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Access To Safe Abortion Critical To Lowering Global Maternal Mortality Rate

The Guardian: Illegal abortions are killing women and aid restrictions are just making it worse Hannah Mitchell, physician based in Botswana “…What is stopping women from accessing safe abortions? The first is restrictive laws in their own countries, which can extend to a ban. … The second barrier is the…

U.S. State Department Convenes Meeting On Improving Health Of Women, Girls

Friends of the Global Fight: U.S. State Department: Include Women and Girls to Ensure Healthy Futures for All Katie Broendel, senior communications manager at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses an event hosted by the U.S. State Department on the importance of improving the health and well-being of women and…

Treating Female Genital Schistosomiasis Could Help Prevent HIV Among Women, Girls In Africa, Research Suggests

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions In a guest post, Paul Henry Brodish of MEASURE Evaluation discusses research showing that “[a]mong girls and women [in Africa], genital schistosomiasis increases the likelihood of later infection with HIV” and suggests “that…

U.S. Congressional Zika Conference Committee Meets, Promises Swift Deal

Associated Press: Republican negotiators promise quick end to Zika talks “Republicans in control of negotiations on long-delayed funding to combat the Zika virus are promising a quick agreement, as behind-the-scenes negotiations have focused on a potential deal in the range of a $1.1 billion measure passed by the Senate last…

Obama Administration Should Raise Travel Alert To Prevent Spread Of Zika Virus To U.S.

Washington Times: Stopping the spread of Zika Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology “…[N]either the CDC nor the WHO go far enough to protect the health of travelers throughout the world. While CDC alerts include special precautions for pregnant women, the warnings…

Some U.S. Lawmakers, Medical Groups Urge Republican-Led Congress To Act On Zika Funding

New York Times: Republicans, Who Warned of Dithering on Ebola, Now Hesitate on Zika “…Now it is the Republican-led Congress moving slowly on providing money to combat the spread of Zika, alarming some lawmakers who fear that their colleagues do not recognize the potential consequences if the mosquito-borne disease begins…

CDC Releases Draft Zika Response Plan

CIDRAP News: CDC details its Zika response plan “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [Tuesday] publicly unveiled a draft of its Zika response plan, which included tiered steps based on Aedes mosquito activity and illness levels in a given state…” (Schnirring, 6/14). STAT: CDC preparing to deploy…

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