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Doctors, Organizations Issue Open Letter About Homosexuality In Ugandan Paper

“In an open letter appearing [Thursday] in a Uganda newspaper, more than 60 doctors and eight organizations provide answers to questions posed by President Yoweri Museveni on homosexuality in a December 28 letter. The president wrote the letter as he considered the fate of the Anti-Homosexuality bill the nation’s Parliament…

Reaching MDG Child Mortality Target Will Require Continued Investment, Innovation

Devex: Who’s winning the battle against child mortality? “Around the globe, child mortality rates are dropping … thanks to investments and partnerships among governments, investors, aid groups, and other stakeholders. … ‘The data show that tremendous progress has been made during the past few decades’ in improving the well-being of…

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…