Every Saturday on the outskirts of the small town of Luwanga, Zambia, hundreds of women walk along a dusty road that is barely more than a path to the riverbank. About a year ago, a sign appeared at the side of the road informing people that a new form of contraception was available in town.
Family planning is one of the most life-saving, empowering, and cost-effective interventions for women and girls. When women have access to family planning services and reproductive health commodities, they are more likely to go further in their education, survive childbirth, and raise healthier children. Giving women the tools to plan their families can transform economies.
Developing countries often face the unexpected: disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and political unrest. To sustain advances in their health systems while safeguarding communities, health staff and organizations need strategies that promote system resilience—the capacity to anticipate and respond to crises; maintain core functions when shocks strike; and reorganize when extreme conditions or circumstances arise.
“I was treated worse than a baboon in the forest. I had no rights and no say,” said Gulo Bolu. Gulo’s story is an inspiring tale of how one woman’s courage has had an impact on the lives of 30,000 Hamar women. Gulo lives in Wassemu village, Minogelti kebele in southwest Ethiopia. She is the … Continue reading “Empowering Indigenous Communities in Ethiopia to Make Healthy Decisions”