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27.7 18. Population is sexy and serious. 

This is an article by Alisha Graves, who serves as President of Venture Strategies for Health and Development. Alisha is also a research fellow for Project Drawdown, analyzing the potential contribution of family planning for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 Ms. Graves notes that it is possible to care about global population (i.e. human numbers) and sexual health and rights of individuals. Amazingly, this simple truth seems to befuddle millions of people from across the political spectrum, so it is always good to have it reiterated.

It is on https://tinyurl.com/y6vgmqrj

8.6.2018. This week’s news item, from The Star, Kenya, is headed ‘Suffering in Silence: How Kenyan women live with profound Childbirth Injuries’. Sasha was 9 when she married: she was pregnant before she was 11, but at birth the head could not go through Sasha’s undeveloped birth canal. She was in labour six days, at the end of which the baby was born dead and already decaying. She was left traumatised and suffering from double obstetric vaginal fistula.

There are up to 100,000 new cases of this complaint each year, world wide: 3000 in Kenya, of which only 7.5% are treated.

This article is on tinyurl.com/ybqjayfy