Stories: Contraceptives

  • Philippines Embraces Free Birth Control Despite Opposition From Catholic Church

    A tropical storm rages outside, and Ruzel Delovino gathers her family into their dimly lit one-room home. A light bulb flickers as she cooks a small pot of rice, shared among her four youngest children, her husband and herself. Water drips into the ramshackle apartments stacked one on top of another in Manila’s most populated slum, Tondo. Below,...

  • Making Progress on the Millennium Development Goals in Brazil

    This April we went to Brazil for a reporting trip which lasted almost a fortnight. It was a great opportunity to learn about the progress Brazil has made in achieving the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. We visited Sao Paulo, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and many nearby cities and favelas. Millennium Development Goal #1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger ...

  • Increased Focus on Sex Promotes Education, Contraceptive Sales on Valentine’s Day

    Jide Odi, 27, a graduate from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, says Valentine’s Day usually leads to an increase in sexual activity.  “People say Valentine’s Day is a time for couples in a relationship to actually have unlimited sex,” he says. “It is the accepted day for one-time marathon sex. So naturally, it is...

  • Die Kosten von „umsonst“

    Read an English translation.  Oft habe ich in den letzten sieben Tagen gehört, dass ein bestimmter Service „free“, also umsonst, wäre. Grund­schule ist natürlich „free“. Und selbst Verhütungs­mittel gäbe es so. Doch immer wenn ich mich mit Menschen unterhalten habe, die...

  • “How to Put on a Condom”: A Home Visit for HIV Testing

    We trail along with two HIV home-visit health workers who work with the CDC Kenya (Centers for Disease Control) to visit with a family in a remote area in the Nyanza province. “Mama Christina” is the 80 year old grandmother living in one mud-walled, thatched roof home, her children and their families live in the others, all surrounding...

  • Kenya’s Climb to the Contraceptive Summit

    Kenya is far more than the sum of its health statistics, of course. I've been here only a few days but have experienced amazing hospitality and kindness, vibrant cities, gorgeous lush countryside, and certainly a feeling that while life is unbelievably difficult for many in the country, there's tremendous potential for change. Still, you can't ignore the...

  • Contraception, Life in Kibera’s Slum

    What do you call the ability to plan for when or if you'll have children? What about the ability to decide for yourself that you're all done having children? Whether you call this family planning, using birth control, contraceptives, or prayer, this is one of those issues which touches almost everyone. Maybe you don't need contraception...