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Preventing Cervical Cancer in Low-Resource Settings

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Every year more than a quarter of a million women die from cervical cancer. Eighty percent of these women lived, and died, in the developing world, and most of them lacked access to the basic healthcare that could have saved their lives. Cervical cancer is caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most […]

Think Before You Snip: A Critical Look at HIV & Adult Male Circumcision

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I recently read Zimbabwe: Male Circumcision Combats Spread of HIV, which quotes James McGee, the U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, as saying “Unlike other prevention methods, male circumcision is a one-time procedure that provides life-long protection. I am sold on this simple life-saving procedure.” Ambassador McGee’s enthusiasm for the snip is shared by plenty of others […]

Support Activists in Honduras: Thank President Zelaya for Keeping EC Legal in Honduras

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This week women’s health and rights activists are celebrating President Manual Zelaya Rosales’ decision to veto a bill that would have outlawed emergency contraception in Honduras. The bill, which the national Congress of Honduras passed last month, would have made it illegal to sell, purchase, distribute, or use emergency contraception.  As soon as Congress passed […]

How the Global HIV Response Fails Women and Children

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Earlier this week the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition released, “Failing Women, Failing Children: HIV, Vertical Transmission, and Women’s Health,” a scathing report that criticizes the global AIDS response for failing to meet women’s sexual and reproductive health needs, in particular their need to protect themselves and their children from HIV infections. In a welcome departure […]

Dr. Grace Kodindo Awarded Millennium Development Goal Torch

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Yesterday, Dr. Grace Kodindo, a guestblogger on Akimbo (see Facing Maternal Mortality During Conflict & Emergencies,) was awarded the prestigious Millennium Development Goal Torch by Danish Government in recognition of her efforts to secure comprehensive reproductive health care for women worldwide. While in Europe, Dr. Kodindo will also tour seven European cities, speaking at screenings […]

Take Action Today to Support Dominican Women's Rights

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Women in the Dominican Republic face a dire threat of losing their rights to contraception, assisted reproduction services, and safe abortion care. Please take two actions today to support Dominican women as they fight to retain access to the sexual and reproductive health care they need and want: (1)    Sign a petition, asking the Senate […]

Troubling but Not Rare: Eight year-old Denied Divorce

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April 30, 2009, NEWS UPDATE: Saudi Girl Divorces 50-year-old Husband Blog originally published on April 16, 2009 Earlier this week, a judge in Saudi Arabia refused for the second time to annul the marriage between an eight year-old girl and a 47 year-old man. The girl’s father promised her hand in marriage to a friend as […]

Economy Affects Choices about Pregnancy

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As the media has picked up on lately, the faltering economy affects everything from new home purchases to our most intimate decisions about having children. In this recession, many women are making difficult choices to postpone pregnancy because they simply can’t afford another child. Doctors see economic impact on abortion, birth control Some clinics are […]

Show Us the Money for Women's Health and Lives

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Yesterday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released new dollar figures on what the world should be spending to provide widespread access to contraception; for HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling and testing, care, and treatment; and to stop women from dying unnecessarily during childbirth and pregnancy. In short, the world needs to cough up just short of […]