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Global Community Must End FGM

Huffington Post: Act Now to End FGM Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “Every year, in Africa alone, three million girls are subjected to female genital mutilation. That’s about 8,000 every day. … At IPPF we look for a comprehensive approach to tackle FGM — from…

‘All In’ Campaign Focuses Lens On HIV Prevention, Care Among Adolescents

UNAIDS: To end the AIDS epidemic, start focusing on adolescents In an opinion piece, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé discuss HIV/AIDS among adolescents and “All In, a new platform for action to end adolescent AIDS. It concentrates on the areas where we need to…

World Must Balance Food Production, Consumption With Need For Biofuels

Huffington Post: Looking Beyond the Crisis Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization “…Increasing humanity’s food supply by 60 percent in the next 35 years, through the agricultural practices we use today, would require some 50 percent more energy and 40 percent more water,…

Decriminalization Of Sex Work Will Help Prevent HIV, Improve Health Care Access

Health-e News: Time to decriminalize prostitution Maria Stacey, acting director of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) “…The concept of structural interventions is one that the South African HIV community has struggled with in the past, but fortunately there is growing evidence for the impact of structural interventions…

Religious Ideology Should Not Restrict Women’s Access To Modern Contraceptives

Project Syndicate: Population and the Pope Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne “…Providing [women worldwide] with access to contraception would help them plan their lives as they wish, weaken demand for abortion, reduce maternal deaths, give children a better start…

As Obesity Rates Rise, China Must Address Nutrition Through Policy Decisions

The Guardian: Fat China: how are policymakers tackling rising obesity? Paul French, author “…By 2012, China’s Ministry of Health estimated that as many as 300 million Chinese people are obese in a population of 1.2 billion. This total makes China the second most obese nation after the USA in numbers…

Vaccines Represent ‘Vital Early Weapon’ For Next Ebola Outbreak

The Lancet Global Health: Ebola vaccines: an uncertain future? Zoë Mullan, editor of The Lancet Global Health “…The rapid roll-out of these [Ebola vaccine] trials has been tremendously impressive. … Vaccines are not a magic bullet. Nothing can replace the basic tenets of public health epidemiology and community mobilization. But…

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