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Obama Administration Announces ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative To Promote Girls’ Education Worldwide

News outlets discuss the Obama administration’s launch of the Let Girls Learn initiative to assist girls worldwide in attending and completing school. Associated Press: Obama announces new education effort to ‘let girls learn’ “Saying every girl ‘has value,’ President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help…

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More Than 12,000 Children Orphaned, Left Vulnerable By Ebola Epidemic In Sierra Leone, Report Shows

The Guardian: Ebola ‘leaves 12,000 orphans in Sierra Leone’ “The devastating impact of the Ebola crisis was laid bare this week with a report showing more than 12,000 children have been orphaned by the disease in Sierra Leone. They have been identified in the first national survey of orphans, which…

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World Leaders, Women Can Work Together To Reach Gender Equality By 2030

Inter Press Service: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “…When [world leaders] meet at the United Nations in New York in September, they will have the opportunity to revisit and re-commit to the goals of [the Fourth World Conference on…

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Ebola Epidemic Is ‘Wake-Up Call’ To Improve Poor Nations’ Health Care Systems

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Wake-Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the World’s Health Systems Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, discusses a new report from the organization, titled “A Wake-Up Call,” that “focuses on the way that the inadequate health services in the [three…

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More Pregnant Women In India Underweight Compared With Sub-Saharan African Counterparts, Study Shows

News outlets discuss findings from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examining prepregnancy weight and weight gain among pregnant women in India and sub-Saharan Africa. ANI/Huffington Post India: 40 Percent Indian Women Are Underweight During Pregnancy: Study “As per a new study, maternal health…

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Partnership, Cooperation Keys To Reaching Sustainable Development Goals, Including Those For MNCH, FP

Devex: Let’s be bold for women and girls, and let’s do it together Joy Phumaphi, chair of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and executive secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance “…Ensuring that women are well nourished and safe in childbirth, that adolescents are empowered to delay sex…

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Global Health Organizations Launch First Annual World Birth Defects Day

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: March 3 Marks the First Annual World Birth Defects Day Diana Valencia of the CDC’s Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities discusses the first annual World Birth Defects Day, which takes place March 3. She writes, “The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness…

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MSF Focusing On Adolescents For International Women’s Day 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières: International Women’s Day 2015: Why adolescent health? Tane Luna, Médecins Sans Frontières’ women’s health adviser and an obstetrician, discusses MSF’s focus on adolescent girls for this year’s International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Luna examines how the organization is bringing health care to young women through…

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Pakistani Provincial Police Issue Arrest Warrants For Parents Who Refuse Polio Vaccinations For Children

New York Times: Pakistani Officials Issue Arrest Warrants Over Refusals of Polio Vaccine “Determined to curb Pakistan’s polio crisis, police officials in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said Friday that they had issued hundreds of arrest warrants for parents for refusing to vaccinate their children…” (Khan, 2/27).

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Proposal Would Limit International Access To Ketamine, Drug Used As Anesthetic In C-Sections, Campaigners Say

The Verge: Plan to crack down on ketamine puts millions of women at risk, say campaigners “A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations ketamine is…

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