The two-day Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) ended Tuesday in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, with participants, including lawmakers from 27 African countries, appealing to the U.N. to adopt a resolution that bans FGM on the basis it is “contrary to human rights,” RFI reports (Bojang, 5/4).
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WFP To Halve Food Aid To Yemen Though one in three people in Yemen is “suffering from chronic hunger,” the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said Tuesday itÂ has been forced toÂ halve itsÂ food aid to the country because of a lack ofÂ funding from donors, Reuters reports (Nebehay, 5/4). Emilia Casella, aÂ WFP…
G8’s ‘Disappointing Track Record’ In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, columnist Barbara Yaffe writes aboutÂ the “disappointing track record of delivery on past G8 aid promises” in light of recent concern over Canada’s announcement that it will not fund abortionÂ in its G8 initiative. Yaffe includes several quotes from Julio Montaner, president…
Giving women vitamin A supplements does not reduce maternal death rates or improve the health of infants, according to a study published Tuesday in the Lancet, the New York Times reports.
Anthony Lake, who “has been a foreign policy advisor to several Democratic U.S. presidents and presidential candidates,” has officially become the executive director of UNICEF, Agence France-Presse reports (5/2). Lake was sworn into office Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York, according to a UNICEF article (5/3).
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CQ Reports On Trade Deal To Support Haiti Congressional Quarterly reportsÂ of aÂ “deal on legislation designed to boost the textile and apparel industries in earthquake-ravaged Haiti”Â thatÂ “is set to move quickly through both chambers.”Â According to the news service, the quake damaged “apparel factories and ports, both of which are vital to the…
Along with the release of a WHO-UNICEF guide on medicines for children, the U.N. agencies on Friday said the guide “exposed dangerous shortfalls” in medicines designed for children and called for more research into treating children, Reuters reports. “While effective medicines exist to fight disease and treat life-threatening conditions like malnutrition, formulations suitable for children are often difficult to source,” Francisco Blanco, UNICEF’s chief of medicines and nutrition, said, according to the news service.
“The global mortality rate for adults [ages 15-59] has fallen by about 1 percent a year for the past 40 years, with women making greater gains than men and huge differences opening up between countries and regions over that period, according to a new study” published online Friday in the journal Lancet, the Washington Post reports, noting the study offers “the most detailed nation-by-nation trends in adult mortality” to date.
Opinions: Sanitation And Women, Child Health; GM In Global Food Security Bill; U.S. Malaria Strategy; GHI On NTDs; Haiti Recovery
Chronicle Herald Opinion Examines Connection Between Water, Sanitation And Women, Child Health “If Stephen Harper is serious about maternal health and child health [as suggested by his plans for the upcoming G8 and G20 summits], he needs to recognize that healthy mothers come from healthy communities,” Maude Barlow and Meera…
G8 development ministers “agreed to a set of guiding principles [for Canada's G8 maternal and child health initiative] that leaves flexibility for countries to ‘build their basket of initiatives,'” Bev Oda, the Canadian minister for international cooperation, said at a closing news conference on Wednesday, the Toronto Star reports.