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Date: 07/19/2015
Source: MSI, USAID
Type: Updates
By Sandra Jordan, USAID, and Faustina Fynn-Nyame, Marie Stopes International Rahinatu is 18 years old and works in one of Accra’s busiest markets. She has travelled down to Accra from Northern Ghana to work as a kayayei (market porter), hoping to save enough money to buy the household goods and utensils she’ll need before she can get married.  She has worked in the markets for six months, but...
Date: 07/17/2015
Source: Population Council
Type: Updates
By: John Townsend, Population Council Providing a range of safe and effective contraceptive methods that enable women to plan their families promotes gender equality and female empowerment.  But if manufacturers and designers don’t take women’s preferences and life contexts into account, a new product could fail to meet their needs and end up as a waste of the considerable resources required for...
Date: 07/16/2015
Source: WHO, CARE USA
Type: Updates
By Moazzam Ali, Regional Manager for Asia and Pacific Regions at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, and Jean José Nzau Mvuezolo, Senior Regional Advisor/SAF PAC Initiative, CARE USA  What keeps women from accessing family planning services? In Pakistan, as in many low-income countries, one of the obstacles is cost. Pakistan’s state-run health program is...
Date: 07/15/2015
Source: Government of Senegal
Type: Updates
By Bocar Mamadou Daff, Director of the Reproductive Health and Child Survival Unit for the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action, Senegal A 2011 public health survey in Senegal revealed a startling discrepancy:  43 percent of married Senegalese women told researchers that they wanted to avoid or postpone pregnancy.  Yet only 12 percent of women were actually using contraception. Why the...
Date: 07/14/2015
Source: IPPF, UNFPA
Type: Updates
By Giulia Vallese, UNFPA Nepal Representative, and Anjali Sen, Regional Director, South Asia Region, IPPF On April 25, 2015, Nepal was struck by its worst earthquake in nearly a century.  Measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, the quake destroyed nearly 600,000 and damaged almost 300,000 homes, and displaced some 2.8 million people.  More than 8,800 people were killed; tens of thousands were injured...
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