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By October this year, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion, making access to family planning more urgent than ever. To mark World Population Day on July 11, our feature story highlights what EngenderHealth is doing to reach young couples with family planning services in Bangladesh. Also in this issue:

 

   
Policy Updates

 

Sec. Clinton Visits Buguruni Health Center in Tanzania
In a recent trip to Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the Buguruni Health Center in Tanzania, an EngenderHealth-supported integrated health facility that treats and counsels up to 500 clients every week. Read more.

Expanding Choice for Young Couples in Bangladesh
By October this year, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion, making access to family planning more urgent than ever. In Bangladesh, for example, 1.2 million young couples get married every year, creating a pressing demand for contraceptive services. EngenderHealth’s work there has helped new couples access the full range of reproductive health services they need to plan their families and their lives. Read more.

Summer Reading List: EngenderHealth Staff Picks
The summer season is in full swing! It’s the perfect time to lose yourself in a good book, whether you are on a beach, at the park, on a plane, or in your own living room. To get you started, the staff at EngenderHealth has prepared a list of 10 great reads. Check them out here.

Expanding Fistula Care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Fistula Care project is expanding its activities with the addition of four new fistula repair and prevention facilities in Kinshasa and eastern Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the project has operated since 2009. Fistula is a devastating problem in the DRC—many Congolese women develop the condition during childbirth or as a result of sexual violence. Last month, another mass rape was reported between June 10 and June 12 in the Nyakiele and Abala villages of the DRC’s South Kivu province. A United Nations team is investigating the allegations.

 

   
Global Perspectives

An Important Win against the “Anti-Prostitution Pledge”
A New York appeals court has ruled that the “anti-prostitution pledge” violates the First Amendment by forcing funding recipients to take on the government’s viewpoint as if it were their own. The 2-to-1 decision (PDF, 190KB) is a partial, but significant, victory in an ongoing lawsuit to rescind the regulation, which requires organizations to publicly oppose prostitution and sex trafficking as a condition for receiving federal funding for global HIV and AIDS work. Since the regulation was instituted in 2005, EngenderHealth has advocated against the regulation, alongside several others in the public health community, because it infringed on free speech and undermined HIV prevention efforts by further stigmatizing individuals in need of such services.

HIV and AIDS after 30 Years: Key Goals for Treatment and Prevention
The United Nations (UN) last month hosted a High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS to discuss global progress to date and to set new goals for the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. Among the new objectives are eliminating new infections among children and increasing the number of HIV-positive people who receive treatment. June 2011 also marked 30 years since the first report of AIDS was published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 5, 1981. Read more.

Spotlight on the State of the World’s Midwives
Increasing women’s access to quality midwife services is essential to saving roughly 350,000 mothers who die each year during pregnancy or childbirth, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). To complement the report—the first in 35 years to address the state of the world’s midwives—UNFPA has developed a number of interactive tools, maps, and country profiles on their web site to help educate visitors about midwifery.

Mobile Apps Promote Global Health and Other Social Causes
Today, there are more than 5 billion wireless subscribers in the world—more than 70% of whom live in low- or middle-income countries, according to a recent report (PDF, 3.2MB). Check out two of the latest mobile innovationssupporting global health and other social causes.

  • Medic Mobile: Medic Mobile, a grantee of EngenderHealth’s Maternal Health Task Force, has developed a new text message–based mobile app that facilitates the flow of health data—a key challenge for rural health systems in Africa. The app operates on 80% of the world’s phones. Mobile phone use is projected to reach 100% in Africa in the next few years, making it an ideal vehicle for communicating health information.
  • ONE App: The ONE Campaign has developed an iPhone app that makes social activism easy for people who are on the go. The app allows users to sign petitions, call congressional offices, and recruit peers in their social network to join a range of causes—all from their phones.

Maternal Health Policy Dialogue Series in Kenya
On July 12, 2011, the Woodrow Wilson Center, in coordination with UNFPA and Maternal Health Task Force, will host a policy dialogue on “Maternal Health Challenges in Kenya: What Research Evidence Shows.” The event will also coincide with a two-day maternal health workshop in Nairobi, involving Kenyan policymakers, health workers, the media, and donors, that will be live-streamed to the July 12 dialogue in Washington, DC.

 
 

   
In the News <empty>

On June 4, 2011, the Nairobi Star in Kenya highlighted EngenderHealth-led studies on the Shang Ring and its potential to revolutionize male circumcision services in Africa.

CNN and Mashable, on June 6 and 7, respectively, highlighted a new mobile health app by Mobile Medic, which is a grantee of EngenderHealth's Maternal Health Task Force.

In two June 9 articles, the Financial Express and bdnews24.com quoted Dr. Abu Jamil Faisel, EngenderHealth Bangladesh Country Director, in his appeal to raise budgetary allocations for family planning.

The DailyBhaskar.com in India featured the work of Hellen Mammeja Kotlolo, a young South African midwife and one of 15 Young Champions of Maternal Health, which is a project jointly organized by Ashoka and EngenderHealth’s Maternal Health Task Force.

The Global Health Council published a June 29 article by EngenderHealth’s Joslyn Meier and Peter Mukasa of Fistula Care on revitalizing the partograph to prevent fistula in Uganda.


   
New Publications and Resources <empty>

Three new adaptation kits, coauthored by EngenderHealth’s Senior Technical Advisor Lori Rolleri, offer practical tools and resources for practitioners in pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infection prevention programs: 1) Becoming a Responsible Teen; 2) Reducing the Risk; and 3) Safer Choices. ETR Associates and the CDC Division of Reproductive Health collaborated to develop the kits.


   

 

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