U.S. Foreign Assistance

House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs.  The bill was adopted after … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Reproductive Health Supplies

Starting from Scratch For Women in South Sudan, Reproductive Health Care is Almost Nonexistent

We know that conflicts and other emergencies can devastate health systems. Infrastructure is destroyed, supplies become limited, and providers flee, fearing for their safety. But what happens when conflict strikes a country with an already-fragile health care system, such as … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies

Strong, Courageous and Creative A Recipe for Realizing the Rights of Women and Girls

Earlier this week, I attended “Celebrating Cairo & Going Beyond”, a side event at the United Nations (U.N.) Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The event was organized by the High Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Song Remains The Same Status Quo For Family Planning Funding And Policy In FY 2014 Omnibus

After a three-month delay, Congress passed and the President signed on January 17th a trillion dollar omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547 ) to fund the federal government during fiscal year 2014. In what passes for good news these days, funding for … Continue Reading

Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning, Youth

New UNFPA Report Highlights Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

Today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched its State of the World Population 2013 report, “Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy,” at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The 2013 report focuses on the disproportionate burden of adolescent … Continue Reading

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