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Reflections on International Women’s Days Past

Jennifer Johnson is Writer/Editor at Population Action International. “One seething trembling sea of women.” These were the words Russian revolutionary and feminist Aleksandra Kollontai used to describe the one of the first International Women’s Day celebrations in 1911. The first … Continue reading »

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What Are the Sacred Cows of HIV Prevention?

“We need to be clear that this is the best researched disease in history. We know what to do to prevent HIV infection, but we’re not drawing a straight line between what we know and what we do,” stated Elizabeth … Continue reading »

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Minority Threatens to Derail PEPFAR Reauthorization Over Opposition to Family Planning

The House Committee of Foreign Affairs is poised to mark-up a bill that will reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and correct the critical flaws in the existing program, which hinder its effectiveness. The new bill will provide greater access to contraceptives for HIV-positive women who desire to space and plan their births, as well as increase effectiveness and flexibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS by striking PEPFAR’s restriction that mandates at least one-third of U.S. HIV/AIDS prevention funding be limited to abstinence-only programs.
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Bush Slashes Funding for Women and Families Around the World

President Bush’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2009, released today, would dramatically cut funding for international family planning and sexual and reproductive health programs. The proposed funding level of $327 million represents a $134 million (or 29%) cut from current … Continue reading »

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Taking Reproductive Health Services Directly to Those in Need: The Kitebi Teenage Centre

Our next stop after the Naguru was another innovative teen center in Kampala: the Kitebi Teenage Centre.  The Kitebi Teenage Centre sits at the end of a bumpy, winding dirt road, a bit more difficult to get to than Naguru.  … Continue reading »

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A Visit to Kampala’s Naguru Teenage Centre

Now that the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network (EARHN) meeting is closed and the group is armed with a draft strategic plan, the PAI team here in Kampala has finally had the opportunity to explore the city. Carolyn Vogel, PAI VP of Programs, and I had a full day of meetings today to help us gain an understanding of the realities facing men, women and youth in Uganda who need of reproductive health and family planning supplies and services.
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After Three Days in Kampala, a Strategic Plan is Born

It’s the end of our third and final day at the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network’s (EARHN) Annual Coordination Meeting and I’m proud to report that the delegates have come to a general consensus on a draft strategic plan.  There … Continue reading »

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Strategic Planning In Kampala

I’m excited to be reporting back from Kampala, Uganda, where a team from PAI is participating in the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network’s (EARHN) Annual Coordination meeting. This unique network consists of six member states (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda … Continue reading »

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