Publication: IFPRI 2020 Brief on ‘Gender: A key dimension linking agricultural programs to improved nutrition and health’February 4, 2011
Improving the livelihoods and well-being of the rural poor is an important aim of agricultural development, promoted through agricultural intensification and commercialization strategies. But improved agricultural productivity does not necessarily translate into improved health and nutrition, either for producers or consumers. How can standard agricultural development strategies—promoting agricultural intensification, greater linkages to markets, and high-value production—also create positive impacts on health and nutrition? This brief argues that a key element linking these programs to improved outcomes is the dimension of gender roles and gender equity.
UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to Support Maternal, Child Health
Together with UN agencies and partner organizations, the UN Foundation will seek to address global health priorities, including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, clean cooking solutions, and access to reproductive health services…. More»
LONDON (AP) — Giving young women an education resulted in saving the lives of more than four million children worldwide in 2009, according to a new study published Friday. American researchers analyzed 915 censuses and surveys from 175 countries tracking education, economic growth, H.I.V. infection rates and child deaths from 1970 to 2009. By using statistical models, the researchers found that for every extra year of education women had, the death rate for children under 5 dropped by almost 10 percent. They estimated that 4.2 million fewer children died in 2009 than in 1970 because women of child-bearing age in developing countries were more educated. In 1970, women in developing countries ages 18 to 44 had attended about two years of school. In 2009, it was about seven years. The study was paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was published Friday in the London-based medical publication Lancet. Read the rest of this entry »
“Second, we are focusing on the needs and contributions of women and girls, who are still frequently overlooked and underserved by health professionals who don’t notice their suffering or hear their concerns. Our commitment to promoting the health of women and girls is, of course, for their sake, but also for the sake of their families and communities. Because when a woman’s health suffers, her family suffers and then there is a ripple effect throughout a village as well. But when women are healthy, the benefits are similarly broad.
Too often, the social, economic, and cultural factors that restrict their access to health services—such as gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, lack of education, lack of access to economic opportunity, and other forms of discrimination—remain unacknowledged and unaddressed. We are linking our health programs to our broader development efforts to address those underlying political, economic, social, and gender problems. And we’re working with governments, civil society groups, and individuals to make sure that the needs of women and girls are recognized as critical not only by us, but by the health ministers, the people at the grassroots who administer care every day, that they are taken into account in the budgets and the planning of finance ministries, prime ministers, and presidents.”
DfID has launched an open consultation on reproductive, maternal and newborn health to inform their future work in this area. Improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the developing world is a major priority for the British government. DfID would like to hear from people in the UK and around the world – to help them understand different viewpoints, how the issues might vary between countries, and how DfID could work better with partners. Visit www.dfid.gov.uk/choiceforwomen to participate in the discussions.
Last Chance to Register for the NCRW 2010 Annual Conference!
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!! Join NCRW and the US National Committee for UNIFEM at our Annual Conference 2010, June 11-12 Hunter College, CUNY, West Building, New York City
Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health Read the rest of this entry »
Event (DC): Frontline Innovations in Maternal Health Care: Meeting Africa’s Urgent Need for Skilled Midwifery and Fistula RepairJune 8, 2010
The International Center for Research on Women and AMREF are pleased to present a seminar on
The provision of effective maternal health care has very clear health system requirements. The first is that community health care facilities must function and provide the basic services that save mother and newborn lives, including skilled staff, essential commodities and regular supervision from the district level. The second is linkages to a functioning referral system to ensure that women get appropriate care in the event of complications.
AMREF’s recent review and extensive experience supporting management of health services in East Africa indicate that these elements are not yet adequately addressed in existing health systems. In response, AMREF has crafted three strategies to address this urgent need: working with government to revitalize community health centers, creating virtual approaches for upgrading the skills of nurses and midwives, and strengthening regional capacity for the treatment of fistula. Speakers will discuss the response focusing on this strategic approach.
Thursday, June 10, 2010, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
International Center for Research on Women
1120 20th St N.W., Suite 500 North
Washington, D.C. 20036
Dr. John Nduba, director, reproductive and child health, AMREF
Ms. Angela Nguku, coordinator, virtual nursing training school, AMREF
Dr. Weston Khisa, project manager, regional fistula repair project, AMREF
Please RSVP to Sherla Allen, email@example.com by Tuesday, June 8.
Women Deliver 2010, a global conference, will be held in Washington DC on June 7-9, 2010. The theme of the conference is: “Delivering solutions for girls and women,” and we plan to focus on political, economic, social/cultural, and technological solutions. This global meeting will expand on Women Deliver’s hallmark of inclusivity, reaching out to new partners and new communities. With all these partners in one room, we will further prove that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Women Deliver 2010 will move the dialogue to the global arena with two strong messages:
- The MDGs will not be achieved without investing in women.
- There is just enough time, if the world commits funding now, to achieve MDG5 — additional US$10 billion annually by 2010 and US$20 billion by 2015.