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Zika-Linked Brain Damage More Severe Than Expected, Experts Say

Wall Street Journal: Brain Damage in Zika Babies Is Far Worse Than Doctors Expected “…The scale and severity of prenatal damage by the Zika virus are far worse than past birth defects associated with microcephaly, a condition characterized by a small head and brain abnormalities. Scans, imaging, and autopsies show…

Wilson Center Event Explores Zika’s Impact On Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights Agenda

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda Francesca Cameron, a program assistant with the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, summarizes an April 12 Wilson Center event on Zika and women’s health and rights, during…

Marking World Malaria Day, Blog Posts Discuss Efforts To Eliminate Disease

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: The ‘Ride’ To Eliminating Malaria In Haiti Michelle Chang, director of Malaria Zero, a CDC-led collaborative initiative aimed at eliminating malaria in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, writes, “As we celebrate World Malaria Day, my experiences in Haiti can highlight hard-won achievements which are even more…

Mosquito-Borne Diseases Pose Threat To Quake-Hit Ecuador, CARE International Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Zika, dengue fever pose ‘immediate threat’ in quake-hit Ecuador — charity “Mosquito-borne diseases including the Zika virus and dengue fever pose an ‘immediate threat’ to survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador four days ago, an international charity said on Thursday. Efforts to help more than…

Reform Of Policies Criminalizing Drug Possession Should Promote Human Development, Health

Inter Press Service: Laws Criminalizing Drug Possession Can Cause More Harm Tenu Avafia, policy adviser in the HIV, Health, and Development Group at the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), and Rebecca Schleifer, consultant at the UNDP “…Laws criminalizing drug possession for personal use and other non-violent, low-level drug offenses drive people…

Abortion Legal In Colombia, But Women Face Barriers To Accessing Procedure

Foreign Policy: Colombia’s Pro-Lifers Are Objectively Pro-Zika “…Before 2006, Colombia was one of three countries in the region that completely banned abortion. But that year, a group of human rights lawyers won a hard-fought constitutional battle, and the country’s Constitutional Court overturned the ban. … [T]hanks to a byzantine bureaucracy,…

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