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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.…

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).

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…

U.S. Not Alone In Balancing Reproductive Rights With Religious Freedom

GlobalPost: With birth control, U.S. not alone grappling with reproductive rights and religious freedom “…[T]he U.S. is not alone in attempting to strike a balance between offering reproductive health care services and respecting religious organization’s rights. In recent months, Ireland, Argentina, and Israel — three countries with deep-seated religious ties…

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Report MERS Cases, Deaths

The WHO on Monday “confirmed the first two Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in Kuwait, while a media report said Spain now has its second probable case in a woman who participated in the recent hajj in Saudi Arabia,” CIDRAP News reports (Roos, 11/18). In addition, “Saudi health…

WHO Syria Representative Discusses Polio Response In Xinhua Interview

Xinhua interviews Elizabeth Hoff, the WHO representative in Syria, about efforts to stop the spread of polio in the country, noting, “Recent cases of polio infections among Syrian children have prompted the [WHO] and the Syrian Ministry of Health to join forces to fight the outbreak of the viral disease.”…

U.S., Iran Should Consider Employing Vaccine Diplomacy

“September’s historic dialogue between President Obama and Iran’s President Rouhani together with calls to seek constructive engagement opens the door to a little known but powerful foreign policy instrument, which could simultaneously create new life-saving vaccines,” Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and dean of the National School…

Blogs Address Global Spread Of Polio

The following is a summary of two blog posts examining the global spread of polio. John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations’ “Africa In Transition” blog: Blog contributor Campbell examines polio in Nigeria and Somalia, noting both countries “are venues of a deep distrust of the West, and particularly the United…