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World Bank Proposes Agenda For Improving Status Of Women, Addressing GBV

“The World Bank is ramping up its efforts for global policymakers to address gender-based violence [GBV], proposing an agenda for improving the status of women and directing more research toward the economic and social costs of violence,” TrustLaw reports. “The World Bank plans to hold a panel discussion on gender violence in…

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U.N.’s Legal Immunity, Refusal To Compensate Haitians For Cholera Claims ‘Cheapens Its Larger Mission’

Noting the U.N. last week “announced that Haitian claims for compensation weren’t receivable under article 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations,” Armin Rosen, a writer and producer for The Atlantic’s international channel, writes in an opinion piece in the magazine, “If a multinational corporation behaved the…

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Private Sector Helps Advance Health, Well-Being Of Women, Children

“Every pregnant girl or woman, wherever she lives, is connected to all of the other mothers-to-be around the world through the hope that their babies will be born strong and healthy,” but “[t]he sad truth is that for millions of these girls and women, their own survival and that of…

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Finding Solutions To Global Health Problems Might Mean Creating More Risk

“Scientists are aware that their interventions in the natural world will have unintended effects, and in order to behave ethically, these potential risks must be considered,” Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor at BoingBoing.net, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, adding, “Even something as innocuous as a mosquito net may carry…

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Polio Eradication Strategy Must Be Adjusted For Local Contexts

“It has been a particularly busy couple of months for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI),” SciDev.Net Director Nick Ishmael Perkins writes in a SciDev.Net editorial. “The deadly attacks on vaccinators in Pakistan brought renewed global attention to the campaign, and then Bill Gates went public with his personal commitment to…

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Access To Contraception a ‘Core Human Right’ For Women Everywhere

“The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth,…

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U.N. Must Do More To Fight Cholera In Haiti

Noting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week cited diplomatic immunity in “reject[ing] a legal claim for compensation filed in 2011 on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti,” Louise Ivers, a senior health and policy adviser at Partners In Health, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Regardless of the merits of this argument, the…

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World Closer Than Ever To Ending Pediatric AIDS

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Chip Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, highlights the foundation’s “first annual ‘Global Champions for a Mother’s Fight’ gala, an opportunity to honor some of our heroes in the battle against pediatric HIV/AIDS and discuss global change,…

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International Community Must Continue Its Support Of Rwanda Or Risk Reversing Development Progress

Cutting aid to Rwanda because of its alleged role in the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is outlined in a November 2012 U.N. Security Council-commissioned report, “is the wrong approach,” Tony Blair, founder of the Africa Governance Initiative, and Howard Buffett, president of the Howard…

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WHO Must Play ‘Assertive Central Role’ In Fighting Distribution Of Substandard, Fake Medicines

This Lancet editorial notes the release of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that gathers information on “the global threat of falsified or substandard drugs” and provides recommendations “to mitigate this public health problem.” According to the editorial, “The IOM report recognizes that the absence of a precise…

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