IHP news 470: SR/Mat/neonatal & child health

By on May 18, 2018

PEPFAR – Renewed Partnership to Help End AIDS and Cervical Cancer in Africa


News from last week, announced just ahead of Mother’s Day.  “In advance of Mother’s Day, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today announced The Partnership to End AIDS and Cervical Cancer among HIV-positive women in Africa. Pending congressional approval, the United States will invest over $30 million through the renewed partnership. It will build on the earlier successes of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon by refocusing resources and advocacy efforts for greater impact in eight sub-Saharan African countries to prevent cervical cancer progression and mortality among HIV-positive women….”

Advance Family Planning Receives $34.7 million to Boost Global Advocacy Efforts


The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative has received $34.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to boost and extend its family planning advocacy efforts. The grant will support efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning easier to access for women and girls around the world. It brings total donor support for the initiative to $96.6 million since 2009 and extends it through 2022. The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is the lead coordinating partner for AFP, which comprises nearly 20 local and international non-governmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia….”

KFF – The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer


Updated explainer. “On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy via presidential memorandum. Under the Trump administration, the policy has been renamed “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.” This explainer provides an overview of the policy, including its history, changes over time, and current application….”

STAT – Getting contraceptives for men to the market will take pharma’s help

R Sitruk-Ware; Stat News;

“… At a time when more governments are restricting access to female contraception, expanding male contraceptive options could help to make family planning more of a shared responsibility between women and men. And that’s becoming closer to reality. … … I joined a group of researchers this week at the Second International Congress on Male Contraception in Paris to share updates on a range of new contraceptive products for men. These include implants, gels, pills, and injections…. …

“Whether this and other promising products ever come to market, however, will depend on whether we can overcome several key misconceptions about male contraception — and whether the pharmaceutical industry will overcome its longstanding reluctance to invest in contraception for men….”

She concludes: “It’s past time for industry and regulators to catch up to the science. The potential for male contraception is huge. But as researchers gathered this week to compare data and promising new approaches to male contraception, the question on everyone’s lips was, “When will these products ever come to market?”

Plos Med – Distributional change of women’s adult height in low- and middle-income countries over the past half century: An observational study using cross-sectional survey data


Using data from Demographic Health Surveys in 59 low- and middle-income countries, Fahad Razak and colleagues examine changes at the population-level in the distribution of height over time.”

Book – Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics

Edited by M Zalewski et al; https://www.routledge.com/Sexual-Violence-Against-Men-in-Global-Politics/Zalewski-Drumond-Prugl-Stern/p/book/9781138209909

Sexual violence against men is an under-theorised and under-noticed topic, though it is becoming increasingly apparent that this form of violence is widespread. Yet despite emerging evidence documenting its incidence, especially in conflict and post-conflict zones, efforts to understand its causes and develop strategies to reduce it are hampered by a dearth of theoretical engagement….”

And a tweet:

For the first time ever, UNICEF includes in its new Strategic Plan (2018-2021) the prevention of overweight and obesity in children, increasingly co-existing with undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries and among the poor. For every child, nutrition.”

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