Category Archives: Women and Girls

Why a new vaginal ring could be a game-changer in HIV prevention

Thesla Palanee-Phillips, University of the Witwatersrand
The results of the two studies showing that a vaginal ring can help reduce the risk HIV infection among women is being hailed as an important HIV prevention breakthrough.

Launched four years ago, the two clinical trials, known as ASPIRE and The Ring Study, set out to determine how safe and effective the ring was in prevention of HIV infection in women. The ring, which is used for a month at a time, contains an antiretroviral drug called dapivirine that acts by blocking HIV from multiplying.

The studies enrolled close to 4500 women aged 18 to 45 in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Each study found that the ring helps reduce the risk of HIV infection in women. In ASPIRE, the ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by 27% overall. In The Ring Study, infections were reduced by 31% overall.

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Blog Action Day: Raising Voices Against Brutality, Inequality in Education & Other Worldwide Injustices

We live in an amazing time in the world. Technology has changed so much about the way we live and what we now consider to be basic necessities. But beyond things like cell phones, iPads, text messaging and email, one of the most important ways that technology has impacted our lives is that it has given people all over the world a voice.

As the “new media” revolution continues to evolve, web-based content creators are increasing in numbers and taking full advantage of the many opportunities to connect, share and report on pressing issues that are capturing the attention of the world at large. Online sharing has not only had a huge effect on the messages that get communicated to the masses, but also on the demographic that receives the messages. Issues and stories that were once relegated to short blurbs in the Culture section of the local newspaper, now have the ability to gain viral traction simply by being discussed on a popular blog or podcast.

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Our Instagram Takeover With the Liya Kebede Foundation

Last week we partnered with the Liya Kebede Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that supports safe motherhood initiatives, on an Instagram takeover to discuss maternal health in India. I was delighted to share photos from Delhi where I saw Save the Children’s maternal health work in one of Delhi’s slums, Okhla.

Below see the photos and facts about maternal health in India.

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Pregnancy Loss Cards Help Families, Friends Deal With Miscarriage

In the United States, miscarriages cause the loss of between 15 to 20 percent of reported pregnancies, or around 750,000 each year. Miscarriages are painful times for women and often family and friends do not know how to properly empathize. Dr. Jessica Zucker, a Los Angeles based psychologist and writer, specializing in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health, experienced a miscarriage at 16 weeks and wrote an article for the New York Times about the culture surrounding miscarriage that ultimately went viral. Now, she has created pregnancy loss cards to help families and friends properly express empathy for women who have had a miscarriage.

“My aim in my writing and with this product is to help shift the cultural conversation (and lack of it) around miscarriage, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, etc,” Dr. Zucker said. “I’m also creating stillbirth/baby loss announcements. These cards fill a gaping hole in the marketplace and in culture.”

You can buy the pregnancy loss cards at shop.drjessicazucker.com. The cards cost $4.50.