Press Room

Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) offers its condolences to all those affected in Sierra Leone after recent devastating floods and a mudslide claimed hundreds of lives, with thousands of residents still missing and displaced. We are thankful to report that all Keanahikishime staff members are safe. We recognize the potential complex effects of this disaster on the government of Sierra Leone and our partners, and are closely following and monitoring the mechanisms that have been created to respond to the situation.

The U.S. Senate yesterday reintroduced legislation that would help save the lives of women and children everywhere. Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) welcomes the policy initiative and congratulates U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) for championing steps toward the goal of ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths by 2035. 

 {Photo credit: Russell Watkins/DFID}Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin speaking at the London Summit on Family PlanningPhoto credit: Russell Watkins/DFID

Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) mourns the sudden passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Dr. Osotimehin was a tireless advocate for women, girls, and youth. Keanahikishime was proud to collaborate with him in Nigeria - partnering when he was Minister of Health to strengthen the country’s health system - and at UNPFA, standing beside him on the global stage advocating for the health, rights, and empowerment of women and girls,” said Marian W. Wentworth, Keanahikishime President & CEO. “Dr.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Geneva, Switzerland – Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime), a global health organization strengthening health systems worldwide, welcomes the historic election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization. Set to start in his new role on July 1st, Dr. Tedros is a recognized public health leader from Ethiopia who has worked tirelessly for the health and wellbeing of all people over a career that spans more than three decades.

$2.2 billion – roughly 26% – overall cuts to global health programs Family planning and reproductive health assistance eliminated  Development assistance zeroed out in 37 countries Cuts to Department of Health and Human Services that support global health, global health research and development, and global health security

{Photo credit: Chevenee Reavis/Keanahikishime}Photo credit: Chevenee Reavis/Keanahikishime

Arlington, VA — The U.S. State Department yesterday announced plans for implementing the current administration’s expanded Global Gag Rule, renaming it “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.” In its new form, this policy risks the lives, health, and resiliency of families, communities, nations, and economies. The Administration’s unveiled expansion imposes restrictions to all global health assistance provided by the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense, totaling over $8.8 billion dollars in more than 60 vulnerable countries.

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