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BRICS Can Advance Efforts To Eliminate NTDs, Paper Says

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: BRICS in the Response to Neglected Tropical Diseases Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a paper (.pdf) published in the WHO Bulletin titled, “BRICS in the response to neglected tropical diseases.” The paper…

New Global Development Agenda Must Be Human-Rights Based, U.N. Officials Say

U.N. News Centre: At high-level event, U.N. officials call for human rights-backed development agenda “A new global development agenda based on human rights and the rule of law is the surest pathway to balancing the needs of people and the planet, while eradicating extreme poverty and closing socio-economic gaps, senior…

Poor Quality Condoms Could Undermine HIV Prevention Work In Vietnam

IRIN: Vietnam’s counterfeit condom crisis “A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk…” (6/9).

Al Jazeera America Examines Uterine Prolapse In Nepal

Al Jazeera America: Uterine prolapse: The hidden agony of Nepalese women “…10 percent of Nepal’s 13 million women … suffers from the painful and debilitating condition of uterine prolapse. The ligaments and muscles in [the] pelvic floor are too weak to hold the uterus, which slips into the vagina. The…

Lack Of Donor Funding Threatens Humanitarian Relief In CAR, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: Relief funds nearly exhausted for crisis in Central African Republic — U.N. agencies “Less than a week after an urgent funding appeal by the heads of the lead U.N. food and refugee agencies, lack of donor attention threatening to cut off aid to thousands trying to escape…

U.N. Agencies Call For Urgent Vaccination To Tackle Measles In Somali Children

U.N. News Centre: Somalia: U.N. agencies call for immediate action to curb measles outbreaks “Voicing deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, United Nations agencies today called for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly contagious disease…” (6/10).

Dengue Deaths Down In Sri Lanka, But Number Of New Cases Remains Steady

IRIN: Dengue down but not out in Sri Lanka “Better detection and care has led to a dramatic fall in the number of deaths from dengue fever in Sri Lanka over the past five years, but health experts warn there has been no corresponding decline in infection rates, highlighting the…

Officials Outline Successes, Challenges In Preventing, Treating TB

USAID’s “Impact”: Global Leadership, Collaboration Aligned in the Fight Against Tuberculosis USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO Global TB Program, and colleagues from Indonesia, Nigeria, and South Africa discuss “key ingredients” for successful TB treatment and prevention initiatives, as well as preparedness…

Ugandan Foreign Minister To Be Next U.N. General Assembly President

New York Times: Ugandan Official to Be Next General Assembly Chief “The United Nations General Assembly chose Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, as its next president on Wednesday, bypassing concerns of rights advocates and Western officials over Uganda’s law criminalizing homosexuality, which took effect four months ago…” (Gladstone, 6/11).

London Summit Sees Launch Of International Protocol On Addressing Sexual Violence, Crimes

The Guardian has published several articles related to the ongoing Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place this week in London. The Guardian: International protocol launched to deal with sexual violence in conflict “An international protocol for dealing with rape and sexual violence in conflict was launched…