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Cameron Calls For Worldwide Ban On FGM, Child Marriage At Girl Summit

News outlets discuss the Girl Summit in London and report on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Agence France-Presse: Worldwide FGM ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’ “Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female…

25% Of C. American HIV-Positive Women Being Pressured Into Sterilization, Study Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: One in four HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilize — study “HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilization by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed…” (Nguyen, 7/23).

U.N. Warns Shrinking Number Of Girls In India Reaches ‘Emergency Proportions’

Reuters: India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says “The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion of millions of babies, has reached ‘emergency proportions,’ fueling an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and trafficking, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…” (Bhalla, 7/22).

Nearly 22M Infants Went Unvaccinated In 2013, Report Shows

GlobalPost: U.N. reports 21.8 million infants weren’t vaccinated in 2013 “Nearly 22 million infants around the world were not vaccinated last year that should have been, according to a report released last week by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The startling number underscores the need for innovations in vaccination…

Researchers Aim To Find Cure For AIDS, Focus On Infants

VOA News: Building Hope for Babies Born With HIV “Hope and commitment motivate Deborah Persaud. An infectious disease expert, she’s among researchers worldwide who are ‘on a mission to find a cure for AIDS,’ she says. ‘But this is going to be a very long road’…” (Simkins, 7/21).

Women’s Rights Important To Preventing Child HIV Infections

Bloomberg Businessweek: Wives Hide HIV as Stigma Undermines Progress on AIDS “…Protecting young mothers will be critical if the world is to meet a U.N. target of eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015. At an international AIDS meeting that started in Melbourne yesterday, public figures from Burmese political…

Population Reference Bureau Fact Sheets Address Adolescent Health

Population Reference Bureau: The Importance of Adolescence Kate Gilles, a policy analyst in international programs at the Population Reference Bureau, discusses the importance of adolescent health and presents three fact sheets based on a Lancet series that address adolescent health within a global health context: 1) Adolescence: A Foundation for…

Protect Dignity, Human Rights Of Central American Child Migrants, Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Easing plight of child migrants fleeing Central America requires ‘compassionate solutions’ — Ban “Deeply concerned by the ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Wednesday] called for governments of countries where the children start, continue, or finish their journeys, to protect…