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2 Draft Laws In Iran Would Put Women’s Health At Risk, Amnesty International Says

TIME: Iran Mulls Laws That ‘Reduce Women to Baby-Making Machines,’ Says Amnesty “Amnesty International has slammed Iran for proposing two draft laws aimed at boosting the country’s population, saying the legislating would ‘reduce Iranian women to ‘baby-making’ machines.’ One proposal would ban voluntary sterilization and restrict access to contraceptives, while…

U.N.-Backed Report Examines Impact Of Syrian Crisis On Nation’s Human Development

U.N. News Centre: New U.N.-backed report reflects ‘crushing’ impact of conflict in Syria on its people “Four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration, and social fragmentation in Syria have hollowed out its population by 15 percent, forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by…

Middle East’s Gulf States, Donors Well-Positioned To Help Improve Global Health

Arabian Business: Bill Gates: Why I’m betting on the Gulf to help fight extreme poverty and disease Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I saw the Middle East’s role in global health first-hand in late January, at a conference in Berlin dedicated to providing life-saving vaccines…

Funding Shortage Forces WFP To Reduce Food Aid To Syrian Refugees In Turkey

Agence France-Presse: U.N. shrinks food aid to Syria refugees in Turkey as cash low “The United Nations food agency said Friday it had been forced to withdraw aid from nine Syrian refugee camps in Turkey due to a lack of funds, calling on donors to step up…” (3/6). U.N. News…

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…