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U.S. Ambassador To Australia Calls For LGBT Human Rights At AIDS 2014

VOA News: U.S. Ambassador Calls for LGBT Rights “The U.S. ambassador to Australia said it should not be a crime to be a member of the LGBT community. Ambassador John Berry told the 20th international AIDS Conference that the fight against the disease cannot be won by relegating segments of…

U.N. Calls For ‘Zero Tolerance’ On Child Marriage, FGM

Inter Press Service reports from the Girl Summit in London, where the United Nations has called for an end to child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). Inter Press Service: Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High “As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention…

White House Panel Expected To Report Link Between Farm Antibiotics, Human Resistance

Reuters: Panel’s report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance “A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting…

Devex Interactive Series Explores USAID’s History

Devex: USAID: A history of U.S. foreign aid Devex presents a new interactive series “that explores the history of USAID, its administrators, and U.S. foreign aid” (July 2014).

Senate Defense Appropriations Bill Shows Support For Global Heath R&D

Global Health Technologies’ “Breakthroughs”: Senate shows strong support for global health R&D in defense appropriations bill and report Marissa Chmiola, communications officer at GHTC, discusses a Senate Department of Defense appropriations bill and report that shows strong support for global health research and development efforts. “…GHTC is glad to see…

AIDS.gov Blog Speaks With Experts About AIDS 2014 Highlights

Miguel Gomez, director of AIDS.gov and senior communications adviser at the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS, interviews experts about issues discussed at the 20th International AIDS Conference. AIDS.gov blog: NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Highlights from Thursday at AIDS 2014 Gomez speaks with Carl Dieffenbach of…

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Spread In West Africa

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 660 people and infected more than 1,000. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases…

CDC Poised To Receive Extra Funds For Polio Initiatives In Pakistan, Syria

CQ HealthBeat: CDC May Get Extra Funds to Combat Polio in Pakistan, Syria “With polio becoming a growing concern in nations such as Pakistan, Syria, and Cameroon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be poised to get extra money for its work on a global eradication initiative against…

Obama Speaks Out Against FGM, Calls Young African Leaders To Action

News outlets report on President Obama’s criticism of gender oppression in Africa and his call for young African leaders to empower women. Associated Press: Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa “President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is ‘crippling’ development in some countries, speaking out…

Progress Made Against Hepatitis, But More Remains To Be Done

The following blogs discuss World Hepatitis Day, recognized annually on July 28. Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: World Hepatitis Day: Sub-Saharan Africa sees progress, but persisting risks for HBV, HBC transfusion-transmitted infections, CDC reports Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the…

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