PRB Region Feed: Sub-Saharan Africa/Regions/SubSaharanAfrica.aspxVasectomy an Option for African Men in Family PlanningLess than 0.1 percent of married women in sub-Saharan African countries rely on a partner's vasectomy as a contraceptive method. However, according to EngenderHealth, a smattering of countries have vasectomy services.12/07/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/africa-vasectomy.aspxf796f62a-4051-4f5e-8163-3fa8ef6aff22World Population Highlights 2007: HIV/AIDSNearly 63 percent of all people with HIV worldwide live in sub-Saharan Africa--25 million people. While southern Africa has been hardest hit, other regions also face serious AIDS epidemics. 08/16/2007/Publications/Articles/2007/623HIVAIDS.aspxf3035565-c58b-43f5-a34e-4574fc240fe6Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa Face a High Risk of HIV InfectionNew UNAIDS estimates indicate that young African women have twice the HIV rate of their male counterparts and are infected up to 10 years earlier. 02/14/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/YoungWomeninSubSaharanAfricaFaceaHighRiskofHIVInfection.aspxf1753c03-755b-43d1-95c4-fae9eb31c516Rwanda's Success In Improving Maternal Health Rwanda today has been hailed as one of the few countries on a fast track to reducing child and maternal mortality--thus meeting two of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in 2015. 02/24/2015/Publications/Articles/2015/rwanda-maternal-health.aspxf07495ec-e326-4186-bd5b-adf1eea4bd16Kangaroo Mother Care Offers Hope for Underweight Babies in MalawiConstant skin-to-skin contact is a low-tech and effective way to keep low birth weight babies healthy. In low-resource settings, mothers can act as "incubators" for their infants, especially during the crucial first month of life. 10/17/2003/Publications/Articles/2003/KangarooMotherCareOffersHopeforUnderweightBabiesinMalawi.aspxeed842c4-5b33-4048-a356-ff3925aee50dInternational PHE Conference Energizes New AudiencesThe 2nd International Population, Health, and Environment Conference, organized by PRB and the PHE Ethiopia Consortium, convened in November in Ethiopia around the theme "Healthy Families, Healthy Environments."12/05/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/phe-activities-ICFP-2013.aspxeece2c96-dc98-4751-9ce1-8776049ea21fIntegrating Coffee Agribusiness and Community Health Initiatives in RwandaThe SPREAD Project in Rwanda's agribusiness programs focuses on research and extension of improved agricultural and processing practices to increase coffee quality and quantity, cooperative and business development assistance for farmer cooperatives and private enterprises.10/05/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/rwanda-population-health-environment.aspxee27e397-f3a7-4bc8-9146-2e9d4e6cf6bfDespite Challenges, Ending Early Marriage in Ethiopia Is PossibleEarly marriage remains a deeply rooted tradition in Ethiopian communities, perpetuated by poverty, a lack of education and economic opportunities, and social customs that limit the rights of women and girls. 04/22/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/child-marriage-ethiopia.aspxeb634be6-0af1-4903-952a-0974351a543bGender Statistics Needed to Assess Progress Toward Development GoalsBecause of their importance to advancing the status of women, the development of gender statistics was identified as a high priority in the 1995 Beijing Platform of Action. However, 16 years later, an internationally agreed-upon set of gender indicators has yet to be defined.04/22/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/gender-statistics.aspxebf2c960-62f3-455e-8642-48846954f414Performance-Based Incentives Integrate Family Planning and Maternal/Child Health ServicesThe benefits of integrating family planning into maternal and child health services can increase the number of trained health care personnel responsive to the needs of children and mothers, improve management, and address the reproductive health of women while requiring fewer patient visits. 07/09/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/fp-mch-performance-based-incentives.aspxeb9e9de1-6ec7-4f4a-b3f0-3747dfa0466d