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The Guardian Profiles mothers2mothers Group That Mentors HIV-Positive Mothers

The Guardian: Pregnant and diagnosed with HIV: the group providing support for mothers “…[mothers2mothers (M2M)] started in 2001 and has helped 1.4 million HIV-positive mothers in nine sub-Saharan African countries. It currently operates in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Uganda, Swaziland, and Zambia — seven countries where it has virtually…

Singapore’s Zika Case Count Up To 115; First Pregnant Woman Diagnosed

Reuters: Singapore raises Zika tally; first pregnant woman diagnosed “A pregnant woman was among those diagnosed with Zika infections in Singapore, as the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the city-state rose to 115…” (Aravindan, 8/31).

Zika Could Be Widespread Across Haiti, Specialist Warns

NPR: Doctors Fear Zika Is A Sleeping Giant In Haiti “…Haiti has all of the ingredients for widespread transmission of Zika. … Yet as of August, Haiti had confirmed only five cases to the World Health Organization. … [Louise] Ivers, from Partners in Health, a global health organization based in…

USAID Maternal And Infant Health Project Helped Improve Care In Some Former Soviet Hospitals

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Giving Birth in Ukraine: So Different From My Parents’ Experience Olya Myrtsalo, a senior development and communication officer in USAID’s regional mission for Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, writes about the USAID Maternal and Infant Health Project, which ran from 2003 to 2012 in the region.…

Philippines’ Economy Loses $7B Per Year Because Of Child Malnutrition, Report Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A growing problem, child malnutrition costs Philippines $7 billion in a year “Child malnutrition cost the Philippines $7 billion or nearly three percent of its GDP in one year in terms of education spending and lost productivity, while hunger-related stunting is on the rise among children, a…

Egyptian Cabinet Approves Bill To Impose Stricter Punishment For FGM Involvement

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Egypt seeks tougher punishment for female genital mutilation “Women’s rights activists hailed the Egyptian government on Monday for advocating increased prison sentences for perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) but warned that a new law could shroud the practice in greater secrecy. Egypt’s cabinet on Sunday approved…

U.S. Congress Should Support International Family Planning Programs

The Hill: Family planning saves lives, so why did the House cut it? Lisa Bos, director of government relations at World Vision U.S. “…Culture, religion, and myths drive [some families in developing countries] to have many children, regardless of the health impact. Parents lack information about why timing births to…

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