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…

The caseload for a midwife in the Kotido district of Karamoja, tucked in a remote part of north-eastern Uganda, strains belief: with just 18 midwives serving 9,600 mothers, according to district health officials, each midwife cares for at least 533 mothers a year. That’s…

Millions of African women will die as a result of President Trump’s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule — which denies US funding to international health care initiatives that perform or discuss abortion — says author Jill Filipovic. In a Foreign Policy feature article,…

Cosmetic surgeon Ivona Percec’s “simple yet effective” genital reconstruction procedure has become a global model for surgeons who treat victims of FGM. Percec, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, had her findings published this month in…