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Obama Administration Should Work To Reform Helms Amendment Implementation, Do More For Global…

The Hill: The hard truth about reproductive health under Obama Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice “…The Helms Amendment, enacted by Congress in 1973, prohibits foreign assistance funds for abortion services ‘as a method of family planning.’ The policy has been strictly implemented by USAID as a complete ban on support or counseling for…More

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U.N. Officials Warn Governments, Donors To Avoid Complacency In Ebola Efforts

Associated Press: U.N. warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase “The United Nations is urging donors, organizations, and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000…” (Cook, 3/2).

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Nearly 30 Countries Vulnerable To Ebola-Type Outbreaks Without Stronger Health Care Systems,…

News outlets discuss a new report from Save the Children examining lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic for health care systems development. The Guardian: Ebola epidemic is ‘wake-up call’ for investment in universal health care “Up to 30 countries are vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic, unless the world sits up and helps get urgent investment…More

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Ebola, Other Infectious Diseases Highlight Africa’s Health System Challenges, Says European…

EurActiv: Andriukaitis: Ebola highlights Africa’s health challenges “The ‘Ebola: From Emergency to Recovery’ conference, being held by the European Commission [Tuesday], provides an important opportunity to plan for the long-term recovery and resilience of affected countries, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EurActiv in an exclusive interview…” (Gotev, 3/3).

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UNAIDS Commends Nigeria For Establishing HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Law

The Guardian Nigeria: U.N. commends Nigeria’s assent to zero discrimination law “The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has commended Nigeria, and President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Anti-Discrimination Law which protects persons living with HIV and AIDS against discrimination and stigmatization…” (Musari, 3/2).

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Changes In Funding Disbursements Lead To Delays, Setbacks For India’s Main Public Health…

Reuters: Exclusive: Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programs “India’s main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters…” (Kalra, 3/3).

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More Pregnant Women In India Underweight Compared With Sub-Saharan African Counterparts, Study…

News outlets discuss findings from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examining prepregnancy weight and weight gain among pregnant women in India and sub-Saharan Africa. ANI/Huffington Post India: 40 Percent Indian Women Are Underweight During Pregnancy: Study “As per a new study, maternal health in India [is] much worse…More

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Local Nurseries Network Lowers Rates Of Child Malnutrition, Improves Maternal Health In India

NPR: How ‘Flower Beds’ Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies “…In 2012, a group of tribal leaders worked with nonprofits and the government to launch the Fulwaris, which literally means ‘flower beds’ in Hindi. Fulwaris are a network of nurseries run entirely by moms in the community who take turns feeding and caring…More

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U.N., Malaysian Health Officials Work To Repeal Fatwa Requiring All Muslim Women To Undergo FGM

VOA News: U.N., Malaysia Groups Seek to Repeal Fatwa Requiring FGM “In 2009, Malaysia’s National Fatwa Committee, the nation’s top Islamic council, required all Muslim women in the country to undergo female genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. … Government health officials who are in negotiations with Malaysia’s National Fatwa Committee say the ruling…More

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Improper Storage Of $3.7M Worth Of Pentavalent Vaccine Ruins Donated Supply, Pakistani Health…

Reuters: Pakistan wastes $3.7 million worth of donated vaccine, official says “Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday. … The ruined vaccines were pentavalent vaccines…” (Hassan, 3/2).

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‘Fault Lines’ Episode Examines Accountability For Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Al Jazeera America: Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera — Full Episode “Fault Lines travels from Haiti to the United Nations headquarters in New York City to ask who should be held accountable for a cholera epidemic that has reached crisis levels…” (3/2).

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2 HIV-1 Groups Originated In Gorillas, Researchers Show

News outlets discuss the findings of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing two of the four groups of HIV-1 originated in Western lowland gorillas. Agence France-Presse: Origins of HIV virus strains traced to gorillas (3/3). New York Times: Two Strains of HIV Cut Vastly Different Paths (Zimmer, 3/2).…More

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Governments, NGOs Should Work To Implement WHO Public Health Interventions For NTDs

Epoch Times: The Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases César Chelala, international public health consultant “…The NTDs seriously impact economic, social, and health indicators. … They may cost national economies hundreds of millions of dollars that could be avoided with effective prevention campaigns. … The WHO has developed five public health interventions to improve prevention,…More

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Foreign Investment In African Health Programs Should Lead To More Local Investment Over Long…

Washington Post: Moving Africa toward health self-sufficiency Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…On global health in particular, the United States and Tanzania have performed wonders together over the last decade. … But amid this success, one statistic should cause concern. In 2002, Tanzania’s public sector accounted for about 25 percent of health expenditures in the country.…More

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