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December 02, 2011

Inside a ministry: A leader and his creative use of advocacy

Sarah Lindsay

When global health experts think of advocacy, the first image often is of NGO and civil society groups making their points to policymakers in government. But now emerging is a different type of advocacy: inside Ministries of Health in the developing world, many officials are refining their advocacy talents to get the attention of the senior leaders.

One good example is the director of Senegal’s Reproductive Health Division (DSR), Dr. Bocar Daff. He has advocating for a higher profile of the reproductive health and family planning division in his Ministry of Health and Prevention.

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December 01, 2011

‘Staying the course’ with family planning

Sarah Lindsay

Rumors often are the enemies of public health. And one rumor that spun out of control earlier this year hurt family planning efforts.

The false rumor: recent studies have found that hormonal contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of contracting HIV.

Dr. Ward Cates, the President of Research at Family Health International 360, talked today about studies that have looked the relationship between hormonal contraceptives and HIV during a session at the International Conference on Family Planning.

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December 01, 2011

‘Integration is key’ to the fight against AIDS

Sarah Lindsay

On World AIDS Day at the International Conference on Family Planning, family planning experts naturally turned to AIDS, and the need to intertwine services for both. The speakers said it was impossible to make headway in preventing the spread of HIV without concurrent investments in family planning.

Tewdros Melesse of the International Planned Parenthood Federation told reporters: “Ninety percent of HIV is sexually transmitted. This is why family planning integration is key” when creating programs to fight the HIV epidemic.

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November 30, 2011

Unlikely new leaders help push family planning: making the economic case to invest

Rosann Wisman

MLI's executive director Rosann Wisman looks back at the International Conference on Family Planning and sees it as marking a turning point for family planning. For the first time, she says, officials from ministries of finance and others have begun to understand the importance of family planning as an engine to future economic growth.

 “What have we done to be born into these conditions?”

The question hung in the air in Dakar. It was said by the Hon. Dr. Cornelius T. Mwalwanda, the deputy minister of finance in Malawi, who was imagining what many babies born in developing countries on October 31, 2011, might say if they could share their thoughts.

He was describing his impressions, as part of  an official delegation that visited Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi, which was chosen as the place to welcome the first baby born in Malawi on the day the world’s population reached 7 Billion.

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November 30, 2011

Gates Foundation’s plans for family planning

Sarah Lindsay

What is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looking at in funding family planning? Think new technologies. Sarah Lindsay reports.

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