WASHINGTON, DC—The day that Christy Turlington Burns became a mother is the day she became a maternal health advocate, she shared at a recent gathering of public health advocates.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

The cost of menstrual products keeps scores of girls out of school during their periods. 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss class—sometimes dozens of days—as a result. Many rely on homemade pads made of rags, which can cause infection. But since 2009, from small…

GHN is in Kigali covering the #ICFP2018 proceedings. Check back here and on Twitter: @ghn_news for updates, and look for special exclusives in our ewnewsletter (subscribe here).   #ICFP2018 Closes, with Sights Set on 2020

Teen and unintended pregnancies in the US have reached historic lows—a striking fact that manifests as important “non-news” in the lives of many young women. But access to affordable or free contraception is increasingly at risk. In the past year, the US government has…

Abortion has been legal in Italy for decades, but willing gynecologists are getting harder to find in this deeply Catholic nation. The number of Italian gynecologists who refuse to perform abortions climbed from 58.7% in 2005 to 70.9% in 2016.