Education Sector Response to Early and Unintended Pregnancy: A Review of Country Experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 5:30 am

This report highlights key inconsistencies and gaps in education sector responses to adolescent pregnancy and motherhood in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite progress made in developing curricula, none of the six countries currently offers comprehensive sexuality education as defined by ...

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Impact of Hospital Delivery on Child Mortality: An Analysis of Adolescent Mothers in Bangladesh

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 5:29 am

Social Science & Medicine. Volume 143, October 2015, Pages 194–203. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.003 Highlights We assess the causal impact of hospital delivery may influence child mortality risks. We focus on the case of Bangladesh where adolescent marriage and birth are common. We exploit the ...

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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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