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African Lawmakers Appeal For U.N. Resolution Banning Female Genital Mutilation

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).

Opinions: G8’s Track Record; Maternal, Child Health; Chan on N. Korea; USAID, DDT In Haiti

G8’s ‘Disappointing Track Record’ In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, columnist Barbara Yaffe writes about 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 abortion in its G8 initiative. Yaffe includes several quotes from Julio Montaner, president…

Lake Sworn In As UNICEF Executive Director

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).

Also In Global Health News: Haiti Trade Deal; Grandmothers’ Summit On HIV/AIDS; Fighting Diarrhea; Public Health Messages Via Soap Operas; Child Health In Afghanistan

CQ Reports On Trade Deal To Support Haiti Congressional Quarterly reports of a “deal on legislation designed to boost the textile and apparel industries in earthquake-ravaged Haiti” that “is set to move quickly through both chambers.” According to the news service, the quake damaged “apparel factories and ports, both of which are vital to the…

WHO, UNICEF Issue Guide, Call For More Research Into Medicines For Children

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.

While Global Adult Mortality Rates Drop, Gaps Between Countries Grow, Lancet Study Finds

“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.