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Brazil Plans ‘Mega-Operation’ To Combat Mosquitoes; Scientists Continue To Investigate Potential Zika Complications

GlobalPost: Brazilian researchers find hundreds more microcephaly cases that predate Zika “Researchers trying to pinpoint what’s causing birth defects in Brazil might have just hit a setback. A study in Brazil’s northeastern state of Paraiba, published Feb. 4 on the World Health Organization (WHO) website, found there were far more…

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Return On Investments In Childhood Vaccines Can Be High In LMICs, Study Shows

Quartz: A new study confirms that spending $1 on childhood vaccines can save $44 in future savings, in poor countries “…This month in Health Affairs, a team of U.S. public health and data specialists calculated the costs and economic benefits associated with distributing childhood vaccines for diseases in 94 low-…

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U.S. Working To End FGM/C

Council on Foreign Relations’s “Women Around the World”: Three Ways the United States Is Working to End FGM/C In this guest post, Cathy Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State, discusses findings from a recently released UNICEF report on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and describes…

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Debate Continues Over Contraception, Abortion Access For Women In Latin American Zika-Affected Nations

Associated Press: U.S. ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk “The U.S. government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but it warns there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that…

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WHO, CDC, Other Scientists Continue Research Into Possible Causal Link Between Zika, Microcephaly

CIDRAP News: WHO addresses Zika fears as more microcephaly findings surface “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] released a comprehensive backgrounder on Zika virus issues related to childbearing-age women, covering reports of sexual transmission and contraception resources, as researchers promised open data sharing and reported new Zika-related microcephaly findings…” (Schnirring,…

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Obstacles Remain To Abortion, Contraception Access For Latin American Women Affected By Zika

Huffington Post: GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries “Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. ‘This…

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News Outlets Examine Zika’s History, Related Viruses, Other Diseases Responsible For Microcephaly

The Atlantic: The Zika Virus’s Family Tree “…The yellow fever virus that plagued Memphis [in 1878] eventually lent the Latin version of its name (‘flavus,’ meaning ‘yellow’) to the group of viruses that share its molecular characteristics. In addition to yellow fever, the flaviviruses include West Nile, dengue, Japanese encephalitis,…

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Gates Foundation Continues To Invest In Expanding Access To Family Planning Options

Devex: Gates Foundation gives shot in the arm for family planning “…The foundation continues to invest, too, in expanding the range of contraceptives available to women such as injectables that community health workers can deliver directly from pharmacies or eventually that women and girls can self-administer from the comfort of…

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India Begins Deworming Campaign Aimed At Millions Of Children Nationwide

Associated Press: India launches campaign for deworming millions of children “Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development. … The campaign is targeting 270 million children across the country for Wednesday’s…

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Expanding Access To Reproductive Health Services Integral To Comprehensive Zika Response

Huffington Post: Accelerating Progress on Zika Through Better Family Planning Ward Cates, president emeritus; Kathleen Shears, senior science writer; and Rose Wilche, director of research utilization, all at FHI 360 “…The spread of Zika in the Americas adds urgency to the need to help all women — and their male…

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