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Thursday, March 26, 2015 — South Asia

Bangladesh Introduces Cash Incentive for Poor Pregnant Women and Children


Bangladesh has introduced cash incentives for poor pregnant women and under-5 children in some selected districts to lure them into facilities for health and growth check-ups.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Future Of Africa’s Private Equity Space Is Increasingly Female

Source: AFKInsider

Private equity is historically a male-dominated field, and historically, Africa’s local industry has been no different.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Give Women Credit for Work to Strengthen Families

Source: CNN

The adage -- "a woman's work is never done" -- exists for a reason. Whether it's inside or outside the home, women's labor sustains families. How we assess women's work has long been a contested issue. In the developing world, it's especially important.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Report Offers Insights into How Young People Save in Developing Countries

Source: Washington University

A new project from the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis shows, among other findings, that girls in developing countries, given equal opportunities, will save as much or more in formal financial institutions than boys.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — South Asia

Tampons That Change the World, One Period At a Time

Source: Mashable

"Welcome to the store for vaginas." These are the confident and unapologetic words that greet you when you visit the website forSHEVA, a startup that sells feminine hygiene products for a cause. The branding, which includes a woman in a classic Rosie the Riveter pose holding a box of Playtex tampons, dispels menstrual stigma and promotes women's empowerment with every click.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — South Asia

India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Launches Digitization Scheme for Women Self-Help Groups

Source: The Economic Times

With an objective to promote financial inclusion, Nabard today started a pilot project for complete digitisation of women self help groups (SHGs) to improve the quality of interface between members and banks for efficient and hassle free delivery of banking services.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — South Asia

PPP is an Avenue That Needs to Be Aggressively Tapped

Source: The Financial Express

Alisha Moopen, Director, Aster DM Healthcare, as a young entrepreneur working for improving women’s health, feels that in India there is an immense need for continued innovation in this sphere. She talks about the need for the government, private sector and NGOs to integrate their efforts to strengthen the health system for women in India, in an interaction with Raelene Kambli
Friday, March 13, 2015 — South Asia

Uber Unveils Plan for Training Women Cabbies

Source: DNA India

Cab aggregator service Uber today announced that it had tied up with a Singapore-based company to train women drivers even as it continues to be under a Delhi government ban after a driver enlisted with it allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman executive inside a taxi.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Getting a New Contraception Option to Market: How Public-Private Partnerships Drive Innovation

Source: PSI Impact

The modern Senegalese woman has it together. From raising children to owning a small business, ambition and poise are valued by Senegalese women, according to market research conducted by PSI and its partners before the launch of a new contraceptive option called Sayana Press.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ekocenters to Empower Rwanda’s Women Entrepreneurs

Source: BiztechAfrica

Ericsson and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a pilot project to bring mobile connectivity to EKOCENTER, a social enterprise initiative designed to empower community well-being by bringing safe water, solar power and mobile communications, as well as basic goods and services to underserved communities. The pilot project will be conducted in collaboration with Tigo Rwanda and German start-up company, Solarkiosk.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Proper Sanitary Pads Are Keeping Girls in School

Source: NPR

How do you cut the school dropout rate for girls in a remote pocket of Uganda? And how do you create jobs for village women? The answer to both questions: sanitary pads.
Monday, March 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Plan to Empower More Than One Million Women

Source: The Huffington Post

There is a story that persists around the developing world, to the detriment of families and entire economies: Women are being sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — South Asia

Maternal health in India much worse than previously thought, new study finds

Source: MedicalXpress

More than 40 percent of women in India are underweight when they begin pregnancy, according to a new study published by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MasterCard, Grooming Centre Boost Financial Inclusion for MSMEs in Nigeria

Source: Disrupt Africa

Over 500,000 female entrepreneurs in Nigeria are to be introduced to electronic payments under a new partnership agreed between MasterCard and local microfinance institution Grooming Centre.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Do Female Social Entrepreneurs Pay Themselves Less?

Source: Co.Exist

Over the last 17 years, women-owned businesses have increased dramatically—a substantial 68% since 1977. In a world where women have long lived and worked in the shadows of men, entrepreneurship seems to be helping women narrow the gender gap in the workplace. Until you take a look at their paychecks.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Female Health Company Joins the International AIDS Society's Industry Liaison Forum

Source: CNN

The Female Health Company (NASDAQ - CM: FHCO), which manufactures the world's leading female condom, today announced its corporate partnership with the International AIDS Society's Industry Liaison Forum (ILF). The Female Health Company, the only HIV prevention technology company represented in the ILF, will work alongside preeminent thought leaders, research and academic institutions, and pharmaceutical companies in setting the tone for the next generation's response to the global HIV epidemic.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Afaxys Pharmaceuticals Partners with Project Ruby to Bring Affordable Contraceptives to Women Worldwide

Source: Business Wire

Afaxys Pharmaceuticals, a division of Afaxys, Inc., is proud to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with Project Ruby (PRJKT RUBY), an innovative online platform, to bring affordable contraceptives to women in the United States and the developing world.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — South Asia

Mylan to Buy Women's Health Business in India for $800M

Source: TribLIVE

Mylan Inc. said Monday that it is acquiring some women's health care businesses from an Indian partner in a deal that could be worth more than $800 million and help it capitalize on demand for contraceptives in developing countries.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Entrepreneurial Dream mEntrepreneurial Dream Made Easy in Pakistan

Source: Pakistan Herald

When 40-year-old Salma Bai wanted to set up her own tea shop in Faisalabad, her main worry was obtaining the capital that was required to start an entrepreneurial venture.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — South Asia

Eco-Entrepreneurs Promise Women A Safe Period: Suchismita Pai

Source: The Rising Nepal

Period. While the English dictionary gives several meanings for this rather ordinary word, millions of women around the world associate it with discomfort, pain and embarrassing memories. For hundreds of thousands of girls across India, menstruation means five days of solitary confinement; it’s the one reason behind many being forced to drop out of school and also being subjected to discriminatory social practices. Caught between superstition, ignorance and poverty they end up using anything from straw, ash and tree bark to even cow dung and dirty rags to absorb the flow. Consequently, stories about disease and death are legion.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Gender Inequality Costs Women in Poor Countries $9 Trillion, ActionAid Says

Source: ActionAid

Gender inequality in work costs women in poor countries US$9 trillion each year – more than the combined GDPs of Britain, France and Germany – according to research released today by the international development agency ActionAid.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tampax, Toilets and Shark Tanks

Source: PSI Impact

Inspired by the ABC reality TV show Shark Tank, PSI’s corporate partnerships team recently conducted its own version of the contest. Teams of PSI staffers presented five ideas to three judges, Sumathi Balasubramanian, senior manager, initiatives for girls and women, PSI; Marcie Cook, senior regional director, Asia and Eastern Europe, PSI; and Adeeb Mahmud, director, FSG. The winner was the Tampax for Toilets campaign, submitted by Dan Lawner and Genevieve Kelly of PSI’s East Africa department and Malaria and Child Survival department, respectively. Watch their winning presentation above or read below for more on their idea:
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — South Asia

Used Sanitary Napkins Pose Serious Health Hazards

Source: Yahoo!

Women’s menstrual hygiene products are becoming a public health and environmental menace, raising questions on how they can be disposed safely.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Asian Development Bank Loans $200m to Yes Bank of India to Fund Women’s Self-Help Groups, Small Farmers

Source: MicroCapital

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development finance institution based in the Philippines, has recently approved a loan of up to USD 200 million to Yes Bank Limited, an Indian commercial bank based in Mumbai. The loan will be on-lent to “2.5 million rural, low income women”[1] who are members of self-help groups and “up to 37,000 small-scale farmers”[1] working in rural areas of the country. The loan agreement also includes a provision for USD 1 million to be used for technical assistance for capacity building, including financial literacy training and product development.
Monday, January 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: 100 Million Entrepreneurial Lifelines - Elumelu Foundation Expresses Shock At Women's Poor Response

Source: allAfrica

Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc. and Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu has expressed disappointment with what he described as Nigerian women entrepreneurs' poor response to the $100 million lifeline provided by the Foundation's Africa capitalism Institute for entrepreneurs to boost industrialization in Nigeria.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — South Asia

Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

Source: NPR

It's a new way to do silk screening, that's for sure. Bangalore-based Achira Labs has figured out a way to hand weave diabetes test strips from silk. That sounds pretty luxurious compared to the standard materials of plastic or paper. But silk turns out to have several advantages in a country like India, where weavers who can work a handloom are abundant and the material is readily available and inexpensive.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Army of Women Educates on Trachoma in Ethiopia

Source: Voice of America

An army of women” in Ethiopia has been recruited to teach friends and neighbors how to prevent trachoma, an eye disease that’s preventable but still very common in many parts of Ethiopia. The confederation of national development NGO’s -- Light For The World – has been working to implement national eye health initiatives to prevent trachoma and other eye diseases through the World Health Organization’s initiative “VISION 2020—the right to sight”.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Menstrual Cups Are Lifesavers for Girls in East Africa

Source: Inquisitr

Menstrual cups are proving to be lifesavers, and are changing the way girls in East Africa deal with something every single female in the world does: their period.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

7 Family Planning Trends to Watch for in 2015

Source: Devex

This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and trends to watch for:
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — South Asia

Kerala to Build Largest Social Entrepreneur Network of Women

Source: Gulf News

After the success of its women empowerment initiatives such as Kudumbashree — a women oriented, community-based, poverty reduction project — and She-Taxi, South Indian state Kerala is gearing up to set another landmark seeking to create the country’s largest social entrepreneurship network of women.
Monday, January 5, 2015 — Latin America

Bolivian Women Bank on Sweet Success of Quinoa Bars

Source: The Guardian

Women in a Bolivian cooperative hope to boost income by adding value to their quinoa crop through making chocolate-coated energy bars.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — South Asia

Cabs for Women, by Women: Could Ola Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Source: Firstpost

G-cabs, one of the taxi companies operating in Gurgaon lists the following as a perk of availing their services: "A Panic button, at both the passenger's and chauffeur's end- assuring a safe journey." In the aftermath of the Uber rape case, this seems like an extremely helpful feature for a taxi service to have. However, what it also points out is that some of the solutions women are looking for in terms of safe travel are already available - at least on paper. There are at least four cab operators in the NCR region which offer women-only services - Vira, Priyadarshini, G-cabs, Sakha - however, people still tend to resort to services like Ola and Uber. A report on The Times of India today points out that Ola cabs now plan to make their services more women-friendly by launching a line of 'by women, for women' cabs. The move comes after threats of banning cab aggregating services like those of Uber and Ola.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Global Banking Alliance for Women Announces Partnership to Close Gender Data Gap in Finance

Source: PR Newswire

The Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) is proud to announce a partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Data2X to expand the collection and use of financial data on women in economies around the world. The commitment was announced this morning at an event in New York headlined by speakers Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michael R. Bloomberg, during a panel moderated by Chelsea Clinton. The initiative aims to close the gender data gap in the banking sector, leading to greater financial inclusion and empowerment of women.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Magic Wand for Nutrition and Incomes in Mozambique?

Source: Science and Development Network

Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are growing nutritious and lucrative varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potato.
Friday, December 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The AIDS-Fighting Tampon

Source: The Atlantic

An electrically charged fabric makes for a quick-dissolving delivery vessel for drugs that kill HIV.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — South Asia

India's Orissa Halts 'Bicycle Pump Sterilisation Surgery'

Source: CNN

An Indian state has halted mass sterilisations at health camps after a doctor was found using a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Savings Groups: An Inclusive Emerging Economy, With Africa in the Lead

Source: The New York Times

At a time when news about Africa has been dominated by Ebola, it’s worth observing that a highly encouraging change has been quietly spreading across the continent. Over the past five years, the number of Africans — mainly women — who have joined village-based savings and loan associations has soared to more than nine million. These groups are now operating in 40 countries in Africa. Globally, it’s estimated that 10.5 million people are members of formally trained savings groups in about 65 countries. (PDF) The big story about these groups, including their surprising success and emerging importance in development, comes from Africa.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Microloans Help Latinas Become Entrepreneurs In Los Angeles

Source: Fox News Latino

As if it were a sacred ritual, every week Gloria Sánchez meets to talk business with four other Hispanic women who are on their way to entrepreneurship thanks to the system of microloans.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bank On Poor Women And Phones To Drive Growth In Africa, Experts Say

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Mobile phone technology can help to bring financial services to the 80 percent of African women who do not have a bank account and bolster the growth of the world's poorest continent, Nigeria's finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said on Monday.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

The one dollar contraceptive set to make family planning easier

Source: BBC News

An agreement has been signed which will make contraceptive injections available to women in 69 of the world's poorest countries.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

To end preventable maternal mortality, let’s explore 'business as unusual'

Source: Devex

When you think of efforts to reduce maternal mortality, it’s natural to look to governments, theUnited Nations, the World Health Organization and other national and international bodies charged with responding to global health challenges.
Friday, November 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera Contraceptive for Developing World

Source: The New York Times

Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every three months, is already a popular choice of women in developing countries, who value the convenience and discretion of not having to take a daily birth control pill. But the injections are out of reach for many more women.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Woman Care Global to Market Signos RT Innovative Handheld Ultrasound Technology in Africa and Latin America

Source: Globe Newswire

Woman Care Global (WCG) has announced that it will market, Signos RT, an innovative handheld ultrasound technology, in Africa and Latin America.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nike-backed startups put girls first in fight against global poverty

Source: Mashable

For the past two weeks, ten companies have been consulting with mentors, growing their business models and collaborating with one target demographic in mind: girls in impoverished parts of the world, a population that many say is the most marginalized in the world.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Sterlisation deaths: A rotten healthcare system continues to play havoc in Chhattisgarh

Source: FirstPost

The sterilization camp that left 13 women dead and many battling for life has exposed the rotten healthcare system in Chhattisgarh, yet again.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Credit for all: Increasing women's access to finance


Women’s need for financial services may actually exceed that of men because they tend to live longer, have lower levels of formal employment, own fewer assets, and have less control over household finances.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Smartphone Gadget Pumps Up Breast-Milk Banks

Source: NPR

Friday, October 24, 2014 — Latin America

Thompson Funded to Study Household Air Pollution Among Low-Income Communities in Guatemala

Source: UCSF

A new project aims to train women entrepreneurs to sell liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and provide education about reducing exposures to household air pollution.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Steroids Are No Boon to World’s Poorer Women

Source: The New York Times

Giving steroids to women who are about to give birth prematurely — a standard lifesaving medical practice in richer countries — may be useless or even dangerous in poor countries where most women give birth at home, a major new study has found.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$25M gift to U-M will help Third World moms, babies

Source: Detroit Free Press

An anonymous donor has given the University of Michigan $25 million to bring reproductive health medicine to remote areas in Africa.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Freedom from Hunger, Microcredit Summit Campaign launch project to improve maternal health in the Philippines

Source: Microcredit Summit

CARD MRI, Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign are launching a joint project called “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies” to improve health knowledge and promote behavior change for more than 600,000 women by December 2015.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Table-banking, a booming loan facility among Kenyan women

Source: Shanghai Daily

Initially when she needed a loan, Joan Mwashi would approach a group she belonged to under a microfinance institution.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips, PET to commercialise Wind-Up Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Source: BizTech Africa

Royal Philips has announced a partnership with South Africa based not-for-profit organization, PET (PowerFree Education Technology), to further develop, test and commercialise a Wind-up Doppler Ultrasound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor aimed at addressing the high rates of preventable infant mortality across Africa.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — South Asia

US consumer giant seeks to smash India menstruation taboos

Source: YourHealth

The latest commercial for Procter & Gamble's top-selling brand of sanitary pads in India ticks all the usual boxes - a young woman jogs happily in pristine white trousers, before effortlessly winning a tennis tournament.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

The "Celebrity Couples" of Global Health and Development

Source: Huffington Post

Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls' education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women's incomes and violence -- these are just some of the most powerful relationships in global health and development today. Odd couples, you might think.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobile Technology Overcomes Barriers to Financial Inclusion for Women

Source: Huffington Post

This week more than 1,000 leaders across industry, government and academia have come together at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to discuss new approaches to address complex global challenges.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwandans Balk at Price of Improved Cooking Stoves

Source: Voice of America

A campaign to persuade people in Rwanda to buy a new improved type of cooking stove - which uses less fuel and is less smoky - hasn't succeeded, according to the stoves' manufacturers.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Report: Digital payments bolster economy, promote financial well-being

Source: Cistran Finance

A new report by the World Bank Development Research Group found that incorporating digital payment systems into the economies of emerging and developing countries helps to spur economic growth and individual financial well-being.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Redesigning Birth Control in the Developing World

Source: Pacific Standard Magazine

How single-use injectable contraceptives could change family planning in Africa.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

Source: Huffington Post

As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work. Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork precision. She ensures that the temperatures of the vaccines for pregnant women and children are checked before they are packed under her supervision in cold boxes. After that, three to five autorickshaws, known as the Immunization Express, head off to the villages where mothers, children and pregnant women await them.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why social impact investing is going mainstream

Source: PBS Newshour

Social impact investing is taking off, says Pax World CEO Joseph Keefe, not simply because investors care about diversity and sustainability, but because companies focusing on those issues deliver strong long-term results.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health to Ghanaian Moms


One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

How to make financial inclusion work for women in India

Source: Financial Express

A striking thing in the BJP’s maiden budget was integrating gender in the macroeconomic policy framework.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Medical Research Council and PATH launch new Global Health Innovation Accelerator

Source: AfricanBrains

The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health

Source: Humanosphere

For the first time, there is strong evidence to support the claim that girls education is a great investment. But it goes further than that. Secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Staying safe in conflict zones: advice from women social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

Ashoka fellows leading social change in troubled areas talk about how they protect themselves and stay strong for their team
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

The importance of energy in improving maternal and child health in Africa

Source: AfDB

The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Annual Meetings 2014 commenced in Kigali on May 19. A ministerial visit to healthcare centres in a rural area was organised to coincide with this event. The visit highlighted the importance of rural electrification through the use of renewable energy sources.
Monday, May 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

First step taken in upgrading Myanmar’s Reproductive Health Supply Chain System

Source: relief web

Myanmar is one step closer to ensuring that women and families throughout the country receive high quality reproductive health services and products thanks to a UNFPA, and in partnership with John Snow Inc. and the Ministry of Health, backed standardized national logistics supply chain system which was announced on Thursday (08 May 2014) in Nay Pyi Taw, the nation’s capital. A total of 26 professionals attended a 7 day intensive training session on how to implement as well as operate the upcoming system.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nigeria, 9 others responsible for 60% of global maternal deaths

Source: Business Day

As the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 target of reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health draws closer, latest reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Nigeria among the 10 countries in the world that contribute about 60 percent of the world’s maternal mortality burden.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — South Asia

Harvard Startup Champion Focuses on India's Women

Source: CNN Money

Saathi, a social enterprise startup that provides low-cost sanitary napkins and jobs to women in rural India, took top honors at Harvard's New Venture Competition. Co-founder Amrita Siagal discusses the origins of the project and its path forward.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Latin America

Microfinancing Mexico Via Responsible Tourism Activities

Source: Travel Weekly

Fundacion En Via aims to empower women in Mexican villages with interest-free loans and business coaching.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World

Source: The Atlantic

A globetrotting investigation into the biggest new idea in international development.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Mobile Tech is Changing Africa’s Landscape to Create Opportunities for Women

Source: women 2.0

For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success — financial plus humanitarian gains — is drawing new attention to Africa to not only advance, but also yield change.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Global Health, Abortion Bears the Scarlet A

Source: Aljazeera America

At the Kamazu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, Dr. Grace Chiudzu, the head of the maternity ward, ticks off the most common issues her patients face: “One is bleeding, second is infections, third is abortion complications.”
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the Women Trading Sudan's First Carbon Credits

Source: The Guardian

Cleaner stoves have saved Sudan over 36,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and earned the country its first carbon credits.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Private sector a Key Partner in Canadian Maternal Health Initiative

Source: CBC News

Tying Canada's overseas development assistance to private-sector partnerships has been a controversial proposition for the Harper government, and one that Development Minister Christian Paradis makes no apologies for.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

eKutir’s VeggieLite gains Gates Foundation grant

Source: Press Release

eKutir’s new project VeggieLite is a recipient of Grand Challenges India 2014, supported by the Gates Foundation, USAID and DBT, the Indian government’s anti-poverty scheme.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Oxfam Vietnam Will Begin Investing in Social Enterprises

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

Oxfam’s office in Vietnam has launched a new impact investing program to support social enterprises in the country.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women

Source: PR Web

Bank of America's $10 million investment will support the economic and social advancement of women in developing countries.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Nothing can stop' fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group

Source: Devex

More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and previous United Nations targets and pledges to end FGM within a generation have failed.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Latin America

Brazil Just Became The First Country Ever To Pay Reparations For A Maternal Death

Source: BuzzFeed World

Three years after a landmark human rights ruling, Brazil offers reparations and public commemoration. But the structural inequalities that led to a 28-year-old’s death remain.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Air Pollution Now Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide, UN Health Agency Reports

Source: All Africa

Air pollution - both indoor and outdoor - killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world's largest single environmental health risk, according to new figures released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Microfinance 2.0: Different Methodology Could Reshape Industry

Source: The Guardian

A recent paper published by Harvard Business School and EY advocates for taking a more scientific approach to evaluating the impacts of microfinance programs.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malawi: Antenatal Access Key to Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Source: All Africa

Malawi is leading the developing world in the Option B+ approach to preventing transmission of HIV from mothers to their children. Option B+ provides lifelong HIV medication to all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maternal health activists appeal to court

Source: New Vision

Human rights activists for improved maternal health services have asked the Supreme Court to hear their petition seeking to compel the Government to provide essential adequate kits in referral hospitals for the mothers’ safe deliveries.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — South Asia

Women entrepreneurs struggle for funding in India

Source: Live Mint

A majority of women entrepreneurs in India cannot access institutional finance for many reasons, including the fact that fewer of them have title rights on property that can be used as collateral.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Advancing Breastfeeding: The Power of the Network

Source: Impatient Optimists

Chinese celebrity Ma Yili has over 50 million social media fans, and now she’s using her influence to promote breastfeeding in her home country, where only 28 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed. The “10m2 of Love” campaign Ma is publicizing includes a mobile app to help Chinese women locate and use public breastfeeding spaces. From China to Pakistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam, countries are experimenting with new approaches to promote a life saving, natural practice under threat in the modern world.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

UK aid watchdog tells DfID to focus on quality of healthcare in Kenya

Source: The Guardian

A government watchdog has called on the Department for International Development (DfID) to do more to improve the quality of care at Kenyan health facilities after recording patient complaints of petty corruption and "physical and emotional abuse" by staff.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — South Asia

India Has Millions of Female Entrepreneurs and They Need Easier Access to Money

Source: The Wall Street Journal India

While there may not be many women occupying the executive offices of India, the country is home to literally millions of female entrepreneurs, in charge of their own tiny businesses, according to estimates by the International Finance Corp.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The 'Cursed' Women Living in Shame in Uganda

Source: BBC News

Many people in rural areas believe in witchcraft over medical science says Dr Florence Nalubega, a gynaecologist at Kitovu Hospital in Masaka.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Coca-Cola invests in 'Engine' initiative to help young women in Nigeria

Source: FoodBev

The Coca-Cola Company and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have joined forces to bolster the educational and economic opportunities of more than 10,000 marginalised girls and young women in Nigeria.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Smartphone app reads blood oxygen levels to hospital standards, advances to global obstetrics tests


Private and public investors are injecting $2 million into a Canadian mobile health innovation that offers hope of preventing thousands of deaths and improving the health of expectant mothers, newborns and children throughout the developing world.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

10,000 Women's Perspectives on Non-Communicable Diseases - A New Global Survey

Source: Market Watch

Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Explores Impact of NCDs on Women
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Goldman Floats World Bank $50 million for Fund to Help Women Entrepreneurs

Source: The Washington Post

The new venture, called the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, aims to help close the estimated $300 billion credit gap that the IFC says exists for women-owned businesses.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

South Africa: Brics Countries Urged to Focus On Issues of Gender Equality

Source: All Africa

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has urged officials and experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), attending the Inaugural BRICS seminar on population matters, to give special attention to exchanging ideas on advancing both gender and reproductive health rights.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Qualcomm, Vecna Cares, Etisalat, to Promote Maternal, Child Health

Source: This Day Live

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced its partnership with other operators to improve maternal and child health. They include Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, the nonprofit arm of Vecna Technologies; InStrat Global Health Solutions, a turnkey health care solutions provider; Etisalat Nigeria; Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); and Evidence for Action.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zambia: Govt Takes Healthcare Closer to Solwezi Communities

Source: All Africa

Owning a bicycle by households in the rural parts of Zambia is such a life-saving asset especially to the people of Kimpitubwanga village in chief Kapijimpanga area in Solwezi district who walk several hours in search of health services.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?

Source: Huffington Post Impact

With less than two years left to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for maternal and child health and survival, the UN Secretary-General's independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for monitoring progress did something remarkable last year.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Community-Based Methods for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

Source: Medical Xpress

High mortality rates for pregnant women and newborns continue to be a major health concern in Africa, with Ethiopia being one of the most affected countries.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Prevention is Key to Decreasing Cancer Mortality in Africa

Source: Global Health Africa

For many young women, identifying a lump during a breast self-exam can be terrifying. The thought of cancer strikes fear in the heart of many and unfortunately, it appears to be on the rise according to the recently released World Cancer Report 2014. In 2012 alone, there were 14 million new cancer cases and this number is expected to rise to 22 million in 20 years.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children

Source: Unicef

The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Top 10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2014

Source: IntraHealth International

The past year has given us plenty of global health successes to celebrate.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Filipino coffee queen turns into social entrepreneur

Source: Manila Standard Today

Pacita “Chit” Juan, a champion of Philippine coffee brands, has diversified not only to other businesses, but also to other causes, like creating jobs for the poor.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Political leaders join experts on health to call for innovation in sustainable funding

Source: New Vision

Global health experts and political leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland on the side lines of the World Economic Forum, have concluded that finding innovative ways to optimize funding for health programmes in developing and middle-income countries will be key to development and economic growth.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

To Achieve Good Health We Need Good Education

Source: The World Post

Maternal deaths have fallen from 540,000 a year in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010, and the momentum is there for to save even more lives of mothers and their precious infants.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Child marriage seen as a girl’s health issue

Source: Humanosphere

The development community is starting to pay closer attention to the problem of child marriages.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Successful maternal health partnership seeking scale

Source: Devex

A year after former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched “Saving Mothers, Giving Life,” U.S. and African health leaders believe the inter-agency public-private partnership has proven that surgical and other interventions once thought to be too difficult and expensive can dramatically reduce maternal and infant death in high-mortality settings.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: USAID Announces Award to Prevent, Repair Obstetric Fistula

Source: All Africa

More health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia will be able to prevent, detect and treat the disabling condition obstetric fistula thanks to a new project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

7 wins for global child health in 2013

Source: Global Post

In the battle against child mortality, the global health community gained some ground in 2013. Here are seven political and scientific developments that gave us reason to hope this year.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global push seeks greater spending to improve health

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Lawrence Summers has a new mission. The former U.S. Treasury secretary and chief economic adviser to President Obama is looking to improve the world's health dramatically over the next 20 years. Part of his job is to persuade governments - mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries - to spend tens of billions of dollars a year to get there.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — South Asia

Maternal health program in India failing to deliver

Source: Medical Xpress

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

All Health Care Is Local in Uganda

Source: HuffPost Impact

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successful by addressing the everyday concerns of the voters who elected them to office
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Masimo and Newborn Foundation Jointly Announce Mobile Health Initiative to Reduce Global Newborn Mortality

Source: The Newborn Foundation

The Newborn Foundation’s BORN Project launches with new iSpO2 Rx mobile technology for early detection of health conditions in newborns in low-resource settings.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035

Source: HCP Live

The authors of the framework note that the current generation has the financial and technological capability to begin closing the global health gap.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Home Child Delivery an HIV/Aids Risk

Source: allAfrica

When HIV positive women give birth, treatment for the newborns has to start immediately as any delay may result into the transmission of viruses from mother to child
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Activist finds innovative method to popularise condoms

Source: The Financial Express

Janssen is the Communication Advisor to Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC), a joint programme launched in 2009 by four organisations (Oxfam Novib, Rutgers WPF, i+solutions and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) with the aim of making female condoms accessible and affordable for all.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Baby steps to saving lives

Source: BBC News

Each year, one in 10 babies around the world will be born prematurely and over a million of those will die. But could measuring the size of a baby's feet help save lives?
Monday, December 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why is it so hard for female entrepreneurs to get VC funding - and could crowdfunding be the answer?

Source: Forbes

Unless you spend your days gladhanding at Silicon Valley networking events, getting angel seed funding or VC investment can be tough, especially if you happen to be a female entrepreneur, according to the stats.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Study Demonstrates the Power of Ultrasound Screenings to Transform Maternal and Newborn Care in Rural Uganda

Source: The Wall Street Journal

"Magnet Effect" caused by access to innovative ultrasound technology includes positive clinical trends in antenatal visits and newborn deliveries
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Is Africa Widening or Rising?

Source: Think Africa Press

Africa may or may not be “rising” but it's certainly widening. Obesity is on the rise, and is rising fast.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — South Asia

India launches first bank exclusively for women


India launched its first public sector bank catering for women on Tuesday, an initiative aimed at economically empowering millions of women across the country who do not have access to basic financial services such as bank accounts or loans.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tablets Improve Family Planning Service in Rural Kenya


In Kenya, mobile technology usage is quickly becoming more popular. While these solutions increase access to services, many rural health facilities lack ability to provide adequate service delivery.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Leading health and philanthropic organizations outline plan to address global preterm birth burden

Source: Science Codex

A call-to-action was issued to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to the Countryside in South Africa

Source: allAfrica

South Africa has a serious lack of healthcare facilities in rural areas but some new solar-powered mobile clinics are changing that.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

New health resource to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth

Source: World Health Organization

Interventions address health service gaps for this often overlooked group of women
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to South Africa Countryside

Source: Voice of America News

South Africa has a serious lack of healthcare facilities in rural areas. In many cases, people must walk for kilometers to reach the closest clinic. But some new solar-powered mobile clinics are changing that.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Most African nations ‘will not achieve Millennium Development Goals’

Source: Standard Digital News

Most African countries will not achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the 2015 deadline, women leaders have said. The women raised the red flag in Addis Ababa Ethiopia during a meeting that brought together leaders from across the continent.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women's access to life-saving contraception increases in Kenya

Source: Devex

There are 222 million women in developing countries who wish to prevent or delay childbirth but who are not using modern contraceptives, according to the World Health Organization.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

First women's bond from World Bank raises $165 million

Source: The Economic Times

Bonds tied to social or environmental targets are part of a new trend of social finance, as a growing class of investors seek to bridge the gap between philanthropy and pure financial returns.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UN and World Bank to boost support for women’s health, girls’ education in Africa’s Sahel

Source: UN News Centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to support an initiative to improve women’s reproductive health and girls’ education in Africa’s Sahel region, and to invest $200 million in a new project to achieve these goals.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India

Source: The Guardian

New 'Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Programme' in India is to identify women working in social enterprises and train them to become 'Master Trainers'.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

First Woman to Lead Global Health Council

Source: Digital Journal

The Global Health Council, a network of leading organizations dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest people, has named a veteran of UNICEF, USAID, and other global health organizations as its new executive director.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why are more women leading social businesses?

Source: The Guardian

Research suggests that some female traits and experiences may be behind their choice to become social entrepreneurs
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — South Asia

Lack of birth control hits millions of women globally: India

Source: Business Standard

India today expressed concern over a staggering 222 million women not having access to contraceptive services globally, leading to 80 million unplanned pregnancies, 30 million unplanned births and 20 million unsafe abortions each year.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria's Bank of Industry Seeks to Empower Women with Financial Inclusion Strategy

Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)

For Nigeria to realise its economic goals, a paradigm shift in the nation’s financial inclusion strategy may have become imperative. This was the view of the Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Ms. Evelyn Oputu during at the microfinance conference organized by LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited in Lagos, yesterday.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya

Source: CNN

A young woman steals her way down darkened passages in Korogocho -- one of Kenya's largest slums. Crime, prostitution and drug use are rampant in the locality where a quarter of a million people reside and the young woman's eyes dart around erratically on the lookout for danger. It should be one of the happiest days of her life -- she is pregnant and has just gone into labor. She is also one of the fortunate few that can afford to go to hospital. Some women face a homebirth where, instead of medical equipment, they must make do with cotton wool and razorblades. But the journey to hospital leaves her vulnerable to opportunistic assault.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Social Entrepreneurs On A Mission To Solve Chronic Female Health-Care Problem

Source: SiliconIndia

India is headed on a well-laid path towards modernization in terms of technology and economy. Yet, for most women hailing from interior parts of Indian farmlands, modernization is only a matter of outside change and has failed to reflect their inner mind-sets. When it comes to personal hygiene, over 300 million Indian women prefer home-spun, cotton rag substitutes or even dry leaves or news papers over branded sanitary pads.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 — Latin America

Pfizer’s Adele Gulfo on the benefits of working with women-owned businesses

Source: Devex

As women’s empowerment gains more visibility as a part of the global development agenda, companies are realizing that working with women-owned businesses pays off. Pfizer has discovered that working with women-owned businesses both benefits its business and helps achieve its goals of empowering women, said Adele Gulfo, president of Pfizer Latin America.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New service uses mobile phones to reduce maternal mortality

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

For many rural expectant and new mothers, health care providers may be far away, but new technology is bringing them close through the mobile phone, now almost ubiquitous even in the poorest corners of the world.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Comprehensive and Successful Healthcare: Innovations from Brazil

Source: Huffington Post

For over twenty years Saúde Criança -- "Child Health" in English -- has helped thousands of poor families, mostly female-headed households, cope with chronic health problems that affect their children. It does so through fostering partnerships with public hospitals and implementing a co-responsibility scheme with families whose children suffer major health issues such as cancer, brain tumors, or chronic respiratory problems.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Report Released on Investment in Women-led Business

Source: Press Release

UK-based Social enterprise Value for Women released a new research report this week detailing the problems of under-investment in women-led small and growing businesses. The report is the culmination of five months of research conducted in collaboration with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), BiD Network, ING Bank Sustainability, and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Latin America

Healthy Connections: Technology Promoting Family Health

Source: The Herald

During the Healthier Futures plenary at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton was joined onstage by Pro Mujer's President and Chief Executive Officer, Rosario Perez; Mayo Clinic's President and CEO, John Noseworthy, M.D.; the President of Pfizer Latin America, Adele Gulfo; Sesame Workshop President and CEO, H. Melvin Ming, along withSesame Street Muppet, Rosita, to announce a unique CGI Commitment to Action that will promote healthy behavior and disease prevention among poor women and children in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. The commitment will use a new technology platform integrating mobile, web, and video technology along with remote training and access to specialists.
Monday, September 23, 2013 — Latin America

Latin American link-up aims for US$1 syphilis test


Paraguayan and Uruguayan scientists are working together to develop a US$1 diagnostic test for syphilis, which they hope could be launched as early as next year. The early-detection kit for a disease that affects three million people in Latin America would be used alongside pregnancy tests to cut cases of congenital syphilis, say the researchers, who have linked up through the UN University's Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC), based in Venezuela.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — Latin America

Unequal Access to Health Care in Latin America No. 1 Killer of Moms & Kids

Source: Hispanically Speaking News

An international delegation recently concluded their meeting on infant and maternal health in Latin America. The conclusion – unequal access to health care is still the number one killer for mothers and their children. While child mortality has more than halved in the region according to the World Bank, children from impoverished homes are five times more likely to die before they turn five years old. The majority of those deaths deemed preventable. Over the past 20 years significant improvements have been made on maternal health and mortality rates have dropped by 40 percent.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Swaziland: MSF Rolls Out Innovative Approach to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Source: Doctors Without Borders

Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their children is an essential step in curbing the epidemic of the disease in Swaziland. Beginning in February 2013, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been rolling out an innovative approach, commonly referred to as PMTCT B+ (prevention of mother-to-child transmission, option B+), in southern Swaziland's Nhlangano area.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Dispatches from the Field: Transforming Breast Cancer Care in Rural Africa

Source: Fletcher Allen Health Care

To a Ugandan woman, “a diagnosis of breast cancer is like a death sentence,” explains Kristen DeStigter, MD, Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology at Fletcher Allen. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Ugandan women, with more than 75 percent of patients diagnosed with stage III or stage IV cancer. DeStigter, the co-founder of Imaging the World (ITW), hopes her program can change that. ITW brings ultrasound training, technology, and telemedicine to rural parts of low-income countries, and promises cost-effective, sustainable breast cancer detection, remote diagnosis, and greater breast cancer awareness.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

India's government hails interventions for reducing maternal deaths

Source: International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

According to the Indian minister of health and family welfare, "various interventions" spearheaded by the country's government have contributed to a successful reduction in maternal mortality over the last 12 years.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 — Latin America

Breast-feeding woes: Mexico sees dramatic drop of moms nursing, raising concerns over health

Source: The Star Phoenix

Despite the well-known advantages to breast milk and vigorous campaigns around the world championing breast as best, Mexican mothers say the bottle is better.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Celebrate royal baby, but remember childbirth is still a killer

Source: CNN

As the world celebrates the long-awaited addition to the British royal family, it is worth taking some time to reflect on the women around the world for whom childbirth is not such a joyous, beautiful and celebrated occasion.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

7 Female Social Innovators Changing the World

Source: The Next Women

Michelle Wright celebrates seven amazing women who are pioneering social change.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — South Asia

Microfinance sector being gender biased?

Source: Business Recorder

Women represent 59 percent of the total microfinance borrowers in Pakistan, says a World Bank report titled "Are Pakistani women being served by the Microfinance Sector". This share is seemingly an impressive proportion for a male dominated society like Pakistan. Now take a step back and look beyond the numbers. Around 50-70 percent of the micro-loans drawn by women are passed on to male members of their family.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Report Finds Gradual Fall in Female Genital Cutting in Africa

Source: The New York Times

A comprehensive new assessment of the ancient practice of female genital cutting has found a gradual but significant decline in many countries, even in some where it remains deeply entrenched.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Civil war is killing children in the Central African Republic — but it's not doing it with bullets

Source: Global Post

Experts weigh in on the short- and long-term ways war negatively impacts child health.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Mothers Shun Free Maternity Health Care

Source: Inter Press Service

It has been a month since the Kenyan government waived the maternity fee at public health facilities, but Millicent Awino is still one of the many expectant mothers in favour of a home birth.
Monday, July 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Women Entrepreneurs Becoming Force in the Developing World

Source: Entrepreneur

You may not have heard of the "third billion," but you may one day feel their impact. The third billion is a term used to describe the billion women, mostly from emerging markets, who will join the global economy as employees, employers and entrepreneurs over the next decade.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Maternal Health Startup Makes History As First 'Do-It-Yourself' Benefit Corporation In Michigan

Source: Forbes

A Michigan startup company founded by University of Michigan students has made legal history by becoming the first “do-it-yourself” benefit corporation in the state. Deborah Burand, a law professor at the University of Michigan and co-founder of the International Transactions Clinic (ITC), reports.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Change From the Very, Very Bottom Up

Source: Huffington Post

You may have heard of multinational corporations, such as Unilever, seeking to target the so-called ‘bottom of the pyramid’, providing goods and services to the $5 trillion marketcomprising the poorest 4 billion people in the world. But there are also small business owners from that segment of society targeting that market.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Women floriculturists turn entrepreneurs

Source: The Hindu

Defying illiteracy, 420 women floriculturists from Kotha Reddypalem and Patha Reddypalem villages in Machilipatnam have proved that they can be successful entrepreneurs
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 — South Asia

"Being a woman gives me patience and humility"

Source: Times of India

Aparajita Agrawal's Sankalp Forum is the first platform globally that has social enterprises at its core.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World food security and what young Africans can do about it

Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with the world’s fastest-growing and youngest population, seek to create more agriculture jobs.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women Entrepreneurs in Eurasia, Africa Get $100 Million Boost

Source: The Daily Beast

In a promising step toward the economic empowerment of women in emerging markets, the Coca-Cola Co. and International Finance Corp. (IFC) on Monday announced a joint initiative that aims to support female entrepreneurship in Eurasia and Africa.
Monday, March 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Democratic Republic of Congo, Women Face Deep-Seated Bias

Source: PBS Newshour

Anonciata, a 30-something mother of four, survived a brutal raid on her town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but not without injury.
Monday, February 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

Olivia Mukam on Founding Cameroon’s First Social Entrepreneurship Program

Source: The Next Women Business Magazine

As President and Founder of Harambe-Cameroon, Olivia Mukam established Cameroon’s first Social Entrepreneurship Program: an opportunity zone for Cameroonian university students to translate their ideas into actions, as they propose business enterprises to solve local problems. The initiative Harambe-Cameroon is led by an alliance of young Cameroonians in the Diaspora, from the US, UK, France and Asia. Founded in 2009, Harambe Cameroon is an independent branch of the global alliance Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, recognized and supported by the White House, the UK's Westminster, the Ghanaian Parliament, plus African and global leaders such as Mo Ibrahim and Aliko Dan Gote.
Monday, January 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

At Davos Investing in Women Emerges as a Business Strategy

Source: The Daily Beast

In recent years, investing in women has become more than inspiring rhetoric or good PR for a company. It’s now becoming a core business strategy yielding quantifiable returns. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in 2011, to “achieve the economic expansion we all seek, we need to unlock a vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come.” By “increasing women’s participation in the economy and enhancing their efficiency and productivity,” the secretary said, “we can have a dramatic impact on the competitiveness and growth of our economies.”
Monday, January 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Early lessons from Walmart’s sourcing from women entrepreneurs

Source: Devex

When it comes to making the case for empowering women entrepreneurs, it’s “mission accomplished,” according to Isobel Coleman, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy Program, who has researched the issue for many years. Speaking at a December 2012 panel on supply chains, she said most development experts now agree that including women entrepreneurs in global supply chains is “one of the great levers of change” and that “putting more money in the hands of women entrepreneurs” leads to positive outcomes for families, communities and nations. The only question now, she said, is how to accomplish the task.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia: Ellen Launches Reports On Women's Health, World Malaria 2012

Source: All Africa

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on all health partners to identify ways in which, working together, Africa can continue to ensure that the progress made is maintained and enhanced regarding women's health and in combating malaria in the African region.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Toilets, Not Cell Phones, Are Key To Education Around The World

Source: Forbes

John Kluge says things many people want to say, but don’t because they think it’s taboo. Kluge is out to change that.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Maternal health gets a boost in Malawi

Source: Mail & Guardian

On a gray Wednesday morning in the Malawian capital of Lilonge, a group of young people perform a skit for philanthropist Melinda Gates who has come to visit their recreational centre, a drafty room with wooden, board walls and a corrugated iron roof that don't quite meet.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profile: Elizabeth Scharpf Seeks Affordable Solutions to Women's Hygiene

Source: PBS NewsHour

Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government graduate Elizabeth Scharpf, 35, appears confident with a warm smile. These attributes no doubt come in handy when Scharpf travels the world to raise awareness about a subject that most people don't often discuss: menstruation.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Child marriage perpetuates cycle of poverty for young people

Source: Deseret News

In the developing world, one in 10 girls is married before the age of 18. One in seven is married before 15. Tino Borantu of Ethiopia was married at age 9.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Education boosts role of local women

Source: China Daily

Women in the Tibet autonomous region enjoy rising social status and are stepping beyond their traditional roles, according to an official at the Tibet Women's Federation.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study paints sad picture of women in poor countries

Source: Standard Digital

Women perform more than half of all economic activities in developing countries but only a third of their work is captured by statisticians, a new report says. This means women are likely to miss out on business, industrial and social development opportunities arising from globalisation.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — South Asia

How To Strengthen Pakistan's Economy? Empower Women!

Source: Forbes

Changemakers talked to Shaista Bukhari about how to unleash the entrepreneurial power of women and what it could mean to Pakistan’s economy, if more women were to open businesses on their own. A transformation that requires more than just seed money.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — South Asia

LifeSpring Hospitals: Providing Affordable, Quality Maternity Care to India’s Middle Class

Source: Knowledge@Wharton

Last year, when 24-year-old Madhuri Satyanarayan, a resident of Neredmet village in Andhra Pradesh, found out that she was pregnant, her joy was tempered with anxiety about the medical costs. At the nearby private hospital where she went for her check–ups, the cost of delivery was estimated to be around US$500.
Friday, October 26, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Mideast, North Africa trail behind globe for working women

Source: ANSAmed

(ANSAmed) - Rome, October 26 - Just 22% of those who work in the Middle East and North Africa are women. The average is 27% in Egypt, Jordan, Lybia, Morocco and Tunisia.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women Entrepreneurs Drive Growth in Africa

Source: New York Times

KAMPALA, UGANDA — Far too often, in the view of Africa’s budding female entrepreneurs, their continent is characterized as the recipient of aid that enables residents just to struggle by, and as a place that mistreats and marginalizes its women.
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