(February 2016) Population Reference Bureau (PRB) supported 18 journalists from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to cover the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning in Bali, Indonesia. Ten of these journalists were “master’s class” alumna of PRB’s Women’s Edition program, which is designed to increase and strengthen news coverage of reproductive health issues, including family planning. They represented India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. In addition, PRB sponsored eight journalists from the francophone West African countries of Senegal, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Together, the journalists produced more than 95 articles and broadcast segments during and after the conference. They wrote on a range of issues, from emergency contraception to vasectomy, and they took the opportunity to connect with delegates from their countries to put the issues into a local context. Here is a sampling of the articles written for English-language publications and websites.
Men, the Weak Link in the Push for Contraception and Sterilisation
by Aarti Dhar
MPs Call for Integrated Approach to Family Planning
by Edyth Kambalame
Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The Misunderstood Savior for Pakistan?
by Farahnaz Zahidi
Dear Mama Campaign Praised at International Family Planning Conference
by Njeri Rugene
Let Her Be a Girl!
by Rina Jimenez-David
Family Planning: Passing the Message Through Entertainment
by Rose Mose
Why India Needs a Sex Positive Approach
by Shai Venkatraman
Family Planning Conference Urges Increased Access to Services
by Zofeen Ebrahim
Local Vasectomy Rates on the Rise
by Stella Barozi
Children Born in Small Families Live Longer
by Anne Mugisa