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In Guatemala, Girls Marry Before Physical, Emotional Maturity

New York Times: Child, Bride, Mother Stephanie Sinclair, photojournalist and founder and executive director of Too Young to Wed “…The United Nations Population Fund estimates that in 2015 more than 550,000 Guatemalan girls will marry before they are 18. That’s 1,500 girls married every day in just one country. ……

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Health Workers Must Change Care, Treatment Strategies For Children With Ebola To Address High Mortality Rate, WHO Says

Reuters: High rates of child deaths from Ebola, special care needed — WHO “Authorities fighting Ebola must do more to tackle a high death rate among young children whose isolation from parents also causes great distress and deprives them of the extra care they need, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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Nearly 3,600 Children Orphaned By Ebola But Well Cared For By Community, UNICEF Says

Agence France-Presse: Fears over abandoned Ebola orphans allayed: UNICEF “Almost every child who has lost parents to Ebola is being cared for in their community, UNICEF said on Friday — allaying fears that thousands would be shunned by relatives and neighbors. The United Nations children’s fund confirmed an estimate it…

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Researcher Describes Long Road To Develop Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Associated Press: Twists, turns, eventually lead to promising Ebola vaccine “It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail. … But it is those failures that Sullivan credits for finally…

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More Than 2M In Central America Need Food Assistance Following Prolonged Drought, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: As Central America drought causes food shortages, U.N. agency calls for urgent funding “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) voiced concern [Friday] over the impact a ‘severe and prolonged’ drought in four Central American States may have on food and nutrition security across the region…” (2/6).

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South Sudan Risks Famine If Fighting Does Not Subside, Aid Workers, U.N. Say

Reuters: Famine threat to South Sudan if war continues to block aid “…Aid workers fear famine will again threaten South Sudan in the next few months if forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar continue to shell food distributions, loot aid, and menace humanitarian staff…” (Migiro,…

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Dry Winter Raises Concerns Over Food Shortages, Malnutrition In North Korea, U.N. Says

Washington Post: Dry winter sparks fears of another food crisis in North Korea “As North Korea heads toward the ‘barley hump’ — the lean season before the rice and corn harvest in the summer — aid agencies are warning that an unusually dry winter is compounding chronic food shortages in…

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Blog Post Discusses Recent WHO Decisions Potentially Affecting Global Health R&D

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: WHO Executive Board agrees on set-up of pooled fund for global health R&D “In this guest post, Alexandra Heumber — head of policy affairs at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative — discusses actions taken during the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board meeting which…

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U.N. Calls For End Of ‘Medicalization’ Of FGM/C On Day Of Zero Tolerance; FGM Affects More Women In U.S. Than Previously Thought

The Guardian: U.N. calls for FGM zero tolerance after a year in which the world woke up “The United Nations has designated Friday a worldwide day of zero tolerance on FGM, and called for concrete action to be taken against the cutting of girls and women. This follows 12 months…

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Despite Signs Of Slowing Epidemic, Experts Warn Ebola Outbreak Not Over, Note Challenges To Reach Zero Cases

Newsweek: Another Ebola Outbreak ‘Inevitable’ “Doctors and experts say another Ebola outbreak is ‘inevitable,’ unless the international community unites around a long-term, common approach to combat the disease in the future and substantial investment is made into the health services of affected developing countries…” (Phillips, 2/6). New York Times: Small…

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