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Ugandan Activists Petition Anti-Gay Law In Court

News outlets report on the continued controversy surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Reuters: Ugandans petition court over controversial anti-homosexuality law “Ugandans opposed to a new anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences have filed a constitutional petition alleging that the law violates fundamental rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Act metes…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Discusses Issues Presented At CROI 2014

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on findings from CROI 2014. One post discusses a study on HIV self-testing in Malawi, while a second post discusses data on the widening gender gap in life expectancy for those with HIV-related illnesses in South Africa (Lubinski, 3/10).

South Sudan Undoes Gains In Food Security, U.N. Says

VOA News: South Sudan Conflict Erases Gains in Food Security, U.N. Agencies Say “The conflict in South Sudan has undone the strides the young country has taken toward food security in recent years, U.N. agencies said Monday. Food insecurity levels had dropped to a record low of 3.4 percent of…

Acute Malnutrition On Decline In Burkina Faso But Chronic Malnutrition Persists

IRIN: Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger “The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts…”…

U.N. Officials Urge Continued Humanitarian Support For Countries Affected By Conflict, Natural Disaster

The U.N. News Centre on Friday published several articles highlighting comments from U.N. officials regarding the humanitarian crises in Central African Republic (CAR), Philippines, and South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: ‘Extremely grave’ situation in Central African Republic demands urgent action — U.N. official “Painting a grim picture of war-torn Central…

Lesotho’s HIV ‘Expert Patient’ Program Suffering Funding Shortfalls

Deutsche Welle: Cutbacks threaten Lesotho’s HIV sufferers “… Around half of Lesotho’s expert patients [who fill the gap between doctors and their patients] are funded directly by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Now, due to contribution shortfalls from donor countries, support from the Global Fund for…

GAVI To Support HPV Vaccination Of 1.5M Girls In 3 Countries

Media outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s announcement that it will support vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) for 1.5 million girls in Rwanda, Uganda, and Uzbekistan. UPI: 1.5 million girls in three countries to get HPV shot “An alliance that helps developing nations said it will support vaccination of 1.5…

Blog Posts Address Issues Surrounding International Women’s Day

Several blog posts discuss different issues surrounding International Women’s Day. Tane Luna Ramirez, a women’s health adviser for MSF based in the Medical Unit Sydney, writes in the BMJ Group blog, “…So on International Women’s Day, as on any other day, my thoughts are with the millions of women displaced…

Health Crisis In Conflict-Torn CAR Continues To Deteriorate

The Lancet: Aid groups warn of ‘catastrophic’ health crisis in CAR “With clashes still continuing in the Central African Republic [CAR], aid groups say the health and humanitarian situation looks set to deteriorate even further. … Aid groups are warning that without greater efforts to bring the fighting under control…

Inexpensive Cervical Cancer Test Could Help Reduce Female Mortality In Africa

VOA News: Simple Technique Could Mean End of Cervical Cancer “Most people think of malaria, AIDS and childbirth as leading causes of death for women in sub-Saharan Africa. But there’s another killer: Cervical cancer. There is a simple test and technology that can save the lives of women in developing…