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Also In Global Health News: Rights Abuses In Myanmar; Indian Malnutrition; Mali Global Fund Grant; Shift In USAID’s Programs In Afghanistan; Gates Foundation Grant For Vaccines

Human Rights Abuses Impacting Health Situation In Parts Of Myanmar, Study Says “Human rights abuses and counter-insurgency campaigns in Chin State, western Myanmar,” are negatively affecting the health situation of area residents, according to a recent PLoS Medicine study, IRIN reports. “The indirect health outcomes of the abuses likely dwarf the…

World Marks 100th International Women’s Day

Marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet reflected on the progress made on women’s rights issues over the past century while noting the barriers yet to be overcome, the Canadian Press reports. “The last century has seen an unprecedented expansion of women’s legal rights and entitlements,” Bachelet said, noting the progress made in voting rights for women, laws against domestic and sexual violence, and women in the workplace, the news service writes (Lederer, 3/8).

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

Investing In Women Worldwide Promotes Development  Government and business leaders worldwide should “see investing in women as a strategy for job creation and economic growth,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in a Bloomberg Businessweek opinion piece, supporting her statement by noting “there are more than 200 million women entrepreneurs worldwide,”…

Advocates, Officials Call For Preservation Of Foreign Aid Budget

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “joined a chorus of celebrities, activists and officials Wednesday” calling for Congress “not to cut foreign aid to try to shrink the U.S. deficit,” Agence France-Presse reports.

U.N. Nutrition Report Calls For Increased Action To Address Stunting In Children

“A United Nations nutrition report [.pdf] released [Monday] shows that progress has been made in recent years in addressing stunting in children, and calls for increased efforts to accelerate a response to a condition that affects some 165 million children across the world,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The UNICEF…

Country Representatives, Development Agencies Gather In Johannesburg For Global Newborn Health Conference

“Representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation attended the world’s first global newborn health conference in Johannesburg on Monday,” Business Day Live reports (Magubane/Rapetswane, 4/15). “Representatives from 50 countries are participating in the four-day conference which…

Focus On Early Childhood Critical To New Development Framework

“UNICEF’s latest report [.pdf] on child nutrition, launched at the Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation and Irish Government, revealed that every year 2.3 million children under the age of five still die of malnutrition and 165 million children are stunted as a result…

Involving Youth In Shaping Global Development Agenda

“The first-ever USAID Youth in Development Policy (PDF) … provides important opportunities to involve global youth in shaping our development agenda and advancing their health and rights,” the Youth Health and Rights Coalition writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” Given that “nearly half of the world’s population — some three billion people…

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