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U.N. Urges Cooperative Action From Member States To Achieve Post-2015 Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: At thematic debate, U.N. calls on Member States to boost funding for post-2015 development “The world has embarked on a ‘crucial last stretch’ to the post-2015 development agenda and towards securing a sustainable future for all, United Nations Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared [Monday], adding that the international…

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,…

WHO Must Follow Through With Reform To Effectively Respond To Future Disease Outbreaks

New York Times: Reform After the Ebola Debacle Editorial Board “The World Health Organization’s anemic performance in handling the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa may yield one positive outcome: sweeping, and long overdue, institutional reforms to improve its ability to respond more quickly to the next outbreak of a lethal…

International Community ‘Must Take Drastic Action’ To End AIDS

Huffington Post: Committing to the End of AIDS Joel Goldman, managing director of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, and Todd Schafer, president and CEO of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance “…To end AIDS, we need to aggressively allocate resources and implement programs like [our Mobile Health Clinic program] at the…

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. ……

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…

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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