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TOP STORY: More Women Turn to Morning After Pill via @NPRHealth
NPR recently ran a story about two separate studies by the National Center for Health Statistics. There were some pretty interesting findings. The first study showed that 11% of so-called “sexually experienced” women between the ages of 15 and 44 had used FDA-approved emergency contraceptive pills between 2006 and 2010, up from 4% in 2002. The second study, based on the same set of data, showed that 99.1% of women of reproductive age in 2006 to 2010 and who had ever had sexual intercourse used at least one form of contraception at least once in their lives – this included methods such as periodic abstinence and withdrawal. Read the full NPR story here.
Women’s Silent Killer via @Amnesty
Amnesty International recently put out a press release with findings from their own experiences and research that show that the true leading cause of women’s death isn’t the lack of services available to them, but rather the lack of information about what services are available. They’ve launched an online petition asking world leaders to prioritize the health and human rights of young people, especially young women and girls, at the International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014. To sign the petition visit Amnesty International’s My Body My Rights page.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blog Series on Contraception via @davidjolson
The Gates Foundations has launched a new blog series on contraception. “What’s Your Method? is a blog series that offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and girls around the world. Each day we’ll publish one or more posts on these methods from some of our valued partners working everyday to ensure that these methods truly become options for the millions of women and girls who want and need them.” Check out the new blog here.
New Report: Impact of Maternal and Child Health Private Expenditure on Poverty and Inequity in Bangladesh via @ADB_HQ
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just released a new report on the impact of private maternal and child health expenditures on poverty in Bangladesh. The findings suggest the need for substantial increases in public funding of maternal, newborn and child health services, with the prioritization of increased funding to childbirth care and improving the availability of medicines. Download the report here.
A Film Helps Fights Fistula via @HHOJ
The team at Every Mother Counts just wrote a quick update about the work of Healing Hands of Joy, a community-based not-for-profit committed to improving the lives of women who suffer from or at risk of obstetric fistula. Healing Hands of Joy has come up with an interesting way to raise money and support for women in Ethiopia and they’ve been blogging about it on their website. Read more here.