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Nuclear Fallout-Related Health Fears Rise In Japan

Concerns regarding health risks “rose dramatically in Japan Tuesday” after officials said more radiation was released at a nuclear power plant that was damaged in the tsunami, the Associated Press reports. In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation had been emitted from four reactors. “The level seems very high, and there is still a very high risk of more radiation coming out,” he said.

Also In Global Health News: Political Uprisings Could Help Arab Women; Parents Of HIV-Positive Libyan Children Speak; Scientific Commission For Global Food Security; Laura Bush On Foreign Aid Cuts; FDA Approves HIV/AIDS Drug For Kids

Political Uprisings in North Africa Could Help Women Gain Political, Economic Rights Bloomberg News/Boston Globe examines how the recent political uprisings in Egypt and neighboring countries could lead to new opportunities for women in the region. The article describes the challenges Arab women in the countries face, as documented in…

Recent Releases In Global Health

The following is a sampling of blog posts published this week marking International Women’s Day : PEPFAR’s Gender Challenge Fund:  At the Intersection of Gender and HIV (Goosby, 3/11). A Conversation in Afghanistan: Perspectives on International Women’s Day (Ehsaas, 3/9). The Best Investment in Global Women’s Health (Sturchio/Barnes, 3/8). Why…

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.

First Lady Obama, Sec. Clinton Mark International Women’s Day

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday by honoring recent gains in addressing global women’s issues while reflecting on the scope of the task of achieving gender equity in the future, the Associated Press reports.

Opinions: Investing In Science, Technolgy; Indian Public-Private Partnership For NTDs; U.S. Global Food Security Investments; Clinton’s Statements On PEPFAR; U.S. Foreign Aid; Primary Care

Investments In Science, Technology Improve Health, Make Economic Sense “Now is the time to support science and technology – especially in difficult economic times. It is the right thing to do, and it makes good economic sense,” Alex Dehgan, science and technology adviser to the USAID administrator, and Kaitlin Christenson,…

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).

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…

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,”…

UNICEF Requests $1.4B To Assist Women, Children In Humanitarian Crises Worldwide

UNICEF on Sunday released the Humanitarian Action for Children Report, 2011 (.pdf) “requesting $1.4 billion in its appeal to donors to assist children and women caught in the throes of crises. The report highlights 32 countries and emphasizes the increasing importance” of investments in disaster preparedness and risk reduction, The Hindu reports (Dhar, 3/7).