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This is Africa

Patrick Egwu

15 February 2019

Enugu, Nigeria

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To combat the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa, communities band together to spread awareness through film, religious outlets, community gatherings, and other creative means of education. While...

All Africa

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Annie Njanja

15 February 2019

Senegal

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This cross-border story, which takes place in Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal, examines 3 different approaches to address the still-widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In Nigeria, a short film about FG...

Yes! Magazine

Sydney Worth

5 February 2019

United States

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A smartphone app connects users with sex experts who are qualified to answer questions about healthy sex and relationships. Juicebox aims to fill gaps in the heteronormative sex education offered in U.S. schools and s...

NPR

Rachel D. Cohen

20 January 2019

New York, United States

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When a medical student identified a lack of education and materials provided to her class that focused on LGBT information and resources, she and her classmates decided to confront the school administration about the ...

Business Daily

Nasibo Kabale

17 December 2018

Mandera, Mandera County, Kenya

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Two regions within Kenya, Mandera and Isiolo, have made significant strides in reducing their rate of maternal mortality cases. Both counties employed similar tactics, such as improving facility quality, increasing th...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

7 November 2018

Kano, Nigeria

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Through ‘child spacing’ strategies, Nigerian health centers have helped women gain greater autonomy and have increased planning about the size of their family. Nurses discuss child spacing with women during antenatal ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

30 October 2018

Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria

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The Nigerian state of Oyo has a modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 24%, which is the highest in the country compared to the national average of 10.8%. This can be attributed to family planning services bro...

NPR

Jeff Brady

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To change the way that young boys and men are taught about consent and sexual assault, a youth group in Philadelphia is hosting conversations, fostering dialogues, and ultimately letting them come to the "right answer...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

9 October 2018

Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

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Medical professionals travel to remote areas of Nigeria with little access to family planning or maternal health care to hand out resources such as condoms or birth control and to train villages' Traditional Birth Att...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aneri Pattani

28 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In many cultures, women are discouraged from discussing personal health issues and sexual concerns and the doctors they consult often lack a full understanding of this context. By providing support to patients and tra...

South China Morning Post

Laurie Chen

25 August 2018

China

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Two young adults from Changshu, China are behind a growing movement to bring attention to and educate students and teachers on the silent subject of child sexual abuse in China. In addition to tackling the big picture...

CNN

Portia Ladrido

27 July 2018

Philippines

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Roots of Change provides reproductive health education to young people in the Philippines. Despite resistance from the conservative government, they’re working to educate young people about sex to cur down on high mat...

The Guardian

Libby Hogan

12 July 2018

Yangon, Myanmar

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The Myanmar-based organization, Strong Flowers, is providing men and women with sex and gender education. Teaching such classes in a notoriously conservative culture can be challenging, but founder Dr. Thet Su Htwe an...

NPR

Josie Huang

23 June 2018

California, United States

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For almost ten years, HEART Women and Girls, has been offering culturally-specific sex education for the Muslim community across the United States. HEART not only provides in-person training and online discussions, bu...

KTN News Kenya

Dorcas Wangira

21 June 2018

Kisumu, Kisumu County, Kenya

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FGM, or Female Genital Mutilation, is still being conducted in Kenya albeit now in secrecy. A group of high school girls in Kisumu, Kenya developed an app that is part of the effort to end the practice. The app includ...

Yes! Magazine

Ivy Brashear

20 June 2018

Kentucky, United States

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An internship program in rural Kentucky takes a bottom-up approach to reproductive health education. All Access EKY hires young female interns to create media and social media campaigns about teenage pregnancy and bir...

The Guardian

Amrit Dhillon

12 June 2018

Purabgaon, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Villages in India were recording record high rates for maternal mortality due to a combination of factors such has poor diets and lack of education, but a women's group has started a grassroots approach to mitigating ...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stephanie Capper

10 March 2018

Nepal

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In Nepal, Chhaupadi is a ritual in which menstruating women are banished to small sheds for the duration of their period. Women are forced to stay outdoors, and potentially face extreme weather conditions. The practic...

BBC

Ruth Evans

India Rakusen

19 December 2017

Malawi

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In Malawi, a small silicone ring that sits around the cervix and releases antiretroviral drugs is being tested to determine how effectively it reduces a woman's risk of contracting HIV. So far, trials have shown promi...

Pulitzer Center

Amy Yee

13 November 2017

Keur Simbara, Senegal

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Many people who practice Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) consider it a private, cultural issue. The procedure, which is performed on girls, requires “cutting off the clitoris and parts of the labia and sealing the vag...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

10 November 2017

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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While great strides have been made, ignorance and misinformation around how HIV is contracted remains to this day. In order to dispell some ignorant ideas, a Toronto hospital that focuses on HIV care created a pop-up ...

News Deeply

Sally Nyakanyanga

9 November 2017

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Young women and girls in Africa face difficult stigmas when menstruating, as well as prohibitive costs to hygiene items and other resources, leading many of them to miss critical days at school and otherwise be left ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Amitha Kalaichandran

26 October 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Disseminating correct HIV information to the public can be difficult but an HIV prevention program for the homeless has used artificial intelligence to select 'influencers' who are more likely to spread information. T...

Broadly

Steven Blum

25 October 2017

California, United States

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California does well when it comes to healthy teen sex behaviours, but the Healthy Youth Act has pushed this even further. This act provides a more comprehensive education including LGBTQ relationships, medical accur...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Blythe Bernhard

19 October 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis has one of the highest rates of STDs and HIV in the state, but the city's Health Department has implemented a creative method for providing safe sex education and testing. The staff at salons and barber shop...

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