Youth Voices: The Importance of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health

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There is a movement stirring in the global community to build a new strategy to address maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health around the world. One of these mechanisms is the proposed Global Financing Facility (The GFF). The GFF in support of Every Woman Every Child aims to contribute to global efforts to improve the lives of women, children. With more resources effectively allocated towards innovative solutions and programs it is estimated that 4 million maternal deaths, 107 million child deaths and 22 million stillbirths can be prevented between 2015-2030 in over seventy countries.

While significant progress has been made to improve the the health of women, children and adolescents, there is still more that needs to be done. Youth voices are vital to this global conversation. Young people around the world are already doing amazing work to empower communities and save lives. Often with little resources, youth are making an enormous impact in…

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If You Treasure It, Measure It: #Commit2Deliver for Women and Girls

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No country sends its soldiers to war to protect their country without seeing to it that they will return safely, and yet mankind for centuries has been sending women to battle to renew the human resource without protecting them. -Fred Sai, former President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation

Pregnancy is the one of the leading causes of death for girls aged 15-19 in developing countries. Maternal and child mortality remains a big problem for many countries in Africa with young women even more vulnerable. However, almost all maternal deaths can be prevented, as evidenced by the huge disparities found between the richest and poorest countries. The lifetime risk of maternal death in industrialized countries is 1 in 4,000 in comparison to 1 in 51 in countries classified as ‘least developed.’

Why We Cannot Wait

Mothers are the cornerstones of healthy societies. Not only do they give physical birth to new life, they…

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Ignorance is Not Innocence: Importance of Sexuality Education

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Let us face it: Sex is everywhere. Music videos, television adverts, movies, online pornography, characters in games. Did you know that nine out of ten children aged between eight and sixteen have viewed pornography on the Internet? As a result, young people are receiving conflicting messages on their sexuality, view on relationships, identity and gender. With the evolution of the information age, young people can now transfer information freely and have instant access to knowledge that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to find. The repercussions are vast and varying, not limited to early sexual debut, teenage pregnancies, spread of HIV/AIDS, increased vulnerabilities to sexual abuse and risky sexual behavior.

Education is a central determinant for behavior change. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) identifies the primary goal of sexuality education as that “children and young people become equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to make…

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Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services

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By Felogene Anumo

Theme 2012

The Day of 5 Billion was marked with a lot of interest in July 1987. This led to a Resolution 89/46, in 1989, by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme, which recommended that 11 July should be observed as World Population Day.

This year, World Population Day was celebrated on 11th July 2012 themed Universal access to Reproductive health services, pushing UNFPA’s vision, a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. It was marked by The London Summit on Family Planning co sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UK Aid and UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFiD).

 Facts

Access to sexual and reproductive health is a key element to the fight against poverty. According to UNFPA, some 222 million women…

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Commit to Deliver for Young Girls & Women in the Post-2015 Agenda

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 9.58.51 AMBy: Felogene Anumo, Advocacy Programme Associate. The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), @Felogene on Twitter

The Millennium Development Goals have been the central reference point for global development efforts and have had success in drawing attention to poverty as an urgent global priority. Though the world has made progress towards achieving the MDGs, more can and must be done, especially with regards to addressing the needs of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young women and girls.

The importance of adolescents’ access to SRHR is a key element to the fight against poverty.

About 1.8 billion young people are entering their reproductive years, often without the knowledge, skills and services they need to protect themselves. Among the root causes of current high rates of maternal and newborn mortality are unintended pregnancies — particularly among girls and adolescents. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 800 women die…

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A RENEWED COMMITMENT: INTERNATIONAL MOTHER’S DAY

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By Felogene Anumo

Exactly eight months ago, September 11, 2014 I was blessed with the most precious gift in this world, a lovely BABY GIRL. Today also marks International Mother’s Day, an occasion to pay tribute and offer gratitude to mothers. Even as I hold her close and cherish all the special memories created and milestones celebrated, my heart bleeds because of the world we live in. A world where systemic inequalities persist, crimes against humanity such as kidnapping of women and girls for sexual and other unlawful purposes, senseless killings and acts of terrorism are the order of the day.

My heart bleeds for the households and families for the 276 girls from the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria who will be denied this opportunity because their daughters have been missing for over three weeks with much inaction from the Government of Nigeria. The same government in…

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A World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

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By Felogene Anumo

Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a process of terminating pregnancy, carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both[1]. Evidently, this poses a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and lives of women as presented in the recent key findings of a National Study on the Incidence and Complications of Unsafe Abortion in Kenyaled by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Unsafe abortion continues to be a persistent public health challenge that contributes to 13% of maternal deaths globally and a myriad of short and long term health complications among women in their reproductive age. The largest proportion and highest rate of unsafe abortions currently occurs in Africa. The incidence of unsafe abortions in…

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