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Africa, Middle East See Decline In Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, U.N. Data Show

“Changing attitudes have resulted in a decline in female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is most prevalent, according to United Nations data released on” the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, observed February 6, TrustLaw reports (Mollins, 2/6). According to a WHO press…

IDB To Provide $251M Loan For Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Program

“The Islamic Development Bank has approved a $251 million loan for Pakistan’s anti-polio program as attacks against health workers continue,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” reports. “The loan will finance a program worth $300 million, which will be managed by the Pakistani government until 2015, when the disease is expected to be…

Disruption Of Water, Sanitation Services Threaten Health In Syria; Conflict Causes Surge In Number Of Syrian Refugees

“The severe disruption of water and sanitation services and a lack of access to basic hygiene in Syria have increased the risk of waterborne diseases among children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [warned Friday], following a nationwide assessment,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The agency found that in areas affected by…

Associated Press Examines International Aid To Afghanistan As Troops Withdraw

The Associated Press examines how the “impending withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign combat forces” from Afghanistan is affecting international aid to the country, which is “on the decline because of donor fatigue and fears of deteriorating security after nearly 12 years of war.” The news agency continues, “Worried about losing hard-won…

Eleventh Global Case Of SARS-Linked Virus Confirmed In U.K.

“British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member,” the Associated Press reports (2/13). “The new virus, which the WHO refers to as…

Relief Efforts In Syria Trying To Keep Pace, U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief Says

“Relief efforts are failing to keep pace with the scale of the emergency in Syria, where the death toll has risen to nearly 70,000, the U.N.’s head of humanitarian operations said on Wednesday,” the Guardian reports. “Baroness Valerie Amos said the U.N. and its partners were struggling to cope with the number…

Health Care Workers, Patients In Syria Need Protection

Despite the diminishing threat of a U.S. military strike on Syria and a plan to remove chemical weapons from the country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “still poses a significant risk to civilians, doctors, the injured and those seeking medical attention, largely in areas lost to the regime’s control,” Saleyha Ahsan,…

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