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Lancet highlights sexual and reproductive health
A new series � and campaign � on sexual and reproductive health in The Lancet aims to draw attention to an issue that has been "utterly marginalised" from the global conversation about health and wellbeing during the past decade, according to the Editor. ... more

Mothers and children dying needlessly, says report
The State of the World Mothers� Report 2006, published today, identifies female education, presence of a skilled attendant at birth and access to, and use of, family planning services, as the three areas most strongly associated with child survival and well-being. ... more

Vatican 'may relax condom rules'
The Vatican is preparing to publish a statement on the use of condoms by people who have Aids, a senior Roman Catholic official is reported to have said. However, later reports have thrown cold water on the idea that the church might relax its strict teaching on the use of 'artificial contraception' when condoms are used to prevent the spread of the Aids virus. ... more

AIDS epidemic taking hold in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) and its population of just under six million is in the grip of an HIV and AIDS epidemic, which could see a million cases by 2015, says the World Health Organisation. ... more

Big slump in family planning funds
Funding for family planning has dropped precipitately in the last decade,and now makes up only 10 per cent of all population-related assistance, compared to more than half in 1994, the United Nations was warned yesterday. ... more

Bishops in Philippines back family planning
Protestant Bishops have taken a bold stand on artificial birth control, in sharp contrast with the policy of the Catholic Church. ... more

Bush proposes to slash global family planning aid
President Bush's budget proposal for the first time since he took office includes "sharp cuts" for funding of international family planning programmes, which the Bush administration previously said were "one of the best ways to prevent abortion." ... more

Development efforts must include family planning
Development projects designed to improve maternal and child welfare in Africa may incur unexpected costs associated with increases in family size if they do not include a component of family planning, according to new research from the University of Bristol. ... more

African Bank gives help for mothers in Malawi
The landlocked country of Malawi, in East Africa, with its high plateau and beautiful Rift Valley lake, suffers one of the world's highest death rates among women and babies from causes related to pregnancy. Now the African Development Bank has given US$21.44 million to help reduce that tragedy. ... more

UN and UK defy US funding bans
In the face of a continuing funding ban by the US administration, because of its work in China, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has approved its sixth programme of assistance to that country, totalling $27 million over five years. The move has the support of many European countries and has been followed today by the creation of a new fund, led by the United Kingdom, to provide safe abortion services to organisations in developing countries cut off from American funding because of the so-called 'Gag Rule'. ... more

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