Local Groups in Brazil Respond to Growing Zika Crisis

The Zika virus is devastating Brazil. While the response of the country’s public health system has been weak, women’s groups are trying to fill the void.

Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Accessible for Everyone, Everywhere

Women's health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.

Maternal Mortality Declines Worldwide, But What’s Missing?

A new UN report finds the global maternal mortality ratio has fallen by 45 percent since 1990, with every region of the world experiencing a decline by at least 37 percent. But despite this good news, it's likely there are large numbers of maternal deaths that are either misclassified or underreported.

Bangladesh Reports 40% Drop in Maternal Mortality in Past Decade

From 1998 to 2003, we partnered with the Bangladesh government to overhaul the country’s population policy, shifting it from a narrow family-planning focus to a comprehensive reproductive health approach.

Partner: Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET)

  • November 14, 2013

Based in Kisumu, Kenya, the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) is a health and education nonprofit that works to expand and promote access to affordable, quality reproductive health care to communities in need of such services, with an emphasis on maternal and newborn health and adolescent reproductive health services.

Partner: Association pour la Promotion de l’Autonomie et des Droits de la Jeune Fille/Femme (APAD)

  • November 12, 2013

Early and forced marriage is illegal in Cameroon, but economic and social factors allow the tradition to continue. Approximately 36 percent of girls under 18 are married — often against their will. In the extreme north region of the country, the figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.

APAD has trained more than 150 survivors of early and forced marriage to speak out against this practice. In addition, 17 influential traditional leaders have been trained to convince parents of young girls to refrain from marrying them off and insist they remain in school.

Partner: CommonHealth – Coalition for Maternal Neonatal Health and Safe Abortion

  • November 12, 2013

CommonHealth is a coalition of 110 institutions and individuals—including health care providers, researchers, nongovernmental advocates, human rights lawyers, grassroots activists, and public sector program managers—that advocates for better access and higher quality maternal and neonatal health and safe abortion services.

IWHC Young Leaders Tackle Thorny Issue of Outsourced Surrogacy

On July 29, 30 young people joined IWHC for our Young Leaders screening of Made in India, a documentary by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha about surrogacy outsourcing in India. We were excited to have Vaishali in attendance to answer some of our lingering questions and to help us…

For Women and Young People, Universal Health Insurance Is Not Enough

In this two-part blog series by IWHC's Shannon Kowalski, she discusses how the proposal for "universal health coverage" in the next post-2015 development agenda falls short when it comes to women and adolescents.

Abortion in India: Legal, But Not Always Safe

  • October 21, 2010

Abortion in India was legalized in 1971, but many people, especially in rural areas, do not know that abortion is legal. India has the largest number of deaths from unsafe abortions in the world. CommonHealth, an IWHC partner, is a network in India that advocates for maternal health, including access to safe abortion. In this…