Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: 2013 Update

With fewer than 1,000 days remaining until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: 2013 update report provides urgently-needed evidence about country progress –and challenges preventing progress – in scaling up the health interventions that work to save women’s and children’s lives. The report can be accessed online here, and downloadable here.

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UPDATE: Family planning must be at heart of post-2015 development agenda

Parliamentarians demand that G8/G20 leaders place family planning in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the core of the post-2015 development agenda. A global Parliamentarians conference ahead of 2013 G8/G20 was held in London, England from May 9-10. Under the theme, “What Place for Family Planning in the Future of Development?” saw the participation of over 50 parliamentarians from around the world. Dr. Hedy Fry, vice-chair of CAPPD represented Canada which concluded with a strong parliamentary appeal which will be sent to G8/G20 leaders ahead of [...]


Is family planning still an international development priority?

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at least 200 million women want to use safe and effective family planning methods, but are unable to do so because they lack access to information and services or the support of their husbands and communities. It is also known that a quarter of women who become pregnant each year have abortions but many of these are done in secret and are performed under unsafe conditions. Even though it is an economically sound investment, family planning has been losing ground as an [...]