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Communities Renounce FGM; Surgery Offers Hope To Some Victims

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), news outlets report on efforts to stop the practice and help victims. Agence France-Presse: Mali communities renounce female circumcision “Community leaders gathered in Mali Thursday to mark an international day of campaigning against female genital mutilation, publicly renouncing…

UNAIDS Praises Kenyan First Lady’s Maternal, Child Health Campaign

The Star: U.N. praises First Lady’s maternal health project “The United Nations has lauded the Beyond Zero Campaign launched by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. It said the initiative will improve maternal and child health in [Kenya]. ‘Fifteen women die every day due to pregnancy related complications in Kenya and 20…

Increased TB Incidence In Zimbabwe Associated With Food Insecurity, Economic Collapse

Results of a study released by the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health and published in PLOS ONE state that the “rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-9 has been linked to widespread food shortage.” According to the University of Toronto’s press…

Security Threats Negatively Affect Health Care Delivery In Nigeria’s Borno State

IRIN: Violence grinds health care to a halt in Nigeria’s Borno State “Persistent attacks by Boko Haram (BH) militants in Nigeria’s Borno State have forced dozens of clinics to shut down and hundreds of doctors to flee, leaving many residents to seek medical attention across the border in Cameroon, health…

More Aid Needed To Tackle Zimbabwe’s Food Shortage, WFP Says

Deutsche Welle: More aid needed to stave off hunger in Zimbabwe “An estimated two million people in Zimbabwe are said to be facing starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) has been finding it hard to raise funds to ease their situation due to demands from more recent crisis regions on…

Nigeria Reinforces Commitment To Achieving MDGs

This Day Live: U.N. Envoy Pushes for More Progress on Health-related MDGs “With about 694 days to the dateline for health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations Special Envoy for Financing Health, MDGs, and Malaria, Ray Chambers, has called for [a] more concerted effort to accelerate the progress of…

Relief Agencies Call For Support As Humanitarian Conditions Worsen In South Sudan

News outlets report on the worsening humanitarian conditions in South Sudan. Articles focus on the U.N.’s crisis response plan calling for $1.27 billion in humanitarian funding, the country’s food and nutrition crisis, the recent looting of humanitarian supplies, and an interview with MSF’s emergency coordinator. The Guardian: South Sudan: escalation…

Sectarian Violence In CAR Hindering Aid Delivery, Evacuations

Media sources report on continuing sectarian violence in Central African Republic (CAR). IRIN: Aid and evacuations under threat in CAR The news service reports on how sectarian violence is hindering aid deliveries to displaced persons and preventing evacuations from embattled areas (2/5). U.S. Department of State: U.S. Condemns Sectarian Violence…

U.N. Appeals For $1.27B In Humanitarian Aid For South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for $1.27 billion to help relief agencies deliver aid in South Sudan. VOA News: In South Sudan, U.N., Aid Agencies Race Against Clock “Aid agencies in South Sudan are racing against the clock to get food and other assistance to millions of people…

USAID, U.N. Introduce Humanitarian Development Plans In Sahel Region

News outlets report on USAID’s new humanitarian initiative, Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE), as well as the U.N.’s announcement of a three-year response plan in the region. IIP Digital: USAID Commits New Funds to Help Sahel Nations Build Resilience “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has allocated $130…