Uganda Holds First National Family Planning Conference

While her husband holds their youngest child, Twesigye Christente waits to receive a long-acting contraceptive at the Kinaaba Health Center II. Photo: UNFPA/Omar Gharzeddine This week Uganda held its first national family planning conference in Kampala. This is particularly significant because family planning has not always been pressing on the agenda of Uganda’s longtime president, Yoweri Museveni. In fact, under Museveni’s 30 year leadership, Uganda’s population more than … Continue reading Uganda Holds First National Family Planning Conference

Journalists Travel to Ethiopia to Report on #NewbornHealth

It may seem a little quiet around SocialGoodMoms.com, but for good reason. I am co-leading a group of journalists throughout Ethiopia who are reporting on newborn health with the International Reporting Project.  Putting together a robust itinerary for the journalists has been a capstone to all of the knowledge I have gained since learning about the importance of saving newborns. The timing of this trip … Continue reading Journalists Travel to Ethiopia to Report on #NewbornHealth

Rwanda Leads the World in Women Lawmakers

By Elaine Tucci Elaine Tucci is the Co-Founder and CEO of Women Lead to Change http://www.womenleadtochange.org As the world learns more about the promise of women to bring peace, prosperity and economic well-being to nations, Rwanda has become a poster child of this promise. Thriving after one of the most brutal genocides in history, today Rwanda is referred to as the heart of the African … Continue reading Rwanda Leads the World in Women Lawmakers

10 Top Tweets from the Family Planning Conference: Day 2

Choosing ten top tweets from day two of the International Conference on Family Planning wasn’t easy.  Thousands of experts, researchers, those representing NGOs, and stakeholders are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week at the largest conference on family planning and reproductive health. Below are ten tweets we feel are informative and provide fantastic discussion points about the issues and solutions for family planning access and … Continue reading 10 Top Tweets from the Family Planning Conference: Day 2

[Photos] Family Planning Kits from Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa

I have been fortunate to visit health posts and family planning clinics in a handful of countries. One of the things I always ask to see while visiting are family planning kits used for educational purposes for clients. Some of the kits have been fancy, others have been fairly rudimentary, but they all serve the same purpose: educating women about their options to space or … Continue reading [Photos] Family Planning Kits from Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa

10 Top Tweets from the #FamilyPlanning Conference: Day 1

Today was the first day of the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa. With thousands of participants at the conference there was a flurry of tweets throughout the day. Here are ten tweets we identified as extremely informative. You can also follow the conversation at a host of hashtags: #FP2020,  #FullAccess, #FamilyPlanning, and #ICFP2013. Related articles Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning … Continue reading 10 Top Tweets from the #FamilyPlanning Conference: Day 1

Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning Conference #ICFP2013

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4000 experts, researchers, journalists, and stakeholders are embarking upon a robust conversation about family planning and how critical it is for 222 million women in the developing world that lack access to family planning services, commodities, and education. We have identified 12 top Twitter handles to follow during the International Conference on Family Planning from November 12 – 15 … Continue reading Top 12 Twitter Handles to Follow During This Week’s #FamilyPlanning Conference #ICFP2013

[Photos] A Week in Johannesburg

They say you’ve never been to Soweto if you haven’t seen the Orlando Towers that can be viewed from all corners of the massive urban neighborhood filled with over fifty townships in Johannesburg. The Orlando Towers are a symbol of racial discrimination that was systemic until the fall of apartheid in the early 1990s. The coal towers powered the white area of Johannesburg in the … Continue reading [Photos] A Week in Johannesburg

Infographic of the Week: An Integrated Approach to HIV/AIDS and Family Planning Services

An integrated approach to healthcare no matter the setting is a more effective and rights-based approach to healthier outcomes. When family planning services are available at HIV/AIDS clinics, Population Action International (PAI) believes patients will receive better care, health workers will be more efficient, and dollars will be saved. In sub-Saharan Africa integrated clinic settings are critical to healthier outcomes. In addition to this infographic, … Continue reading Infographic of the Week: An Integrated Approach to HIV/AIDS and Family Planning Services

World Population Day Highlights Adolescent Pregnancy

Today is World Population Day and this year’s theme is adolescent pregnancy. We are going to concentrate our efforts on addressing the needs of adolescent girls in developing countries as they make up over 500 million of the 600 million girls in the world according to the UNFPA. Nearly 16 million of them give birth between the ages of 15 -19 every year accounting for … Continue reading World Population Day Highlights Adolescent Pregnancy

Stories, Photos, and Videos from #SocialGoodMomsIndia Trip

Storify by Social Good Moms Fri, Jun 07 2013 12:59:17 Stories, Photos, and Videos from #SocialGoodMomsIndia Trip From May 20 – 24, 2013 Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, and Nicole Melancon, of Third Eye Mom, traveled to Delhi, India to visit Mom Bloggers for Social Good partners to see their work in the field. Here’s who they met along the way. … Continue reading Stories, Photos, and Videos from #SocialGoodMomsIndia Trip

Family Planning Conversations During Women Deliver #WD2013

The second day of the Women Deliver conference was led by robust conversations and discussions about family planning. Wednesday’s events began with the plenary session: Global Progress on Family Planning—Putting Women at the Heart of the Global Health Agenda which was opened by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Increased momentum has quickly … Continue reading Family Planning Conversations During Women Deliver #WD2013

Bill Gates On the Importance of Measurement in Global Health #BillsLetter

Every year Bill Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, writes an annual letter laying out his vision for the future of global health and poverty eradication. This year’s letter, which can be read at billsletter.com, espouses the critical importance of measurement in saving more lives. In fact, Gates uses measurement in business as an example of its parallel importance in global … Continue reading Bill Gates On the Importance of Measurement in Global Health #BillsLetter

Family Planning in Ethiopia

This week I am a guest of Save the Children on an observational trip in Ethiopia. I, along with three distinguished US nurses, are here to learn about Ethiopia’s frontline health workers, the 38,000 women strong health extension workers. The health extension workers were put into place by the Ethiopian government in 2003 and now through the work of Save the Children and other partners, … Continue reading Family Planning in Ethiopia

Making Family Planning Available to All Who Need It

There is an important article on the Gates Foundation’s blog Impatient Optimists that details the importance of the new UNFPA study on family planning. Do give it a read: New Report: Family Planning By Choice, Not By Chance. Photo By: Jennifer James (Kisumu, Kenya, Summer 2011) Infographic: UNFPA Read more of our family planning coverage. Continue reading Making Family Planning Available to All Who Need It