Roses & Thorns

It’s Friday, and it’s been quite an up-and-down day in news and my Inbox. Let’s recap with a brief installment of Roses & Thorns…

Roses

Recent data from the Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Services Survey (2010) indicates maternal mortality is declining, and Bangladesh is on track to meet MDG 5; MMR dropped from 322 in 2001 to 194 in 2010. Fewer mothers dying in childbirth brings a big smile to my face.

The #dcaidhacktweetup was a wonderful success, filled with interesting conversations and entertaining references to #SEWAL. Special thanks to Tom for coordinating.

The African Mothers Health Initiative, an organization for which a coworker sits on the Board, received a $10,000 grant from PEPFAR.  I love seeing organizations that I know make a palpable impact on the ground getting aid money – huge congrats to African Mothers!

It’s 70 degrees in Washington DC in February. Enough said.

Thorns

Protesters in Bahrain are attacked with tear gas and bullets. Reports on what kind of ammunition was being used were varied, but the attacks are frightening and disheartening regardless.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 240-185 passing an amendment to bar federal funding for Planned Parenthood under the CR being debated on the floor. I’m uncertain how limiting the provision of family planning (by limiting funds) through one of the largest distributors in America is a good cost-saving measure: data has shown every $1 spent on reproductive health services saves $4 in Medicaid costs.

The democrat state senators from Wisconsin decided to flee to a hotel in my hometown in Illinois, resulting in a string of entertaining tweets from Mayor Emanuel bashing dear Rockford. Perhaps should be a rose because it was just that entertaining.

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