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NIH To Conduct Trials To Test HIV Treatment In Newborns

New York Times: Great Hope for Babies With HIV “America’s National Institutes of Health will soon sponsor clinical trials abroad to evaluate whether early and very aggressive drug treatments for babies infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can effectively clear the virus from their bodies. The hope is…

Blog Posts Address Issues Surrounding International Women’s Day

Several blog posts discuss different issues surrounding International Women’s Day. Tane Luna Ramirez, a women’s health adviser for MSF based in the Medical Unit Sydney, writes in the BMJ Group blog, “…So on International Women’s Day, as on any other day, my thoughts are with the millions of women displaced…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address Issues Surrounding International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces and editorial address issues surrounding International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: The Three Common Needs Of Every Woman (No Matter Where She’s From) Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson, and Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global…

Pakistan Cross Border Movements Threaten Polio Eradication Efforts In Afghanistan

IRIN: Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts “For health care workers, Torkham border crossing connecting eastern Afghanistan to neighboring Pakistan straddles one of the most important regions in the world: Close to the border are some of the world’s few remaining reservoirs where the polio virus is endemic…”…

WHO Contraception Guidance Released Ahead Of International Women’s Day

News outlets report on the WHO’s release of new guidance on access to contraception and family planning services. U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency issues guidance on access to contraceptive information, services “With preparations under way to mark International Women’s Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)…

Prevalence Of Violence Among Pregnant African Women High; HIV Infection Is Risk Factor

Inter Press Service: Dangerous Combo: Violence in Pregnancy and HIV in South Africa “…An estimated one in four South African women experience intimate partner violence in the 12 months leading up to childbirth. Violence in pregnancy is associated with pregnancy loss, miscarriage and neonatal death, higher rates of postpartum depression…

Successful Child Development Just As Important As Child Survival

“Five million more children a year now survive to see their 5th birthday than was true 25 years ago. … While there is cause for celebration — five million more 5th birthdays worth of celebration! — we are failing to ensure that every one of these children is thriving, not…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces address International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: International Women’s Day: Give Yourself the Chance to Be Extraordinary Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global “…As you are thinking about what International Women’s Day means to you, I encourage you to look for inspiration from…

Half Of All Children Under 5 In Afghanistan Suffer From Malnutrition

BBC News: Afghanistan: ‘Half of children’ suffering malnutrition “Half of all children under five in Afghanistan are suffering from the effects of malnutrition, according to estimations. After 13 years of Western military intervention and billions of dollars spent on aid, the United Nations says the situation is critical, especially in…

U.N. Increasingly Concerned About Humanitarian Situation For Children In CAR, South Sudan

Media outlets discuss U.N. humanitarian efforts to help children in the Central African Republic and South Sudan crises. Reuters: U.N. says C. Africa, S. Sudan refugees ‘in poor shape,’ children hardest hit “People fleeing conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan are growing increasingly sick and hungry with children…

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