning and Reproductive Health

For supporters of the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program, last week’s mid-term congressional elections turned out even worse than most observers had anticipated, particularly in the Senate. For the first time, FP/RH advocates may not … Continue Reading

Family Planning

It’s Time to Say Thanks…for Birth Control

With Thanksgiving just weeks away, it’s the time of year to be thinking about gratitude. And while contraception definitely ranks high on the list of things we’re thankful for, it might be just a little awkward to sit around the … Continue Reading

Maternal Health

Rise in Maternal Mortality in the DRC Highlights the Changing Nature of Conflict

The Second Congo War in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially ended in 2003. Yet even more women are dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth now than they were then. New survey results reveal maternal mortality in the … Continue Reading

Family Planning

There’s More Than One Way to Measure FP2020 Progress

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)—a global partnership launched in 2012 to provide 120 more million women and girls access to family planning by 2020–released their 2013-2014 progress report this week. In the video above, Melinda Gates, whose foundation is one of … Continue Reading

Reproductive Health Supplies

Sex, Money and Alcohol in Guatemala

There’s a surprising relationship between sex and alcohol in Guatemala—and no, it’s not what you’re thinking. Since 2004, reproductive health supplies have been paid for by a tax on alcoholic beverages. How did that happen? The simple answer is advocacy. … Continue Reading

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What’s Youth Got To Do With It?

This piece was originally published at Women at the Center, and is cross-posted with permission. Half of the world’s population is under 30 and half of all new HIV infections are happening to people between the ages of 15 and … Continue Reading