SOURCE: The New Times

Obstructed labor can happen to any woman, regardless of geographical location. However, it is only in the developing world that it leads to devastating injuries such as obstetric fistula.

SOURCE: Nigeria Health Watch

In 2016, Dr. Oluwakemisola Agoyi and Dr. Roland Ojo witnessed the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and community-based birth attendants (TBAs and CBAs) in delivering infants in rural and urban communities across Nigeria.

Source: Plan International

Media reports citing data from a government-managed health information system have stated that up to 4,000 adolescent girls may have visited health facilities for antenatal services in the county of Machakos alone between January and May. The figure for the whole country, it is feared, may run into several thousands.

By: Valentina Demarzo

Period. It’s not the end of a sentence but it should be the start of a conversation about human rights (because yes, women’s rights are human rights).

By: Windsidnoma Djiguimde (Ida)

Menstruation is a normal female bodily function but for many women and young girls in  developing countries, the experience can be a nightmare. This is sometimes due to the limited, or lack  of access to water and sanitation and hygiene products to manage period flow. The World Bank estimates that at least 500 million women and girls worldwide lack access to adequate facilities for managing their menstruation. Menstrual cycle disrupts daily normal activities for many women who do not have enough resources to handle their cycle in a healthy way. For young girls, it means missing days from school, therefore hindering their learning outcomes; and for women, it implies not being able to go to work and losing wages. Period poverty, the lack of access to hygienic products due to economic limitations, touches millions of women and girls in developing countries and constitutes a barrier to gender equality.

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