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Serial abortions becoming cool in Kenya

March 2013, The Star; There are some issues in society that will never die off and as much as we try to turn our backs, the debate on abortion can never go away. It is a silent ‘problem’ that many women, oblivious or ignorant of the consequences, continue to procure …

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The contraceptive revolution: focused efforts are still needed

March 2013,Online Library;Impressive reductions of up to 29% in maternal deaths may be expected from satisfying unmet need for contraception, as shown in a recent analysis covering 172 countries (Ahmed et al. 2012). Despite the cost-effectiveness of family planning (Prata et al. 2010), investments remain low (Osotimehin 2012), a concern declared under …

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The contraceptive revolution: focused efforts are still needed

March 2013,The Lancet; In The Lancet, Leontine Alkema and colleagues1 illustrate the usefulness of rigorous modelling to provide convincing estimates of health indicators when empirical data are patchy or non-existent. Their report presents by far the most complete country-specific information about trends between 1990 and 2010, with projections to 2015, …

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Why governments should take health more seriously

March 2013,Lancet; The standard answer to the question “what is a health system for?” is often something to do with the prevention, control, and treatment of disease. A more positively framed answer would be the protection and promotion of health. An even more ambitious, although now somewhat tarnished, objective (plagiarising …

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Financing Family Planning- Madagascar

April 2013, SHOPS; The SHOPS project worked with Marie Stopes Madagascar to implement a year-long program (October 2010 to September 2011) in Madagascar that aimed to (1) expand access to voluntary family planning through provision of long-acting and permanent methods via mobile outreach teams working across underserved regions and (2) …

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