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Yemen Facing High Malnutrition Rates Among Children

New York Times: Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen “…Yemen is the most impoverished country in the Middle East, and among its grim distinctions is having one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Political turmoil since the 2011 uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh…

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Pakistan Overcomes Geographical Challenges, Terror Threats To Vaccinate Children

NPR: Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat “…In 2013, the country saw between 60 and 85 percent immunization coverage against diseases like measles, tuberculosis, polio, and meningitis. In 1980, the rate was almost zero…” (Beaubien, 12/18).

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Chinese Locals Sign Petition To Expel 8-Year-Old HIV-Positive Boy From Village, Highlighting Stigma

Agence France-Presse: Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy “The plight of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching Thursday in a country where discrimination against sufferers remains rife…” (Connor, 12/18). CNN: Chinese villagers sign…

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More, Better Data On Women, Girls Will Help Inform Development, Health Policies

Devex: More data on women and girls on the way “…The Millennium Challenge Corp., PEPFAR, the World Bank, several U.N. agencies, and other development organizations came together Monday to make new commitments through Data2x, an initiative led by the United Nations Foundation that works to advance gender equality and women’s…

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7 Innovations That Would Greatly Impact Global Health

The Guardian: Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health Shashi Buluswar, executive director at the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab “…Working with more than 1,000 experts, we have analyzed where new technologies can make a game-changing difference in the fields of global health, food security…

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Bill Gates Reflects On Global Health Progress Made In 2014

Gates Notes: Good News You May Have Missed In 2014 Bill Gates reflects on global health progress made in 2014, including a decrease in under-five deaths worldwide; milestones met in HIV/AIDS efforts; the widespread implementation of a rotavirus vaccine; a new TB treatment regimen; and Nigeria’s success in eliminating Ebola…

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UNICEF Expands Ebola Appeal To $500M, Says Only 24% Of Funding Secured

Agence France-Presse: UNICEF ups Ebola fight, needs $500mn for next six months “The U.N. children’s agency said Friday it was scaling up efforts to fight Ebola, including to help thousands of children in West Africa orphaned by the deadly virus…” (12/12). UNICEF: To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based…

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UNFPA Humanitarian Response Head Speaks About Gender Bias In Ebola Epidemic

Ebola Deeply: Ebola’s Gender Bias: The Triple Threat Facing Women “Directly or indirectly, women and girls are statistically more likely to be affected by Ebola than men. Ebola Deeply spoke with Ugochi Daniels, who heads UNFPA’s Humanitarian Response, about Ebola’s gender bias. … ‘If you’re a woman in an Ebola-affected…

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Up To 10,000 Ebola Orphans Face Stigma In West Africa

New York Times: An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’ “…Ebola has been wretched for children. More than 3,500 have been infected and at least 1,200 have died, United Nations officials estimate. … The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says that across the region there may…

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WASH Improvements In Developing Countries Would Reduce Maternal, Newborn Mortality, Report Says

News outlets discuss a report on water, sanitation, and hygiene and maternal and newborn mortality published in PLOS Medicine. BBC News: Poor water and hygiene ‘kills mothers and newborns’ “Many mothers and newborns are dying because of a lack of sanitation, safe water, and hygiene while giving birth, leading health…

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