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One of the most cost-effective public health interventions is family planning, which can significantly improve the health of women and their families. Family planning enables women and couples to determine the timing and spacing of their children and gives mothers and newborns an opportunity to stay healthy.

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Imams in Senegal Are Not against Family Planning

In Senegal, we have not been brainwashed by international donors to support family planning. Our primary interest is the well-being of the people of our country.

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Five Key Steps to Making the Health Workforce a Post-MDG Priority

The end of the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching. Let’s make sure our next set of global commitments is sustainable by putting health workers at the center.

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Can Measurement Inspire Change for Women and Children?

Inequity in healthcare cannot be addressed without measurement

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Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Passionate women and girls are fighting to create a more positive future. From heads of state to midwives in remote villages, they are refusing to accept the status quo, refusing to keep quiet and refusing to accept inequality.

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How the U.S. Can Honor International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day, First Lady Michelle Obama participated in the 2014 International Women of Courage awards ceremony at the State Department on March 4.

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