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World Marks 100th International Women’s Day

Marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet reflected on the progress made on women’s rights issues over the past century while noting the barriers yet to be overcome, the Canadian Press reports. “The last century has seen an unprecedented expansion of women’s legal rights and entitlements,” Bachelet said, noting the progress made in voting rights for women, laws against domestic and sexual violence, and women in the workplace, the news service writes (Lederer, 3/8).

Also In Global Health News: Rights Abuses In Myanmar; Indian Malnutrition; Mali Global Fund Grant; Shift In USAID’s Programs In Afghanistan; Gates Foundation Grant For Vaccines

Human Rights Abuses Impacting Health Situation In Parts Of Myanmar, Study Says “Human rights abuses and counter-insurgency campaigns in Chin State, western Myanmar,” are negatively affecting the health situation of area residents, according to a recent PLoS Medicine study, IRIN reports. “The indirect health outcomes of the abuses likely dwarf the…

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The Importance Of Investing In Adolescent Girls: A Lancet editorial examines the challenges adolescent girls living in developing countries face and the work of the U.N. Adolescent Girls Task Force (UNAGTF) to help young women overcome these barriers. “This International Women’s Day, we recognise that investment in today’s population of…

U.N. Panel Recommends Reparations Fund For Victims Of Sexual Violence In DRC

A high-level U.N. panel on Thursday recommended that the international community “create a special reparations fund for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” following an assessment of the conditions faced by survivors of such acts, Agence France-Presse reports (3/3).

Also In Global Health News: Libyan Refugee Crisis; HIV Vaccine Program In India; Speeding Drug Development; Ugandan Malaria Training Program

As Thousands Flee Libya, World Leaders, International Aid Agencies Respond With Humanitarian Aid “Libyan border crossings were overwhelmed Wednesday by tens of thousands of hungry, fearful people fleeing its burgeoning civil war,” the Associated Press reports. “U.S. Ambassador Betty King in Geneva said the United States is giving $12 million…

Protesters Call On Indian Government To Reject Free Trade Agreement With EU

Thousands of HIV-positive people from India and across Asia marched in New Delhi on Wednesday to protest the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and India, “which [some argue] has provisions that would restrict access to affordable medicines,” the Times of India reports. “Though government officials have…

Inter Press Service Explores How Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Act, Possible EU-India Free Trade Agreement Could Scale Back Access To Affordable Medications

Inter Press Service examines how legislation in Kenya targeting counterfeit medications and a possible EU-India Free Trade Agreement could scale back access to affordable and safe generic medications widely used in developing countries. The article describes the toll of counterfeit medicines in Kenya and the decision in 2008 to pass the country’s Anti-Counterfeit Act – a move Onyango Opiyo, the executive director of the Nairobi Network of Post-Test Clubs, which supports people living with HIV/AIDS, says has held up legitimate generic medications. The piece also notes Opiyo’s growing concern over the impact negotiations between the EU and India could have in further slowing access to generic medicines.

Scientists At Retrovirus Conference Present Findings on Microbicide Gel, Truvada, Male Circumcision, ART Care By Nurses

At the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston on Monday, researchers “suggested the potential” of a gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir to reduce the risk of anal HIV transmission, TIME’s “Healthland” blog reports. With previous trials showing the gel reduced HIV vaginal infection risk, “[r]esearchers have wanted to know whether the gel could protect against anal transmission of the virus, since the risk of infection from unprotected anal sex may be more than 20 times that of unprotected vaginal sex,” according to the blog (Melnick, 2/28).

Also In Global Health News: UNESCO Report; U.S. Aid Teams To Libyan Borders; Improving Hygiene, Sanitation In India; Health System Strengthening Grant In Uganda; Disaster Relief Water-Cleaning Technology

Sexual Violence Hinders Girls’ Education, UNESCO Report Says In its annual report on education, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlights how sexual violence affects development issues, including girls’ education, the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports. According to UNESCO, “in 35 countries affected by conflict there are 28 million children out…