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African Countries Promote Voluntary Male Circumcision Ahead Of World AIDS Day

“As activists and educators worldwide prepare to mark the 25th observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, efforts to curtail the spread of HIV infection in parts of Africa include scaling up efforts to promote voluntary circumcision among adult males,” USA Today reports (Healy, 11/28). “Nearly two million men…

U.N. Official Denounces Killing Of Two Health Workers In Darfur, Sudan

“Two Sudanese health ministry workers helping to vaccinate children in the Darfur region have been killed, the United Nations said on Friday, condemning their deaths,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The victims, a vaccinator and a driver, were part of a team inoculating vulnerable children against measles in West Darfur state, Ali…

USA TODAY Examines Resurgence Of Polio In Some Muslim-Majority Countries

“Once close to eradication worldwide, the dreaded disease polio is resurfacing in Muslim-majority countries where vaccinations are hard to come by due to war, religious edicts and ignorance, experts say,” USA TODAY reports. The newspaper highlights outbreaks of the disease and efforts to immunize children in countries such as Syria,…

USAID Supports ‘One Stop Centers’ For Victims Of GBV

One Stop Centers in Rwanda “offer critical integrated services to victims [of gender-based violence (GBV)], including immediate counseling, treatment, lab tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and a physical examination by a doctor,” Triphine Muganyinka, gender coordinator for USAID/Rwanda, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” She adds, “Once exams are…

More African Men Seeking Circumcision To Lower HIV Risk

“Circumcision for AIDS prevention is increasing rapidly in eastern and southern Africa, according to newly released figures,” the New York Times reports. “UNAIDS … said about 3.2 million African men had been voluntarily circumcised since word began spreading in 2007 of studies showing that it lowered the risk of infection…

Humanitarian Assistance For Displaced Malian Women Needed To Prevent ‘Survival Sex’

Writing in an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress” blog, Marcy Hersh, a senior advocate at Refugees International, says that some displaced Malians are resorting to “survival sex, a form of prostitution used by those in extreme need.” She notes, “One year ago, following a coup that ousted Mali’s president,…

Uganda Launches First-Ever ‘Adolescent Girls Vulnerability Index’

“Uganda has become the first country in the world to institute an Adolescent Girls Vulnerability Index [.pdf], thus recognizing the unique challenges that teenage girls face and their effect on society as a whole,” VOA News reports. The index, released earlier this month by the Ugandan government and UNICEF, “could…

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