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Challenges Faced in Purchasing Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services in Indonesia, Kenya and the Philippines

Article by Jennifer Deist

“PhilHealth offers neither a carrot nor stick approach to convince private midwives to provide family planning services,” shared Dr. Marife Yap, during a session at the 2019 iHEA World Congress in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Yap discussed the experience in the Philippines to expand access to family planning (FP) services by encouraging private providers to expand […]

BBC Media Action and WHO Workshop in Dhaka to Strengthen SBCE Interventions in SRMNCAH

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

Bangladesh, 20 Nov 2017 Consensus is growing about the importance of "social, behavioral and community engagement" (SBCE) interventions to ensure healthy lives and promoting the well-being. While biomedical interventions remain essential  for health, SBCE interventions are also important to achieve the transformative aspirations of Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals […]

International Women’s Day 2015 — A Call to Action for Maternal Mortality

A woman’s risk of death during pregnancy, over a lifetime, in Sub-Saharan Africa is 47 times higher than it is for me, a woman from the United States.1 Millennium Development Goal 5"”reduce maternal mortality by 75% from 1990 to 2015"”is stalled. It is a goal that the development community pays lip service to, but maternal […]

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