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FGM Promotes Gender Inequality, Must Be Eradicated, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: Female mutilation a means of male power over women: U.N. rights chief “Female genital mutilation, the excision of the clitoris practiced widely in African and many Muslim countries, is a means for men to maintain control of women and must be eradicated, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said…

Chile, China, Morocco Make Progress Against Hunger, Malnutrition, FAO Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. recognizes Chile, China, and Morocco for progress on fighting hunger, malnutrition “Chile, China, and Morocco [on Monday] joined a growing group of countries that are making successful strides in fighting hunger and malnutrition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced [Monday]…” (6/16).

UNITAID, Global Fund Announce Collaboration To Maximize Health Investments

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: UNITAID and the Global Fund Announce Formal Collaboration “UNITAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have signed a collaboration agreement around a market-shaping agenda to maximize the value for money from each organization’s investments…” (6/13).

WHO Issues Statement On Emergency Committee Meeting On MERS-CoV

World Health Organization: WHO statement on the Sixth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV The WHO issued a statement on outcomes from the convening of the International Health Regulations (IHR) emergency committee regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), stating that while the outbreak remains serious it does…

U.N., Health Ministry Reach More Than 1M People With Meningitis Vaccine In Guinea

International partners complete a meningitis vaccination campaign in Guinea, reaching more than one million people. UNICEF: UNICEF and partners vaccinating over 1.1 million people in Guinea to halt meningitis outbreak “This weekend, the Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern…

WIPO Research Project Creates Partnerships But No New Drug Candidates Yet

SciDev.Net: WIPO’s patent pool yet to deliver new drug candidates “A U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) project to stimulate research into neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by facilitating patent sharing between their owners and researchers has brokered at least 60 partnerships since its 2011 launch, yet its effectiveness remains unclear…”…

Al Jazeera Examines Nigeria’s Drive To Increase Access To Injectable Anti-Malarial Drug

Al Jazeera: The Cure: Mission Malaria “…Injectable artesunate is a rapidly acting drug that kills the parasites that cause malaria. In 2010, the World Health Organization authorized aid agencies to supply the drug as the preferred first line treatment for severe malaria. … But despite its effectiveness, injectable artesunate is…

Publications Examine Funding For HIV, Human Rights

Two publications explore funding for HIV and human rights. Open Society Foundations: HIV and Human Rights: A Mapping of Donor Priorities and Trends in Southern Africa “…This briefing paper reports the findings of a 2012 study on HIV and human rights donor trends in Southern Africa, commissioned by the Open…

Cameroon, WHO Launch Campaign To End FGM

VOA News: Cameroon, WHO Push for End to Female Circumcision “Cameroon and the World Health Organization (WHO) have a launched a campaign against female circumcision. The practice, which critics call female genital mutilation (FGM), is still practiced in the Central African nation for commercial reasons and traditional belief that it…