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International Community Must Find Solution For Peace In Syria

The Guardian: Syria’s plight puts the world to shame — leaders must unite to find a solution Yacoub El Hillo, U.N. resident/humanitarian coordinator in Syria, and Kevin Kennedy, U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis “…In 2016, 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance — the highest number…

Zika Virus Outbreak Highlights Women’s Reproductive Health Challenges In Latin America; U.S. Could Use Diplomatic Leverage To Improve Access To Services, Kaiser Family Foundation Brief Suggests

USA TODAY: Zika highlights lack of access to contraception, abortion in Latin America “The Zika outbreak spreading throughout Latin American and the Caribbean is shedding light on what women’s health advocates call an equally important public health crisis: the lack of contraception and basic maternity care in much of the…

Expanding Family Planning Access Requires Coordinated Rights-Based Approach

Devex: Rights-based family planning: Collaboration for acceleration Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, and Yetnayet Asfaw, vice president for strategy and impact at EngenderHealth “…We have both the opportunity and obligation to accelerate our progress [in expanding family planning access] by putting an individual’s rights at the center — and…

WSJ. Magazine Profiles Christy Turlington Burns, Her Nonprofit Every Mother Counts

WSJ. Magazine: Christy Turlington Burns: From Supermodel to Activist “Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns has put her wanderlust in service to fellow mothers through Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit organization she founded in 2010, advocating for women’s health issues spanning the globe…” (Reed, 2/1).

370 Health Workers Respond To Northern Uganda Malaria Outbreak; 658 Dead Since July

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Health workers sent to north Uganda as malaria epidemic kills over 650 “Uganda dispatched a team of more than 370 health workers to the northern part of the country on Monday where a malaria epidemic ravaging the region since July has killed about 658 people. Uganda reported…

Education Program Teaches Life Skills, Contraceptive Options To Kenyan University Students, Lowers STI, Pregnancy Incidence

Thomson Reuters Foundation: From abortions to #condommania: Kenyan students get real about sex “…[T]he number of young women at the university seeking help for DIY abortions has fallen dramatically, [nurse Catherine] Tweni said, since the introduction of a new sex education club two years ago. Pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections…

International Partners Must Accelerate Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Newborn, Child Deaths

Bangkok Post: Upholding the rights of newborns Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO Southeast Asia “…WHO has been prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in the Southeast Asia Region. … Accelerating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health would require governments to ensure sufficient, sustainable, and…

News Outlets Highlight Latin American Women’s Lack Of Access To Family Planning Services, Nations’ Abortion Policies Amid Zika Outbreak, Disease’s Association With Birth Defects

Associated Press: In face of Zika virus, women ponder abortion, childlessness “…While Zika’s exact link to the rare birth defect known as microcephaly is still unclear, warnings from El Salvador, at least six other countries, and health officials across the Americas are raising anxiety for millions of would-be and could-be…

Nearly 2M Libyans Need Humanitarian, Medical Assistance, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: Dire health situation of 2 million Libyans ‘cannot wait for political solution’ to conflict — U.N. agency official “With a political deal among Libya’s numerous factions in flux, some $50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly two million people in the crisis-torn…