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Opinion Pieces Mark International Day Of Zero Tolerance For FGM/C

The Lancet: FGM: the mutilation of girls and young women must stop Audrey Ceschia, senior editor at The Lancet “Feb 6, 2015, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, a day to reflect on one of the most cruel of human practices — an ancestral tradition…

U.S. Policies Interfere With Women’s Access To Safe Abortions

GlobalPost: Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as U.S. politics interfere with lifesaving efforts John Seager, president and CEO of Population Connection “…We need to give women everywhere access to voluntary family planning services. Allow me to state the obvious: Fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies mean fewer abortions. … Sadly, though,…

Health Must Be Treated As Fundamental Human Right

The Lancet: Don’t forget health when you talk about human rights Editorial Board “Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released World Report 2015, their 25th annual global review documenting human rights practices in more than 90 countries and territories in 2014. … Viewed through the lens of health, the report…

Opinion Pieces Mark World Cancer Day, Address Various Issues Related To Cancer

EurActiv: Clean the air, prevent cancer Christian Friis Bach, executive secretary and under-secretary-general at the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe “…We can do more to prevent people from getting sick. One way is to increase our efforts to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air we breathe. Air pollution…

Investing In Disadvantaged Children Can Improve Health Outcomes, Survival

Huffington Post: Giving Every Child a Fair Chance in Life Is a Defining Challenge For Our Generation Carolyn S. Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children “…All over the world, children’s chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents, and…

‘Simple’ Development Solutions Should Not Be Overlooked

SciDev.Net: Development is complex but needs simple solutions Christopher Charles, vice-president of global health at the Canadian Federation of Medical Students “…Some see failed interventions as an opportunity to endlessly experiment with innovative technologies. Let’s shift our thinking — for example by moving away from expensive agricultural biotechnologies that promise…

Reasons For Optimism In Ebola Fight, Concerns Over Long-Term Impact On West Africa

The Guardian: Experts raise hope of end to Ebola outbreak Simon Allison, writer for Daily Maverick, part of the Guardian Africa network “…[I]t is worth taking a moment to congratulate everyone involved in the effort to slow down the spread of Ebola, which at one time looked unstoppable. But even…

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