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Female Circumcision Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: The custom of female circumcision remains good business in Indonesia “…Indonesia is home to some 210 million Muslims, the world’s largest population. Researchers believe most Muslim women here are circumcised. The authorities banned the practice in 2006, but backpedaled in 2010 following pressure from some of the country’s powerful…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 264 of the “Global Fund Observer.” This edition includes articles on how countries’ programs are working under the new funding model and a commentary on data quality (4/15).

Egypt Experiences Unexplained Increase Of Avian Flu Cases Since Fall

New York Times: Egypt’s Avian Flu Surge Lacks an Explanation “Cases of H5N1 avian flu have been surging in Egypt since the fall. Egypt has now passed Indonesia as the country with the most human cases in total since the virus was first found in Hong Kong almost 20 years…

Victoria, Australia, Moves To Repeal Law Criminalizing Intentional HIV Transmission

The Guardian: Victoria moves to repeal HIV-specific law criminalizing deliberate infection “Victoria has moved to repeal a law making it an offense to intentionally infect another person with HIV. … It was Australia’s only remaining HIV-specific law that criminalized the intentional transmission of the virus … On Tuesday Victoria’s attorney…

Devex Previews Global Forum On Research And Innovation For Health 2015

Devex: Toward a ‘meaningful change’ on global health research and innovation “The Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 isn’t bound to be your typical international gathering on global health. To be held in Manila, Philippines, the forum won’t be exclusive to health experts and policymakers. Rather, it…

Cambodia Falls Short Of Maternal Mortality MDG Target

VOA News: Too Many Cambodian Women Dying During Childbirth “Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. The number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped in recent years. But it is still far short of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals…” (Kimseng, 4/9).

Australia’s Foreign Aid Cuts Largest Among Developed Countries In 2014, OECD Figures Show

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia’s foreign aid cuts among the biggest in developed world “Australian foreign aid cuts were some of the hardest among developed countries last year, and the world’s poorest are bearing the brunt. But Australia was not alone: OECD figures show 15 member countries reduced foreign aid…