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Iraqi Kurdistan’s FGM Practice Can End Within A Generation, U.N. Expert Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Iraqi Kurdistan could end FGM in a generation — expert “Female genital mutilation could be eradicated in Iraqi Kurdistan within a generation, a U.N. expert said this week as a survey revealed high support for ending what she called an ‘abominable crime.’ The study, released by U.N.…

ABC Radio Interviews GAVI Vaccine Expert Helen Evans

ABC Radio: Why vaccinating the world’s children can end poverty “Australian public health expert Helen Evans has spent the last nine years in Geneva working with GAVI, and before that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” An audio file of correspondent Natasha Mitchell’s interview with Evans is available…

Ending Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Is Possible

Huffington Post: The Difference a Decade Makes in Preventing Newborn HIV/AIDS Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, former director of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child (PMTCT) Clinic at Tema Hospital in Ghana “…[Antiretroviral] medication, which keeps people living with HIV alive and healthy, can also enable HIV-positive pregnant women to deliver HIV-negative babies. As a…

PLOS Updates Maternal Health Collection

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Further Integration: The latest update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection Jennifer Horsley, editorial project coordinator of the PLOS Collections, discusses updates to the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) PLOS collection, “including original 11 research articles and a policy forum, all recently published in…

Ebola Orphans Sometimes Struggle To Find Care As Disease Stresses Extended Families

The Guardian: Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone face isolation from hard-hit relatives “…In Sierra Leone, one of three west African nations hardest hit [by Ebola], the disease has sliced not only through entire extended families but the kinship networks that traditionally support orphans in Africa…” (Mark, 9/8).

UNICEF Document Cites ‘Stunning Figures’ On Malnutrition In Sudan

New York Times: Malnutrition Crisis in Sudan Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “Here’s an internal UNICEF document citing stunning figures for malnutrition in Sudan, particularly in Darfur. … [T]his document suggests that the suffering continues at horrifying levels. … According to UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan, Geert Cappelaere, children are…

UNICEF Releases Report Detailing Violence Against Children

News outlets discuss findings from UNICEF’s recently released report on violence against children. Agence France-Presse: One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: U.N. “Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new U.N.…

Brazil Leads In Maternal Milk Bank Development

Associated Press: Brazil’s maternal milk banks model for globe “Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid for their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers was so costly it limited the country’s ability to expand the program’s reach. That has…

Girls In Niger Fight For Rights Against Child Marriage

Deutsche Welle: Fighting against child marriage in Niger “While Niger has made some gains, like reducing child mortality, it’s still a pretty bad place for women and girls. Three out of four girls under 18 are married, which means they were forced to marry as minors, and can’t complete their…