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{Photo Credit: Michael Paydos/MSH}While family planning was declared a human right 50 years ago, 59 million women and girls around the world still use traditional methods that are unreliable and may be unsafe.Photo Credit: Michael Paydos/MSH

Melissa Garcia is a Technical Advisor for the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, hosted by MSH.  This blog was originally posted on the website of the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, hosted by MSH  For this year’s World Population Day, our community celebrated and affirmed the right to family planning. On this day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) also called attention to the many people around the world unable to realize this right.

A Step Toward Universal Health Coverage in Madagascar Story and photos by Samy Rakotoniaina and Alison Baggen In rural Madagascar, people have limited access to savings programs or credit. This impacts community health when people cannot afford to pay for health care. In partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the USAID Mikolo Project promoted the creation of savings and internal lending communities (SILCs) at the Fokontany (village) level to encourage individuals and families to regularly save income and to provide them with access to credit on favorable terms.

{Photo credit: Peter Mbago/MSH}Two health tutors assess a nurse for undertaking task-sharing activities in Bagamoyo District.Photo credit: Peter Mbago/MSH

Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly, and Children (MOH) is committed to addressing the country’s critical shortage of health care workers. To this end it endorsed a task-sharing approach in January 2016 to optimize use of existing staff to accelerate universal health coverage, improve delivery of HIV/ AIDS services, and address other health needs.

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