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Programmatic and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Obstetric Fistula and Uterine Prolapse

September 27, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that can develop between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged labor without proper medical intervention, is preventable and treatable but continues to affect more than two million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries where women lack access to cesarean services. Women stricken with it face severe pain and suffering, social stigmatization, and usually give birth to a stillborn child.
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Maintaining the Momentum: Highlights from the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning

September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
This summer, 26 countries and private donors met at the London Summit on Family Planning to pledge $2.6 billion to expand family planning services to 120 million more women in the poorest countries around the world. But while the summit renewed focus on reproductive health with its ambitious target, “we’re now at that point where we have to really sit down and work through” how to achieve that goal, said Julia Bunting.
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Adolescent Reproductive Health: The Challenge and Benefits of Delaying Sex

August 28, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
There are 1.2 billion adolescents (ages 10 to 19) in the world today, accounting for 17 percent of the global population. They are the largest youth cohort in history, and 90 percent live in the developing world. Within that broad age group, very young adolescents (ages 10 to 14) often fall through the cracks of international development work, especially when it comes to health, and reproductive health in particular.
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Domestic Violence in Post-Conflict Settings: Interventions, Shelters, and Policy Recommendations

July 24, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Liberia is a case study in post-conflict violence against women, said panelists at the Wilson Center on July 24. “Confined merely to performing household chores and childrearing duties, from early childhood, women and girls have been socialized into subservience and powerlessness and acceptance of domestic abuse as a norm,” Annette Kiawu, deputy minister for research and technical services at the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development, told the audience.

Family Planning and Results-Based Financing Initiatives: Opportunities and Challenges

May 21, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Results-based financing programs aim to address hurdles on both the supply and demand sides of the equation in developing countries by incentivizing the provision of a variety of quality services while removing barriers to access.
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Nigeria Beyond the Headlines: Population, Health, Natural Resources, and Governance

April 25, 2012 // 8:30am5:30pm
Media coverage and policy debates outside Nigeria rarely go beyond covering the latest crisis. This conference goes beyond the headlines to better understand key challenges and opportunities.
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Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival

April 23, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
On April 23rd Ministers of Health of Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rwanda discussed the drivers of successful maternal health programs and how such efforts can be accelerated and sustained throughout the developing world.
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Addressing Social Constructs to Improve Adolescent Health

February 02, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
“There are 750 million adolescent girls in the world today, and this is by far one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable demographics,” said Denise Dunning of the Public Health Institute.

Addressing the Evolving Needs of Haiti’s Women and Children Two Years After the Earthquake

January 30, 2012 // 2:00pm4:00pm
This event will be aimed at highlighting the progress in health for women and children in Haiti since the disaster occurred and communicate how Haitian and U.S. governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society are continuing to work together to build a healthier future for women and children.

Putting Adolescent Mothers on the Development Agenda

January 11, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Each year, 350,000 women die of pregnancy-related causes and 25 percent of these women are between the ages of 15 and 19. Sadia Chowdhury from the World Bank and Jennifer Redner of the International Women’s Health Coalition highlight the need for repositioning maternal health and adolescent girls on the world’s development agenda.

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