On July 11, Family Planning 2020 marked the midpoint of the global partnership started at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning to drive progress on meeting the needs of millions of women and girls around the world.
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.
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.
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.
When women have access to contraception everyone benefits. Women and children are healthier. Families and communities can invest more in education and health care. And poverty is reduced. Family planning should be a high policy priority and should be seen primarily in terms of its benefits to people’s health and rights, but also as an important investment in economic development and higher living standards.
The Population Council mourns the passing of Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, a long-time friend of the Council and President Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist of FHI360.
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.