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Egypt Sees Slow Reduction In FGM, But Practice Still Widespread

Associated Press: Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation “Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure. … Fadl’s continued popularity demonstrates the challenges to curbing the…

CDC Director Says West African Ebola Epidemic Far From Over; USAID Chief Speaks With L.A. Times; U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Troops On Ebola Mission

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ comments on efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The Hill: Ebola epidemic ‘nowhere near over’ in West Africa, CDC director says “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden said the Ebola epidemic is ‘nowhere near over’ in West…

U.N. Concerned Over Further Isolation Of Ebola-Hit West Africa

Inter Press Service: West Africa: U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash “The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa. ‘It’s a psychological fear,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS.…

Complications From Preterm Births Leading Cause Of Death Among Children Under Five, Study Shows

News outlets report on a recent study showing complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of mortality among young children worldwide. The Guardian: Complications from preterm births now the main killer of under-fives “Complications associated with preterm births have become the leading single killer of children under five, outpacing…

South Africa To Spend $2.2B Over 2 Years On HIV Antiretrovirals

Reuters: South Africa to spend $2.2 billion on HIV drugs in next two years “South Africa plans to spend $2.2 billion over two years to buy HIV/AIDS drugs for public hospitals, a government minister said on Monday, as a study shows the prevalence of the virus is rising…” (Motsoenen, 11/17).

Sudan Again Denies U.N. Access To Darfur To Investigate Mass Rape Allegations

Reuters: Sudan denies U.N. access to Darfur village to check rape accusations “Sudan has refused to let U.N. and African Union peacekeepers visit a village in the western Darfur region to investigate allegations of mass rape for the second time this month, saying it was skeptical about the motives for…