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Pakistani Village Offers Girls Sex Education Classes

Reuters: Pakistani village gives girls pioneering sex education class “…Sex education is common in Western schools but these ground-breaking lessons are taking place in deeply conservative rural Pakistan, a Muslim nation of 180 million people. Publicly talking about sex in Pakistan is taboo and can even be a death sentence.…

Camels Linked To Humans As Major Source Of MERS, Study Says

New York Times: Camels Linked to Spread of MERS Virus in People “A new study suggests that camels are the major source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral disease that has sickened 182 people and killed 79 of them since it was first detected in Saudi…

Malnutrition Threatens Syrian Refugees; Aid Delivery Still Stalled

News outlets continue to report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, with a special focus on the threat of malnutrition among Syrian refugees. Devex: U.K. aid to Syria ‘smart’ but still not enough — aid groups “British aid to Syria is a ‘lifeline’ for operations on the ground and the…

Guardian Expert Panel Explores Ways To Help Refugees

The Guardian: From Syria to Central African Republic, how to invest in refugees “As scenes from Syria’s Yarmouk camp shock the world, our expert panel explores the ways the development community can go beyond meeting basic needs in refugee camps…” (Scott, 2/26).

Egypt’s Claims Of HIV, Hepatitis C Cures Dismissed As Political Ploy

New York Times: Disbelief After Egypt Announces Cures for AIDS and Hepatitis C “At a news conference late last week, an Egyptian Army doctor confidently announced that the country’s military had developed a cure for the virus that causes AIDS, as well as hepatitis C, one of Egypt’s gravest public…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

Humanitarian Crisis In Syria Poses Challenges For Aid Groups

News outlets report on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and how the U.S. and the international community are responding. Associated Press: U.N. chief: 20 years after Rwanda, Syria shameful “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that 20 years after the Rwanda genocide the international community’s collective failure to prevent…

UNICEF Warns High Temperatures In Syria, Middle East Increase Children’s Disease Risks

“The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns soaring summer temperatures in conflict-ridden Syria and neighboring countries of refuge are putting millions of children at risk of disease,” VOA News reports. “According to UNICEF, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are threatening the health and well-being of some four million children affected by the…

Saudi Arabia, WHO Announce 7 More MERS Cases, Bringing Global Total To 77

On Wednesday, “Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry … announced seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases and a death in a previously confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV),” RTT News reports, noting the global total now stands at “77 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including 40 deaths.” Four of the newly…