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Ghana’s Economy Losing More Than $2B Annually Due To Child Malnutrition, Study Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child malnutrition costs Ghana more than $2 billion annually: experts “Ghana economy’s is losing more than two billion dollars a year due to the impact of child malnutrition, which has driven up health care costs, strained the education system, and hindered the productivity of the workforce, a…

UNICEF Official Urges Somalia To Pass Law Banning FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Somalia urged to pass law banning ‘horrendous’ FGM “Somalia’s next government should ensure a law is passed banning all forms of female genital mutilation (FGM), a U.N. official said on Tuesday, describing the deeply entrenched practice as a ‘horrendous rights violation.’ … A bill on FGM is…

17 Indian Women From Small Islamic Sect Begin Petition To End FGM

NPR: Petition Against Female Genital Mutilation Provokes An Angry Backlash “…[L]ast winter, 17 Indian women from a tiny sect of Islam blew the lid off a guarded secret … They authored a petition asking the government of India to outlaw female circumcision. Until the petition went public in December, many…

In Unprecedented Domestic U.S. Travel Advisory, CDC Warns Pregnant Women, Those Planning Pregnancy To Avoid Miami Neighborhood After Zika Case Number Rises To 14

The Hill: CDC warns pregnant women to avoid Miami over Zika “Federal health authorities are warning pregnant women not to travel to the parts of Miami where mosquitoes are believed to be spreading the Zika virus…” (Ferris, 8/1). POLITICO: CDC issues Zika travel warning for Miami “…The CDC is also…

Confirmed Reports Of Local Zika Transmission In Florida Prompt U.S. Senate Democrats To Call For Immediate Funding Compromise; Health Advocacy Groups Urge Action

Devex: Cecile Richards on the Zika funding blockade “Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has fought her fair share of battles to protect the health services organization’s work around the world. Now she’s fighting for the opportunity to tackle a global threat: Zika. Richards stopped by the Devex studio after meetings…

Number Of Zika Cases Rising Quickly In Puerto Rico, CDC Report Shows

New York Times: Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing “The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is now raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. The war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus is sputtering…

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