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International Women’s Day 2017

March 2017: Event International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, has many different versions of its origin—linked to women’s voting rights, to labor issues, to political upheavals—but all agree that it started more than 100 years ago. Yet it was only in 1975 that the United Nations General Assembly began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day. Now it is celebrated in more than 100 countries and is an official holiday in more than 25.

Youth Contraceptive Use: A Reference Guide of Effective Interventions

March 2017: Report Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming for married and unmarried youth ages 15 to 24 is critical to improve the health, social, and economic outcomes of future generations. However, youth face many more barriers to accessing and using contraception than older people, including provider refusal, restrictive laws or policies, limited contraceptive options, stigma, and sociocultural pressures to have children early. Despite growing commitment to the rights of youth to access contraceptive services, governments and their partners lack clear guidance on supporting interventions that ensure their commitments are realized.

Zika Crisis Highlights Importance of Family Planning

February 2017: Article (February 2017) One year after the Zika global health emergency, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Margaret Chan, urged sustained attention to two important weaknesses in global health preparedness revealed by the Zika crisis—insufficient national mosquito control programs and poor access to family planning services.

An African Demographic Dividend Relies on Investments in the Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents and Youth

February 2017: Report An African Union (AU) Assembly decision in January 2016 established the theme for 2017 as “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth.” AU heads of state and government recognize a country-level demographic dividend as central to the continent’s economic transformation in the context of AU Agenda 2063—the AU’s global strategy for socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans

February 2017: Report Most Americans say they want to age in place in their own communities, but their health and ability to remain independent is shaped in part by their neighborhoods. Research finds that the social, economic, demographic, and physical characteristics of communities may influence older residents’ health and well-being.

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Infographic: Neighborhood Features Play a Role in Healthy Aging in Place

Research finds that a neighborhood’s physical features—from broken sidewalks and high crime to plentiful parks and low air pollution—may be related to older residents’ health and ability to age in place. This infographic provides an overview of recent research on features of the physical environment linked to age-related disease.

In Memoriam: Hans Rosling

February 2017: Article We at Population Reference Bureau were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Hans Rosling, an eminent visual communicator of data with whom we had the great fortune to collaborate.

Data in New Wallchart Show Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Declining in Many Countries

February 2017: Article New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than previous generations of women.

Data in New Wallchart Show Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Declining in Many Countries

February 2017: Datasheet New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than previous generations of women.

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Family Planning Population Health Environment Projects

Understanding the broad range of actors in the family planning landscape is critical to improving program advocacy and implementation. Staff at family planning organizations may be quite familiar with Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) and the High Impact Practices for Family Planning (HIPs), but not all members of the Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) community of practice are familiar with how to leverage FP2020 and the HIPs to implement and advocate for PHE projects. To bridge this gap, the PACE Project hosted an Africa PHE quarterly webinar with Jason Bremner (director, Data Performance and Management, FP2020) and Caitlin Thistle (technical advisor, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID). Smita Gaith (policy analyst, PRB) moderated.

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