Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals in the Context of Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health in Africa

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The African Journal of Reproductive Health recently launched a special issue on the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Africa’s development. Despite notable achievements, sub-Saharan Africa did not meet many of the preceding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The special edition explores the transition from MDGs to SDGs in the context of sexual, reproductive and maternal health…read more

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Joannie Bewa (Benin)

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By: Sarah Hodin, MPH, CD(DONA), LCCE, National Senior Manager of Maternal Newborn Health Programs, Steward Health Care

Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop participant Dr. Joannie Bewa is an obstetrician/gynecologist from Benin and Founder of the Young Beninese Leaders Association. She is also a fellow of the US Government International Visitor Leadership Program and Secretary Clinton’s Women in Public Service Project as well as a semi-finalist of the “UN Special Envoy Youth of Courage Award.” Dr. Bewa was recognized for championing the advancement of sexual and reproductive health at Women Deliver 2015 and was featured on Melinda Gates’ list of six influential women on the topic of global access to contraception…read more

GLOW 2015 Conference Gives New Evidence for Putting Girls and Women at the Heart of the New Global Development Goals

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By: Eleni Capsaskis, MPH Candidiate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

On March 4th 2015, the annual GLOW conference was held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in London, jointly hosted by the MARCH Centre of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Institute for Women’s Health of University College London. Global Women’s Research society (GLOW) was created in 2012 to bring together UK-based academics to better advance research and also leadership development. The GLOW 2015 theme was “Reaching Every Women, Every Newborn: the post-2015 research agenda” and the first keynotes looked back to learn, and then looked forward… read more