Counting stillbirths and achieving accountability: A global health priority

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16 AUGUST 2017 | ONLINE — “The inclusion of stillbirth rate estimation among the key indicators for the global strategy for women, children, and adolescents is a step in the right direction but needs to be complemented by robust implementation and annual reporting,” writes PMNCH Board Member Professor Zulfiqa A. Bhutta in this perspective piece published PLOS Medicine. Dr Bhutta also highlights the work that needs to be done to include stillbirths in national reporting systems and to improve the quality of vital registration programs as well as classification systems used to categorize stillbirths.

International Youth Day 2017

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11 AUGUST 2017 | GLOBAL — To mark International Youth Day, members of the PMNCH Adolescent & Youth Constituency in a series of op-eds discuss the key issues that will help deliver the world young people want. They call for better accountability, better alignment and underline the importance of using every opportunity and platform to push for youth participation and the recognition of the contributions of youth led initiatives that will go a long way in delivering the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Read the first op-ed from Carles Pericas, IFMSA & PMNCH AY Constituency Member.

A never-before opportunity to strengthen investment and action in adolescent contraception

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8 AUGUST 2017 | ONLINE — Increasingly, the health and rights of adolescents are being recognized and prioritized on the global agenda. This presents a “never-before” opportunity to address adolescent contraception as many adolescents are still unable to obtain and use contraceptives. From research and programmatic experience, it is clear that to meet the needs/fulfil the rights of adolescent, a different approach is needed. In this commentary, the authors call for action in several key areas to address this persistent inability to obtain and use contraceptives, and a move away from one-size-fits-all approaches.

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