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‘Greater Attention’ Needed For Adolescent Girls’ Reproductive Health

The Lancet: Every newborn, every mother, every adolescent girl “With the launch of a new report by Save the Children this week, the momentum to achieve substantial reductions in neonatal mortality is accelerating. … One area of dedicated and targeted intervention, although mentioned in passing in the report, deserves more attention.…

Discriminatory Laws Hurt Societies, Economies

Washington Post: Discrimination by law carries a high price Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group Eighty-three countries ” — in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East — have passed laws that make homosexuality illegal. … More than 100 countries discriminate against women. And an even…

U.S., U.K. Call On Global Community To Take Action Against Sexual Violence

“Preventing sexual violence in conflict isn’t about politics. It’s about our common humanity, and we all need to be united in action against it. That’s why the United Kingdom and the United States are working together to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict, humanitarian emergencies and peacetime,” U.S. Secretary…

African Leaders Have Obligation To Protect Citizens, Including Those In LGBT Communities

New York Times: Antigay Laws in Africa Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations at Amnesty International USA “The new antigay law in Uganda is alarming and, sadly, not shocking. … [I]t follows the passage of similar legislation in Nigeria and fits within a growing trend that Amnesty International reported…

Farm Bill Will Provide ‘Much Greater Flexibility’ For U.S. Food Aid Program

Chicago Tribune: USAID gets relief in legislation “The farm bill provides much greater flexibility for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which runs the [Food for Peace] program. About 20 percent of the money devoted to foreign food aid will no longer be restricted. The change is so significant that…

Re-establishing USAID As Stand-Alone Agency ‘Essential’ To Fixing U.S. Foreign Aid

Reuters: How to fix foreign aid Paul Brinkley, former deputy under secretary of defense and founding director of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations from 2004-20ll “…America’s inability to provide even symbolic access to economic opportunity is crippling our image abroad. The mistaken belief that the United States…

‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Can Help Address Spread Of Leishmaniasis In Conflict Zones

Huffington Post: Leishmaniasis: The Neglected Disease of War, Conflict, and Human Misery Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “One of the least known consequences of modern conflict in the Middle East and East Africa has been the widespread devastation that results from a tropical infection…

Political Will, Funding Necessary To End Newborn Deaths

The Hill: Honoring every newborn Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) “…[T]here are existing interventions that, if scaled up, have the potential to reduce newborn deaths by as much as 75 percent. What’s lacking is the political will and funding to deliver…

Education Important For Curbing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it’s by choice? Ola Perczynska, program manager at Her Turn in Kathmandu, Nepal “Despite child marriage being a human rights violation and the negative effects on girls and subsequently their children being well documented, in rural Nepal, an increasing…

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