family planning

World Politics
2 The 10 stories you missed while following the Philippines

The disaster following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines rightly has dominated the global twenty-four hour news cycle. Humanosphere has devoted more of our reporting time to the issue than anything else this week. With nearly one million people displaced and close to twelve million affected, the scope of the problem…

1 When access is not enough for family planning

A community health worker visits with Dorcas Owino and her family. Sauri, Kenya – Efforts are increasing to bring family planning access to some two hundred million women around the world. Melinda Gates launched a new effort at the London Summit on Family Planning in July 2012. Shortages and a…

0 Does TV ownership in India correspond to better family planning?

(Researchers) noted that the new diet of game shows, soap operas, and reality shows instantly became the villagers’ main source of information about the outside world—especially about India’s emerging urban ways of life… an eye-opener for millions of rural Indian women. They saw their urban sisters working outside the home, running businesses, controlling money, and—crucially—achieving these things by having fewer children. Here was TV showing women a world of possibilities beyond bearing and raising children—a world in which small families are the key to a better life.

0 Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be. At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations program. One of the goals for this round is to develop a better condom – and by better they basically mean a condom that doesn’t suck.

Global Health
1 Melinda Gates says family planning should not be controversial

By Keith Seinfeld, KPLU ———————————————————————————————————————————— Melinda Gates is promoting access to contraceptives around the world, and urging everyone to believe it’s not a controversial step. She’s co-hosting a global summit on Wednesday in London, along with the British government. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to overcome religious and…

Global Health
0 Contraception could cut global maternal death toll by one-third

The New York Times reports: A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that fulfilling unmet contraception demand by women in developing countries could reduce global maternal mortality by nearly a third, a potentially great improvement for one of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The study, published on…

3 Did media ignore Melinda Gates’ TED talk on family planning?

The data is clear: Improved family planning worldwide could have almost incomprehensible benefits on many fronts: Family planning could prevent hundreds of thousands of maternal and child deaths. It could help save the planet, by slowing population growth. And it reduces poverty. Studies show that better health, reduced child mortality…

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