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PMC Articles Tagged 'Reproductive Health'

Comic Books for Social Change

October 30th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | 1 Comment

While this comic book series is about business life in Japan, it is easy to imagine a similar strategy with regard to condom use, reproductive health, and elevation of the status of women.

Japanese bosses are mostly an elderly lot. So it seemed that a new generation had taken the reins of corporate Japan when Kosaku Shima was appointed president of Hatsushiba Goyo, a conglomerate, in June. At just 60, Mr Shima is the best known and most beloved businessman in Japan. His ascent from lowly salaryman to lofty shacho (president) traces corporate Japan’s rise in the 1980s, its descent into the “lost decade” of the 1990s and its subsequent tentative recovery. News of Mr Shima’s appointment was broadcast on television and splashed across the country’s newspapers, and the bosses of Japan’s biggest firms lined up to lavish praise on him. “He is a man of principle,” said Tsunehisa Katsumata, president of Tokyo Electric Power.

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UN agency urges Group of Eight nations to address population issues

October 28th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | 1 Comment

From the UN News Centre.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today called on the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations to prioritize population issues in its discussions of climate change and food security.

“Preventing unwanted pregnancies through voluntary family planning and guaranteeing people’s right to reproductive health can help slow population growth and moderate its environmental impact,” Safiye Çagar, UNFPA Director for Information and External Relations, told the some 70 legislators and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the G8 International Parliamentarians’ Conference on Population and Sustainable Development in Tokyo.

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Help Women Curb Reproduction

July 27th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Jane Roberts for this Population Day editorial.

On June 26, the Bush administration, for the seventh year in a row, refused to release congressionally approved funds for the United Nations Population Fund.

The fund, supported by 181 countries last year, not only offers reproductive health care and family planning in 151 countries but also studies population and poverty trends. It’s a good time to talk about population. The fate of women is central to any population debate.

The planet is home to 6.7 billion people, and about 75 million more births occur each year than deaths. Ninety-eight percent of this growth happens in the poorest countries.

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Youth Reproductive Health and HIV Prevention Resources

July 27th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Youth InfoNet 47 – June 2008

This issue of the monthly e-newsletter on youth reproductive health and HIV prevention features 13 program resources with Web links, and 13 journal article summaries on research from China, El Salvador, Namibia, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

© USAID, IYWG, INFO Project, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs with content managed by FHI 2008

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Prolifer-ator of Bad Advice

July 26th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

From Christina Page’s Blog. See http://birthcontrolwatch.org/blog/. You can also go to http://www.allexperts.com/el/1445-9/Birth-Control/ for “advice” from Diane Cheryl on birth control.

For anyone seeking advice about an important decision, a google search is often the gateway to frustration and confusion. That’s why allexperts.com would seem like a great idea. Allexperts.com was founded on the idea that mixing good intentions and expertise could help many. The site welcomes people who have real knowledge in an area to become “allexperts” and these “experts” agree to help those looking for answers for free. As the “about us” section of allexperts.com explains, “Our experts are all volunteers, people with knowledge in their area of expertise who are willing to share their knowledge with others. We can’t guarantee they can answer every question, but we can guarantee that most try to help.”
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HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion

July 21st, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

In a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right, the Department of Health and Human Services Monday released a proposal that allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman’s access to contraception. In order to do this, the Department is attempting to redefine many forms of contraception, the birth control 40% of Americans use, as abortion. Doing so protects extremists under the Weldon and Church amendments. Those laws prohibit federal grant recipients from requiring employees to help provide or refer for abortion services. The “Definitions” section of the HHS proposal states…

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Fertility trends by social status

June 29th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

This article discusses how fertility relates to social status with the use of a new dataset, several times larger than the ones used so far. The status-fertility relation is investigated over several centuries, across world regions and by the type of status-measure. The study reveals that as fertility declines, there is a general shift from a positive to a negative or neutral status-fertility relation. Those with high income/wealth or high occupation/social class switch from having relatively many to fewer or the same number of children as others. Education, however, depresses fertility for as long as this relation is observed (from early in the 20th century).

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Family Planning Gets Mere Sliver of Aid Pie

June 13th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

The United Nations warns that a sharp decline in international funding for reproductive health is threatening global efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and empower women worldwide.

“This is especially evident in the case of funding for family planning where absolute dollar amounts are lower than they were in 1995,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report released here.

If this trend is not reversed, he cautions, it will have “serious implications for the ability of countries to address the unmet need for such services, and could undermine efforts to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce maternal and infant mortality.”

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Unmet Need for Family Planning Persists in Developing Countries

June 12th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Rates of unmet need for family planning remain high in developing countries, according to a recently released report from the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute.1 According to surveys, one in seven married women in these countries has an unmet need for contraception. But in sub-Saharan Africa, the ratio is nearly one in four.

Women with “unmet need for family planning” are women of reproductive age who prefer to avoid or postpone childbearing, but are not using any method of contraception. Since the 1960s, when the concept was first developed, addressing unmet need has become the basis for many family planning and population programs around the world

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PMC Featured in Soul Beat

June 12th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Participatory Assessment of Gugar Goge, an Entertainment-Education: A Qualitative Assessment Report
by Arvind Singhal, Sarah Hurlburt, and Radha Vij

This report documents the results of a participatory assessment exercise conducted in Nigeria to gauge audience reception of Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”), an entertainment-education radio soap opera that sought to promote education for girls, the delay of marriage and pregnancies, and the adoption of family planning and maternal health services. The assessment exercise, which used participatory sketching and participatory photography, aimed to assess how frequent listeners engaged with the radio programme, and how they derived personal meanings from its plot, characters, and educational messages.

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