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Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Include ‘Intentional Focus On Adolescent Girls’

Huffington Post: Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General’s Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women Lyric Thompson, senior policy manager at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) “Late last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released his long-awaited report synthesizing various inputs to and, theoretically setting…

UNICEF Declares 2014 ‘Devastating Year’ For Children In Conflicts

New York Times: UNICEF Calls 2014 One of Worst Years for Children “The year 2014 has been one of the worst on record for the world’s children, the United Nations said on Monday in a report that chronicled a litany of war, violence, atrocities, and disease, mostly in the Middle…

Bed Nets More Cost Effective Than Insecticide For Malaria Prevention, Study Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Choose bed nets over insecticide to tackle malaria: study “Spraying insecticides indoors offers children no additional protection from malaria when bed nets are used, a study said on Tuesday, as malaria cases and deaths worldwide continue to fall. A [published in the] medical journal The Lancet said donors…

Restarting Schools In Ebola-Hit Nations Will Help End Epidemic

Project Syndicate: Educating Against Ebola Gordon Brown, U.N. special envoy for global education “…[A] new investigation of Ebola, conducted by education experts and health professionals with the support of the Global Business Coalition for Education, has found that reopening ‘safe schools’ could be a far more effective way to combat…

Cases Of HIV Acquired Through Blood Transfusions Among Pakistani Children Are False, Government Report Says; Blood System Unregulated, Official Says

The Nation: Probe proves report hoax: Ministry “The reports of infecting thalassemia children with HIV/AIDS through contaminated blood transfusions have turned out to be a hoax, says a preliminary inquiry of ministry of national health services regulations and coordination. A two-member probe committee in its report has declared as baseless…

PEPFAR’s ‘Global Pediatric ARV Commitment-To-Action’ Aims To Improve Drug Access

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Accelerating Access to Innovation and Saving Children’s Lives U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx, Colleen Chien, senior adviser to the CTO at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and innovation at the OSTP, discuss…

At Least 10 Pakistani Children Test HIV-Positive After Receiving Blood Transfusions

Reuters: Pakistani children test positive for HIV after blood transfusions “At least 10 Pakistani children who received blood transfusions have tested positive for HIV, officials said Thursday, with a leading medic predicting the discovery could be just the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ The children were receiving regular transfusions for the…