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Fewer Zika Cases In Latin America This Year But All Countries Must Remain Vigilant, WHO Says

Reuters: Zika ebbing in Latin America but vigilance needed: WHO “Brazil and Latin America are recording lower numbers of Zika infections than last year, but all countries must remain vigilant against the virus which can cause birth defects, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday…” (Nebehay, 2/1).

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World Bank: Improve water and sanitation access for Latin American kids

If Latin America is to gain more ground on the fight against poverty, children need better access to basic resources like running water and sanitation, according to newly released data from the World Bank.

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4 environmental rights issues to follow in Latin America

In Latin America, advocating for environmental rights is more critical than ever. Resource-rich lands and waters across the region are increasingly exploited in the form of logging, ranching, agricultural and mining operations to meet the soaring demand for raw exports like oil and timber in the north. Sometimes, these activities drive industrialization onto land without

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Africans join the mass migration movement through Latin America

A rising number of African refugees and migrants are braving a perilous journey through Latin America, joining the throngs of Central Americans and other migrants on the same route in search of a better life in the U.S. Latin America has become an increasingly popular route of entry to the U.S. for both African and

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Uganda scores major victory against river blindness, nears eradication

Uganda is edging closer to eliminating river blindness from the country. The government announced this week that it eliminated the disease in four areas of focus in the country, leaving only two more areas with active transmission of the parasite. “This is the largest number of human beings declared free of river blindness under the

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More activists being killed in their fight for the environment

Last year was the deadliest yet for activists seeking to protect their land, forests and rivers from destructive industries like mining, logging and dams, according to a report released Monday by Global Witness. The report, “On Dangerous Ground,” uncovered 185 deaths from news reports and public records – a death about every other day –

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Activists say indigenous women are still absent in Latin American politics

The indigenous rights movement has made significant strides in Latin America over the last few decades, but indigenous women across the continent remain sorely underrepresented in political decision-making. Indigenous activists brought this problem into the spotlight during the First Congress of Indigenous Parliamentarians of America (IPA) held in Panama last week, calling for continued progress

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Planes carry Cubans north, ending long standstill in Central America

The last direct flight carrying Cuban migrants out of Costa Rica arrived in Mexico on Tuesday, ending an effort to transport Cubans who have been stranded in Central America since mid-November. Nearly 8,000 Cuban migrants had been stuck in Costa Rica after Nicaragua, a Cuban ally, began denying them entry. As the flow of migrants

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Japan To Provide $1M To WHO, Other Organizations To Address Zika In Latin America

Xinhua News: Japan pledges 1 mln USD in aid to tackle Zika virus in Latin America “The Japanese government on Friday pledged 1 million U.S. dollars in emergency aid to help Latin American countries tackle the Zika virus after a case was confirmed near Tokyo a day earlier. The financial aid will be provided to…More

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U.N. Women Head Calls For Expanded Reproductive Rights In Latin America Amid Zika Outbreak;…

CNSNews.com: Head of U.N. Women: Expand ‘Reproductive Rights’ in Zika-Affected Countries ‘Not Only Because of Zika’ But It’s the ‘Right Thing to Do’ “U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told CNSNews.com Tuesday that ‘reproductive rights’ of women in countries affected by the Zika virus must be advanced ‘not only because of…More

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PRI Series Examines Various Aspects Of Zika Outbreak In Latin America

PRI published two articles as part of its #HerPlanet series on the Zika virus. PRI: The budget for the Rio Olympics is 16 times higher than the budget to combat the Zika virus “…For the Olympics in Rio, the Brazilian government has allocated $9.7 billion from both public and private sectors, which is 16 times…More

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Zika Outbreak Highlights Importance Of Access To Sexual, Reproductive Health Care In Latin…

PLOS “Translational Global Health”: Let’s talk about sex: Why the Zika outbreak is really about reproductive rights for Latin American women Sarah Borg, a junior medical doctor and intern in the reproductive health and research department at the WHO, discusses how the “Zika outbreak has highlighted a dire need for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health…More

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Let’s talk about sex: Why the Zika outbreak is really about reproductive rights for Latin…

Sarah Borg is a junior medical doctor trained in Adelaide, Australia with a Master of Public Health from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently working as an intern in the Reproductive Health and Research department at the World Health Organization in Geneva. For our blog she applies her learnings to the current debate surrounding the spread of the Zika virus in Latin-America.  Health Ministries of Latin American countries have recommended that women avoid pregnancy until 2018 due to the presumed prenatal consequences of Zika virus. This is despite a lack of sexual education in schools, limited contraceptive access, and strict abortion laws. Women attempting to adhere to this health policy are faced with cultural, religious, financial and legal barriers. There are a growing number of Zika virus cases, currently estimated at around 1.5 million, with the majority concentrated in Brazil.

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At U.S.-Mexico border, Pope Francis calls migrant crisis a ‘human tragedy’

Pope Francis stood in solidarity with the thousands of Latin Americans forced to migrate to the United States as he celebrated Mass in what was once of the world’s deadliest cities, Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, on the U.S.-Mexico border. The plight of an ever-increasing number of migrants who risk extortion, rape and sometimes their lives on

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