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The Lancet Examines Efforts To End FGM

The Lancet: Working towards an end to FGM “In practicing communities, female genital mutilation (FGM) is a social norm — a public declaration of social acceptability that families believe makes their daughters pure, clean, and prepared for marriage. … The practice is enforced by communities in which cultural and religious…

FAO Emergency Funding Appeal Focuses On Somalia, Syria, African Sahel Nations

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organization funding appeal “The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official with the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Somalia, Syria, and countries in…

12.2M Need Humanitarian Assistance In Syria, U.N. Says

VOA News: Toll Rises in Syria; 12.2 Million Desperate for Aid “This time last year, just over nine million Syrians needed humanitarian assistance. Despite the fact that the U.N. Security Council has finally united around the demand that food, medicine, and other lifesaving items get to the people who need…

WHO, Partners Launch $1B Appeal For Relief Efforts In 4 Conflict-Torn Countries

Agence France-Presse: WHO seeks $1 bn more for four conflict-hit countries “The World Health Organization on Tuesday appealed for $1.0 billion in additional funds to help provide life-saving health services to millions in need in conflict-ravaged Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, and South Sudan…” (2/24). U.N. News Centre: U.N. health…

U.N. Delegation In Saudi Arabia Examining Sudden Increase In MERS Cases

Scientific American: Middle East Mystery Disease Triggers Early Resurgence “Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome — better known as MERS. … An expert delegation from the United…