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Activists Challenge El Salvador’s Anti-Abortion Laws

The Guardian: El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state “El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest abortion laws, with abortion a crime even when a woman’s life is at risk. Human rights activists say this has created a system of persecution in the country’s…

U.N. Must Be Held Accountable For Cholera In Haiti

Wall Street Journal: The U.N., Cholera and Responsibility Stanley Alpert, an attorney representing Haitian plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.N. “Imagine if the United Nations killed thousands on the streets of New York. Or London. Or Paris. And sickened nearly a million more. Would the U.N. claim it was…

The Atlantic Examines Factors Surrounding High C-Section Rate In Brazil

The Atlantic: Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections “…Brazil has a free, public health care system, but many of its wealthier residents — about a quarter of the population — use a private insurance scheme that functions much like the U.S. medical system. … The economics of private insurance certainly…

Chilean President Bachelet Vows To Revise Nation’s Abortion Ban

GlobalPost: Is Chile about to end Pinochet’s total ban on abortion? “…Chile is one of just six nations in the world, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, which have blanket bans on abortion, permitting them in no circumstances, even if the mother is at the point…

Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).

Health Officials Confirm Chikungunya Outbreak In Dominican Republic

News outlets report health officials have confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya in the Dominican Republic. Associated Press: Mosquito-borne virus arrives in Dominican Republic “Health authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported the first outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly in the Caribbean in the weeks since it…

PEPFAR Helping Haiti Make Progress Toward AIDS-Free Generation

In a post on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Julia Martin discusses PEPFAR’s role in Haiti’s progress against HIV/AIDS. She writes, “This year, Haiti reached an historic milestone in its HIV/AIDS response by achieving universal access to treatment. This means that 80 percent of those…

U.N. Official Urges Donor Community To Scale Up Cholera Response In Haiti

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: Senior U.N. official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to tackle cholera “The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves, and is calling on the donor community…

‘Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied’ For Reproductive Health Care Rights

The Guardian: Reproductive rights and wrongs: how discrimination blights maternity care Mónica Arango, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights “More than 4,000 Brazilian women die each year from complications with their pregnancy. Maternal mortality remains the leading cause of death among women…