COVID-19 restrictions put 9.5 million women and girls at risk of losing access to reproductive health services and possibly leading to 11,000 pregnancy-related deaths, according to Marie Stopes International, The Guardian reports

COVID-19’s multiple frontlines now include at least 46 countries across the African continent. Many, including Ethiopia, have frontline health care facilities battling without one of the most critical tools: adequate water and sanitation.

Parents-to-be are rushing to adjust their birth plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic—and so are hospitals, The Atlantic reports.

CASABLANCA—Ibtissam remembers the laughter, the music, the henna-stained hands of the women lined up to welcome a newlywed couple in her neighbor’s home in Safi, a city in Western Morocco: “It felt like a party.”

Through efforts like Family Planning 2020, contraception has become a focal point of global health initiatives.     But uptake is uneven across age groups. A new JAMA study found that the prevalence of unmet need for family planning was 50.8% among adolescents (ages 15-19…

In many states, giving “informed consent” for an abortion means first listening to fear-mongering, inaccurate recitations from often-conflicted medical professionals.    

Compared to white women, American Indian and Alaska Natives are more than 2X as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.   And Native women in urban areas—where there’s better access to care—fare no better than those on rural reservations.  

As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

A once-promising HIV vaccine candidate is dead in the water after a major human trial showed it worked no better than the placebo, Bhekisisa reports.