KIGALI—Somaliland's nomadic women want contraception that doesn’t force them to return for frequent follow-up visits. College students in India want access to contraceptives without having to cross state borders. In rural parts of Rwanda, women want choices beyond the…

At the Center for Global Development Leaders’ Conference in London last week, agency leaders faced some harsh truths about multilateral global aid. Namely: Global issues like climate change and population growth are increasingly systemic and borderless while the political…

Over 20,000 El Salvadoran migrants return through San Salvador’s repatriation center every year. Since 2014, the spike in returning citizens pushed the government to overhaul the strained facilities at Dirección de Atención al Migrante with assistance from USAID and the…

KIGALI—In Rwanda, it might be easier to clear up misconceptions about vasectomies if it didn’t share a word with castration in Kinyarwanda, one of the country’s official languages. Other languages present the same issue, leading to a bit of a branding challenge for the…

Nearly 11 million children will likely die from pneumonia by 2030, according to a new analysis released yesterday on World Pneumonia Day. Children living in poverty are most at risk with more than 1.7 million children predicted to die in both India and Nigeria over the next…

KIGALI—The delegates assembled for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning are more than just advocates of family planning, Gates Institute Director Jose “Oying” Rimon II said in his opening remarks. They might as well be superheroes, because family planning…

Before he knew his colleagues would embrace his transition, Ben Barres weighed a difficult decision: come out as transgender or commit suicide.   Born Barbara, the Stanford University neuroscientist died last year from pancreatic cancer. In his posthumously published…

NYAMIRAMA—Building a basketball court right next to the Nyamirama Health Center was no coincidence. The strategically placed court is part of a deliberate effort to improve access to health education and services in Rwanda’s Kayonza district, visited by a busload of ICFP…

In 1991, 6-year-old Jacob Atem’s South Sudanese village was attacked by Northern rebels. Atem and other surviving “Lost Boys” walked some 2,000 miles before reaching a refugee camp, suffering malnutrition, dehydration and injury. More than 10,000 children died en route.

Many delegates will trickle into Kigali, Rwanda this weekend for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning with little fanfare—but the youth are already starting to steal the show, with a virtual youth relay that started in Mombasa, Kenya earlier this week.