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U.N. Urges Continued International Support For Post-Typhoon Rebuilding In Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: Six months after typhoon, U.N. working with communities to rebuild lives “Six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, while signs of recovery are starting to emerge, progress remains fragile, the United Nations today said urging continued international support for the 14 million people affected…” (5/7).

Child Marriage Contributes To Uterine Prolapse Incidence In Nepal

The Guardian: Nepalese women suffer stigma and pain of fallen wombs “…[H]undreds of thousands of Nepalese women suffe[r] from uterine prolapse, a condition where the womb drops into the vagina and, in severe cases, slides out of the body. The disorder is more common among older, post-menopausal women, but the…

Reporting Continues On Maternal, Child Mortality Issues

News coverage on maternal and child mortality continues, following the release of several reports this week. Devex: Niger’s persistent problem “Niger, a poor landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, has ranked a total of nine times at the bottom of Save the Children’s annual Mothers’ Index since the launch of the…

U.N. Official Urges Continued Support For Afghanistan’s Vulnerable Communities

U.N. News Centre: Afghanistan: U.N. official urges long-term support for vulnerable communities “In the wake of last week’s massive landslide in north-eastern Afghanistan, a senior United Nations relief official today voiced deep concern about the impact of conflict and natural disasters in the country, and urged the world to step…

Pakistan Works To Contain Polio, Issues Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the spread of polio in Pakistan and the country’s efforts to contain the disease. Al Jazeera: Vaccination workers under fire “Anti-Western sentiment threatens to reverse progress made in polio vaccination roll-outs in Karachi…” (Crilly, 5/7). New York Times: Pakistan: Province Bars Entry to Those Not Vaccinated…

Save The Children Releases Annual State Of The World’s Mothers Report

News outlets report on findings from Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report, which was released on Monday. Agence France-Presse/Global Post: Somalia worst place to be a mother “Somalia is the worst country on Earth to be a mother, according to a report published by Save the…

Belief In Witchcraft Undermining Health Care In Papua New Guinea

IRIN: Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service “…[S]tories [of people being treated by traditional healers because they believe they are cursed] are not uncommon in [Papua New Guinea (PNG)], a largely traditional society with 836 languages and where belief in witchcraft or sanguma as it is known in Tok Pisin,…

Disaster Relief Network In Philippines Concerned About Onset Of Typhoon Season

Devex: Nowhere to run James Shepherd-Barron, disaster management consultant, disaster epidemiologist, and Shelter Cluster coordinator in the Philippines “…Within a week after [Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines], the organizations that together form the Shelter Cluster had distributed tarpaulins, blankets, mats, and cooking sets to 35,000 of the worst-affected families. ……

Deaths Rise As Aid Cuts Affect Health Care Access For Myanmar’s Rohingya

New York Times: Death Stalks Muslims as Myanmar Cuts Off Aid “…The crisis began with the government’s expulsion of Doctors Without Borders, one of the world’s premier humanitarian aid groups and the lifeline to health care for more than a million Rohingya increasingly denied those services by their own government.…

Health Workers In Pakistan Battle Polio, Militants

Foreign Policy: SWAT M.D. “…Ever since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover in its hunt for Osama Bin Laden, real medical professionals have found themselves in the crosshairs in Pakistan. The Taliban have banned immunizations and accused those attempting to deliver medical services in the tribal areas of…