Groundbreaking epidemiological studies led US tech companies to stop using toxic chemicals that caused miscarriages and birth defects 25 years ago. But they did not ask the same of their Asian suppliers. Now confidential data reveal that thousands of pregnant Asian women…

Indonesia’s young people are calling for accessible and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and a voice in their health care needs.   The country’s youth were, in fact, part of the discussions at the first National Adolescents Summit, held in Yogyakarta and…

To those of us who knew Babatunde Osotimehin, MD, he was simply “Prof.” Yes, he had many distinguished titles in his career. At the time of his death, Babatunde was the 4th executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the under-secretary-general of the UN. He…

To answer the SDG 2030 call to “leave no one behind,” health leaders must commit to stopping fistula within a generation, write leaders of a UNFPA-led campaign against the condition, which is caused by prolonged obstructed labor.   Nigerian Minister of Health Isaac Adewole…

Years of aid obstruction by warring parties in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains has led to a life-threatening lack of access to family planning, prenatal care and emergency obstetric care, says a Human Rights Watch report.   Since the conflict’s start in 2011, the authors say, no…

In Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal save for a few exceptions, the options are severely limited for women who want to terminate a pregnancy.  

The Trump administration’s elimination of funding for UNFPA could devastate the health of women and girls in Nigeria and other countries by blocking their access to contraception, maternal health services and gender-based violence prevention, observers say.   The new…

A campaign in Thiruvananthapuram, India, aims to make menstruation greener in a country where traditional methods for dealing with monthly blood flow, like using scraps of old sari cloth, have increasingly been replaced with disposable pads.   Environmental advocates and…

Credited with reducing death from cervical cancer by more than 60% since its introduction in 1955, the Pap smear transformed screening for the disease and landed on the list of 

Though China significantly reduced maternal mortality rates between 1994 and 2014, those numbers don’t tell the whole story. In a recent Lancet Global Health commentary, researchers discuss the results of a study published in the journal last week examining western China’s…