Reproductive Health : Newsfile

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  • Growing consensus on need for safe abortion

    29 October 2007

    More than 700 public health experts, government representatives and activists from over 60 countries attended the first-ever global conference of its kind, on safe abortion, from 23-24 October in London. The conference renewed commitment and strengthened alliances for expanding access to safe abortion care worldwide.

  • Maternal health conference ends on hopeful note

    25 October 2007

    'Women Deliver', an international conference focusing on maternal and infant mortality, ended on 20 October in London. Twenty years after the launch of the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Kenya, the conference took place amid concerns that Millennium Development Goal Five, which aims to improve maternal health, may not be achieved. The United Nations goal is to reduce maternal mortality by 75 per cent between 1990 and 2015. But since then, more than 500,000 women worldwide have died annually from pregnancy and birth-related complications.

  • Death toll in childbirth still remains high

    12 October 2007

    Maternal mortality in the world is declining too slowly to meet one of the Millennium Development Goals, which aims to improve maternal health and prevent women from dying in pregnancy and childbirth or from causes related to childbirth.

  • Abstinence-only programmes 'not working'

    17 August 2007

    A robust systematic review has found no evidence that sexual abstinence programmes reduce risky sexual behaviours, incidence of sexually transmitted infections, or pregnancy.

  • Poor countries losing out on family planning benefits

    19 July 2007

    A new World Bank report warns that poor countries, wealthy donors, and aid agencies are losing sight of the value of contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health programmes in helping to boost economic growth.

  • World Bank fights off moves to limit reproductive health services

    29 May 2007

    Paul Wolfowitz has resigned from his position as President of the World Bank, but critics say that his appointees in the Bank remain in place, with potentially damaging consequences for developing countries, especially in the field of women's reproductive health This report from Thalif Deen of IPS was written before Wolfowitz's resignation was announced.

  • Lancet highlights sexual and reproductive health

    6 November 2006

    A new series - and campaign - on sexual and reproductive health in The Lancet aims to draw attention to an issue that has been "utterly marginalised" from the global conversation about health and wellbeing during the past decade, according to the Editor.

  • AIDS epidemic taking hold in Papua New Guinea

    29 September 2006

    Papua New Guinea (PNG) and its population of just under six million is in the grip of an HIV and AIDS epidemic, which could see a million cases by 2015, says the World Health Organisation.

  • Mothers and children dying needlessly, says report

    9 May 2006

    The State of the World Mothers' Report 2006, published today, identifies female education, presence of a skilled attendant at birth and access to, and use of, family planning services, as the three areas most strongly associated with child survival and well-being.

  • Vatican 'may relax condom rules'

    3 May 2006

    The Vatican is preparing to publish a statement on the use of condoms by people who have Aids, a senior Roman Catholic official is reported to have said. However, later reports have thrown cold water on the idea that the church might relax its strict teaching on the use of 'artificial contraception' when condoms are used to prevent the spread of the Aids virus.