August 2012

  • Women of the World

    Rebecca Shore

    CCP | Program Officer II

    The world is a scary place, especially for women. Many live their lives in fear and are constantly treated like second-class citizens. Photographer Stephanie Sinclair of National Geographic took a close look at child marriage and created a 10-minute film Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides. She captured the true consequences of the practice of child marriage. This practice, though illegal nearly everywhere worldwide, is still practiced by many cultures, in many countries. This video focuses on India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Ethiopia and the acts of child marriage. Throughout the video, several girls are interviewed about the lives they live as young brides. It is very dramatic and at times hard to watch, but it gives a glimpse into the pain and fear that runs these young girls lives.

  • K4Health Highlights

    Nandini Jayarajan

    CCP | Co-Manager, Global Health eLearning

    The 12th Annual Global Health Mini-University is being held on September 14th, 2012, at the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center on George Washington University’s campus. This is a free, day-long event that brings together professionals working in a variety of global health areas with presentations that highlight evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information.

    At past Mini-U events, over 1,000 students, medical professionals, public health experts, members of the military, NGOs, and various other attendees have taken advantage of this unique networking opportunity to engage with diverse professionals with shared global health interests.

    With over 60 concurrent sessions, attendees have a wide range of topics to choose from. Among them, Disrespect and Abuse: Safe Motherhood’s “Veil of Silence” will explain how disrespect and abuse in health systems hinder safe motherhood; Follow the mMoney will teach how mobile technology interventions using mobile money can improve public health indicators; and for those looking to broaden their audience and better disseminate their health promotion messages, Global Health and Social Media: How Do You ‘Like’ that Tweet? will share tips on how to effectively leverage social media tools such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • Jim Shelton

    CCP | Editor-in-Chief, Global Health Science & Practice

    Dr. Jim Shelton's Pearls is an occasional series by USAID’s Global Health Science Advisor that answers commonly asked questions about family planning. 

    Global Health: Science & Practice

    Global Health: Science and Practice 

    Question: I understand USAID is involved in a new online peer reviewed global health journal. Is that right?

    Answer: Yes in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. It is called Global Health: Science and Practice and is especially oriented toward practical knowledge related to how to implement programs in the field.  At the journal's website you can learn more about the journal and sign up to be a subscriber or peer reviewer.  We are now accepting submissions and project to publish the first issue late 2012 or early 2013. See more description in the image to the right.

  • Stephen Goldstein

    CCP | Senior Consultant

    I was startled to see in a recent Lancet paper by Babatunde Osotimehin that fully meeting the family planning needs of people in developing countries—of current users and women with unmet need—would cost about US$8.1 billion annually. Currently, writes Osotimehin,“donors, developing countries, and households are investing some US$4 billion, which leaves a shortfall of about US$4.1 billion” each year.

    PAI: Family Planning: The Smartest Investment We Can Make


    Image redrawn from Population Action International, Family Planning: The Smartest Investment We Can Make

    Osotimehin, who is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, urges governments of developing countries to commit significantly more of their own regular budgets and other resources to provide contraceptive information and services. In addition, “Donor countries need to step up their contributions to family planning to fulfill their commitments made at the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).”

    One piece of good news for the funding picture came out of the recent London Summit on Family Planning when international donors and foundations pledged an additional US$2.625 billion dollars to reach 120 million more women with an unmet need for family planning by 2020. Developing country partners, including those in India, Indonesia, Malawi, and Nigeria, pledged an additional US$2 billion. These pledges, according to the London Summit Press Release, mean that by 2020, some 200,000 fewer women will have died in pregnancy and childbirth, there will be 110 million fewer unintended pregnancies, over 50 million fewer abortions, and nearly three million more babies will survive their first year of life.

  • Jarret Cassaniti

    CCP | Program Officer

    Since joining Twitter a couple of months ago, I count myself among millions of people around the world who follow the self-reported news from a select number of individuals and organizations that I respect and admire.