The Adolescent Brain and the Global Fight Against Adolescent Motherhood

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 5:28 am

Fertile bodies, immature brains?: A genealogical critique of neuroscientific claims regarding the adolescent brain and of the global fight against adolescent motherhood Social Science & Medicine. Volume 143, October 2015, Pages 255–261. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.063 Highlights Identifies antecedents to neuroscientific claims regarding the adolescent ...

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Engendering Accountability: Upholding Commitments to Maternal and Newborn Health

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 6:02 am

With the rise in global attention and the need to further accelerate progress on maternal and newborn health (MNH), and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) writ large, the international community has become increasingly focused on accountability to ensure ...

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UN set to change the world with new development goals – The Lancet

Posted on September 24, 2015 at 6:06 am

This report from the Lancet gives a good summary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including arguments pro and con. The report also provides clarity on how the Health sector can engage with the SDGs and potential opportunities and threats.  Author: John ...

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The Demographic Promise of Expanded Female Education: Trends in the Age at First Birth in Malawi

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 6:18 am

The expansion of female education has been promoted as a way to postpone the age at first birth. In sub-Saharan Africa, the first cohorts to benefit from policies that expanded access to education are now reaching adulthood and beginning childbearing. I investigate whether the expansion ...

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Gender, SRHR and the Post-2015 Agenda

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

The process to formulate the post-2015 development agenda was unleashed upon the world in early 2013. In order to create an ambitious new global development agenda— which will influence national development strategies, global discourse, and purportedly, to be so transformational ...

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Indicators for a Transformative, High-Impact & People-Centred 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Leading Options for Global, Thematic, Regional and/or National Levels

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 6:33 am

Developed by High-Level Task Force for the ICPD. The indicators proposed in this document represent transformative and strategic options for Member States – both policy decision-makers and statisticians – to consider as they develop this key foundation of the new Agenda’s ...

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Brief, Sexuality-related communication: Recommendations for a public health approach

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 6:44 am

Both research and consultations over the last decades have identified sexuality-related communication as an issue that requires urgent attention. While clients would like their health-care providers to discuss sexual health concerns, health workers lack the necessary training and knowledge to ...

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Underuse of modern methods of contraception: underlying causes and consequent undesired pregnancies in 35 low- and middle-income countries

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 6:50 am

Every year, when 123 million women experience pregnancy as a harbinger of happiness, many of the remaining 87 million face it with dismay. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, after becoming pregnant without intention, many of these women are ...

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Girls Not Brides Post-2015 Advocacy Toolkit

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 6:57 am

As the post-2015 process moves into intergovernmental negotiations, this toolkit by Girls Not Brides aims to assist activists in their efforts to urge governments to support and speak out in favour of a target to end child, early and forced marriage. There ...

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Smart Investments for Financing the Post-2015 Development Agenda – ICPD

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 9:14 am

The cost of funding the Post-2015 Development Agenda is estimated to be trillions of dollars a year.1 While this magnitude may seem dizzying, especially for low-income countries with over-stretched public budgets and donor countries facing economic uncertainties, the financial resources ...

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