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Laws Not Enough To End Female Genital Mutiliation

New York Times: Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Mona Eltahawy, author “…Many international treaties designate female genital mutilation a violation of the human rights of girls and women. On Oct. 30, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced a global campaign to end it within a generation. … Laws are…

Blog Posts Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Welcoming the G20’s Commitment To Stop Ebola and Strengthen Global Health Security Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, writes, “[The G20] communique signals a commitment on the part of the world’s largest and most powerful countries…

IMF To Discuss Debt Relief For Ebola-Hit West African Nations After U.S. Proposes Move

News outlets report on a possible move by the International Monetary Fund to forgive the debt of West African nations worst-hit by Ebola. Inter Press Service: U.S. Proposes Major Debt Relief for Ebola-Hit Countries “The United States proposed Tuesday that the international community write off 100 million dollars in debt…

Liberia Sees Progress Against Ebola, While Mali Imposes Stronger Measures To Contain Virus

News outlets report on Liberia’s progress in containing Ebola, while Mali imposes stronger measures to contain the second outbreak of the virus in the country. Reuters: Mali rushes to contain Ebola outbreak, Liberia signals progress “Mali is rushing to impose tougher measures to contain the spread of Ebola after recording…

Nigeria Launches New Plan To Eliminate MTC HIV Transmission By 2015

News outlets report on Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan’s launch of a new plan to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission in the country by 2015. Daily Times: No Nigerian Child Should Be Born With HIV — Jonathan “President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday inaugurated a national operational plan for the Elimination of Mother…