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World Breastfeeding Week: Leveraging the Use of Contraception to Optimize the Effects of Breastfeeding

As we commemorate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2016), let’s take a moment to recognize the importance of breastfeeding for mothers, babies and families around the world.  Breastfeeding contributes greatly to early childhood development with many short- and long term nutritional benefits for infants and children.  It also benefits the mothers, providing stronger protection against certain cancers and other health risks. It also helps to delay additional pregnancies acting as an effective contraceptive in the first six months.

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Population Council Honors Dr. Armando Ahued

Yesterday, the Population Council recognized Dr. Armando Ahued, the Minister of Health of Mexico City, as a leader and champion for universal health care access for all. Dr. Ahued and his colleagues recently launched a new project called, El Médico en Tu Casa (doctor in your home) to offer medical services to those who do not traditionally visit medical centers on their own. The aim of the project is to remove inequalities and focus on the goal of achieving quality care to all in Mexico and beyond. The Population Councils thanks Dr. Ahued for his continued efforts to make these goals a reality. 

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Launch of the New Ending Eclampsia Website

The Ending Eclampsia project's website endingeclampsia.org, which launched this week, is just one way the project is enhancing access to, and proper use of, antihypertensives and magnesium sulfate for women with, or at risk of, developing pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E). Complete with a Discussion Forum, Webinars, Global Coalition signup, and a Resources section that addresses the policy, health systems, and community bottlenecks and outlines opportunities, the website is a one-stop-shop for anyone focusing on reducing preventable deaths related to PE/E.

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International Maternal Health Day: The Need for Quality Care

It is no secret that women and girls have far less access to the quality health services they need.  The denial of their reproductive and maternal health rights can lead to maternal death and illness, unintended pregnancy, and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

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Bayer and Evidence Project launch new initiative

In partnership with Bayer, the Population-Council-led Evidence Project has launched a package of health information materials designed specifically for the workplace. Many workplaces depend on local public health departments or NGO partners for materials, and often when supplies run out, it is very difficult to obtain more. In order to address these issues, the Evidence Project and Bayer, designed the new materials to be easily accessible and easy to print at the workplace. These materials will also be adapted for mobile use making them accessible to those who use their smart phones to get information.

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