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Accelerating Progress on Zika Through Better Family Planning

Ward Cates | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Ward Cates

Co-authored by: Kathleen Shears, Senior Science Writer, FHI 360 Rose Wilcher, Director, Research Utilization, FHI 360 In a statement declaring the cl...

We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

Melinda Gates | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Melinda Gates

While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.

How Hillary Clinton Inspired a Foster Youth to Become a Lawyer

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The misunderstood savior for Pakistan?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Farahnaz Zahidi

It does not work by means of abortion, has no effect on future fertility, does not increase risk of diseases like cancer or stroke, and will not har...

How To Create A Foundational Estate Plan

Alexandra McNulty | Posted 01.13.2016 | Money

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

2015 in Review: Commemorating a Year of Key Global Health Achievements

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

Globally, 2015 will be viewed as a turning point for international development. In September, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a set of updated targets -- the Sustainable Development Goals -- to guide development efforts over the next 15 years.

America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade

Robert Walker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Walker

Attacks on Planned Parenthood, both physical and political, are jeopardizing the ability of women to access contraception and other reproductive health care services. At the same time, political assaults on sex education programs are gaining momentum and threatening the progress that we have made in reducing teen pregnancies. It all adds up to a bad report card for 2015, and it could get worse in 2016.

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

10 Defining Moments that Shaped Global Health in 2015

Margarite Nathe | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Margarite Nathe

Photo by Carol Bales for IntraHealth International When you look back on 2015, what will you remember? A new baby in your family? The death of someone...

The Gift of Genetic Testing

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Many couples will make life's most exciting resolution this year -- the decision to start a family. While the choice to become a parent can be filled with excitement and exhilaration, some individuals face apprehension and anxiety -- knowing that they could pass along genetic diseases to their children. This is where the gift of genetic testing comes in.

The Social Marketing Legacy of Phil Harvey

David J. Olson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

From 1992 to 2001, I did some of the most important - and fun - work of my life: I managed social marketing programs for the nonprofit PSI in Zamb...

Women's Rights Must Be a Major Part of Any Climate Deal

Françoise Girard | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Françoise Girard

This Human Rights Day is particularly significant. In Paris, negotiators are trying to come to agreement on a global climate treaty, and a lot is on the line -- especially for women.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards And The Truth About Its Federal Funding

Quora | Posted 12.08.2015 | Women
Quora

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about federal funding and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood health centers are reimbursed for health services provided, just like all other hospitals and doctors.

On Death and Dying: Know Your Status

David Duong | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Duong

Beatrice was Full Code, a status that was either given as a default or decided on when she was admitted into the hospital; a decision that was made either by Beatrice and/or her family members without a complete knowledge of what code status really means.

Planned Parenthood Made Our Family Possible, And We Aren't Even Patients

Matt Uffalussy | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Matt Uffalussy

My wife and I were not patients at Planned Parenthood while we sought to build our family. But it is the kind of services that Planned Parenthood provides -- and legislation that Planned Parenthood helps lobby for  -- that allowed us to have our child safely and healthy.

Social Marketing Contributes 20% of All Contraception in Developing Countries

David J. Olson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

A DKT Indonesia midwife counsels a client in her clinic in Jember, East Java. In 2014, this network of nearly 5,000 midwife clinics helped DKT Indon...

Diving Down the Rabbit Hole

Robert Walker | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.

Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are prevalent throughout many parts of the developing world. Mali is a cautionary tale.

Empowering Women and Girls Through Family Planning: A Promise Worth Keeping

Beth Schlachter | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Beth Schlachter

The 24.4 million more women and girls using lifesaving contraception is 10 million fewer than we had hoped to reach by this time. If we continue at this rate, we risk missing our goal -- and leaving millions of women and girls without the care and services they need and deserve.

4 Innovative Ways to Keep Poor Children in School

Rhema Hokama | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Children who live in the world's poorest regions are most likely to be deprived educational opportunities. In the developing world, children from the poorest households are four times less likely to be enrolled in school than those from the richest.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Planned Parenthood Is What's Working

Caryn Andrea Lindsey | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Caryn Andrea Lindsey

Planned Parenthood and other family-planning clinics hold a central place as part of a truly robust health care and health/safety education solution. They're working. And we need more -- not less -- support and building upon what's working.

Five Ways to Make Universal Access to Family Planning a Reality

Ward Cates | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Ward Cates

Given the contributions that family planning can make to nearly all 17 of the goals, we think that universal access to family planning could be a Sustainable Development Goal of its own. How can we ensure that universal access to family planning becomes a reality? Here are five ways.

How To Get Contraception Into Hands Of 225 Million Women In Need

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact

An estimated 225 million women worldwide want access to contraception, but can’t get it. It’s an injustice that persistently begs the que...

Ready for Leadership? Set Your Own Salary

Alexia Parks | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Alexia Parks

In a few weeks, I will be introducing Bianca Jagger at a breakfast in Denver hosted by America's Latino ECO Festival. According to MassMedia, Bianca Jagger is the highest-paid activist in the world. Over the past year, she pulled in $58 million between September 2014 and September 2015.