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Despite Being Illegal, FGM Continues In Egypt Because Of Social Pressures

The Guardian: In Egypt, social pressure means FGM is still the norm “…FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008. … [But] in 2008, UNICEF estimated that 91 percent of married Egyptian women aged between 15 and 49 had been mutilated — 72 percent of them by doctors. In fact,…

U.N. To Release Accounting Report On Ebola Funding Distribution

Agence France-Presse: U.N. to issue first report on Ebola funds “The United Nations will this week publish a first report on funding for the Ebola response, a top official said Wednesday, after Sierra Leone lost track of more than $3 million donated to fight the epidemic. … U.N. Ebola coordinator…

Donors, NGOs Request Emergency Funding For Food Crisis In Central America

Devex: Little relief in Central America’s food crisis “The worst drought in a decade has brought parts of Central America to the brink of what has been called an emerging food crisis. Unless ‘urgently needed’ funds materialize soon, two million people who are currently food-insecure could face an even more…

Ebola Cases Down, But Challenges Remain, Vigilance Must Be Maintained, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits ‘turning point’ “Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for ‘hidden’ Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at ‘a critical turning point’ in the crisis…” (Johnson, 2/18). New York Times: Ebola Risks Linger, Officials…

Prioritizing Adolescent Reproductive Health Becomes Crucial Initiative In Kenya

Huffington Post: Advancing Adolescent Health and Rights: Kenya Can Lead the Way Siddharth Chatterjee, U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) representative to Kenya “On 17 February 2015 in Nairobi, the President of Kenya, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, a passionate advocate for the advancement of youth and empowerment of young people, presided over the…

WHO Tobacco Control Framework To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

Inter Press Service: Should We Celebrate 10 Years of the Global Tobacco Control Treaty? Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty. Today the FCTC has…

Innovation, Integrated Interventions Needed To Tackle NTDs

Devex: What not to neglect in tackling NTDs “…[Dirk Engels, head of WHO’s NTD department,] suggested turning to innovative financing streams such as development impact bonds or performance-based financing. … But he cautioned against limiting innovation to mobilizing resources. Further, the global health community shouldn’t fixate on targeting diseases individually,…

U.N. Delegation In Saudi Arabia Examining Sudden Increase In MERS Cases

Scientific American: Middle East Mystery Disease Triggers Early Resurgence “Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome — better known as MERS. … An expert delegation from the United…

Health Officials, Doctor Concerned About Ebola Eradication, Rebound Of Disease

New York Times: Leaders of Ebola Fight at U.N. Express Worry About Eradication “The top two health officials managing the Ebola epidemic cast doubt Friday on a pledge by West African leaders to reduce new cases to zero by mid-April, and expressed concern about a possible rebound of the disease…”…

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