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E.U. Must Stand Firm Against Initiative That Could Threaten Sexual, Reproductive Health

EurActiv: The E.U. must stand firm against ‘One of Us’ Sirpa Pietikäinen, member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the European People’s Party “A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) by a group called ‘One of Us’ could severely impact E.U. development funding for maternal health if it is successful. … This…

Russia’s Takeover Of Crimea Negatively Impacting HIV Prevention Services

The Independent: Battling AIDS: Former health secretary claims Russia is causing setback in efforts to defeat the virus Norman Fowler, former British health secretary “…One of the unwelcome first results of the Russian takeover of Crimea has been a radical change in policy on the treatment of injecting drug users.…

Humanitarian Aid System ‘Stretched To Breaking Point,’ U.K. Development Secretary Says

The Guardian: Justine Greening: global humanitarian aid system is near breaking point “The global humanitarian aid system is being ‘stretched to breaking point’ by climate change, war, population growth, and extremism, and must be overhauled to ensure that more is done to prepare for disasters rather than merely relieve them,…

E.U. Supports Private Sector Involvement In Africa

Devex: Private sector must be our partner in Africa — Piebalgs “The European Union acknowledges that the overall goal of providing electricity to over two million people in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be met by the bloc on its own, without help from the private sector. ‘The private sector… needs to…

U.K. MPs Urge Development Programs To Prioritize Disability

The Guardian: Disability must be a priority within development programs, say MPs “Disability as an issue needs to be a priority within development programs, according to U.K. [members of parliament (MPs)]. A report published on Thursday by the parliamentary international development committee stresses the close links between disability and poverty…”…

More Effort Needed To Guarantee Reproductive Rights For All

Huffington Post U.K.: More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All Lynne Featherstone, U.K. parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development “…[W]hy after 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and 58 years of the Commissions on the Status Women, are reproductive rights still being used…

Number Of Confirmed Ebola Cases Grows In West Africa

News outlets report on the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa. Associated Press: Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78 “Health authorities in Guinea are facing an ‘unprecedented epidemic’ of Ebola, an international aid group warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe…

U.K. Aims To Advance Women’s Human Rights By Eliminating FGM, Child Marriage

Devex: Girls and women transforming their future Justine Greening, U.K. secretary of state for international development “…In too many communities and countries, simply being born a girl is enough to define and limit what you can achieve in your life. If we are to give girls and women a chance…

Lancet Examines Possible Impacts Of Annexation On Crimean Harm Reduction Programs

The Lancet: Fears over future of opioid substitution therapy in Crimea “Russia’s annexation of Crimea is threatening to force hundreds of people who use drugs back into addiction or turn them into refugees as opioid substitution treatment (OST) programs in the region seem set to end…” (Holt, 3/29).