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New This Week In The Kaiser Global Health Policy Tracker: The President’s Malaria Initiative announced a new focus country and USAID released a new fact sheet on the agency’s reform initiative. Kaiser’s Policy Tracker provides a timely single reference point for the latest information on congressional and administration action on global health. Strengthening…

Sec. Clinton Highlights Importance Of U.S.-Australia Partnership To Reduce Violence Against Women Worldwide

As part of her two-week Asia-Pacific tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Australia on Saturday, where she called for increased cooperation between Australia and the U.S. to help drive down violence against women globally, Bloomberg reports. “Clinton has stressed throughout her trip that better treatment of, and opportunities for, women improve a nation’s economic and social prospects,” the news service writes (Gaouette, 11/6).

During Stop In Papua New Guinea, Secretary Clinton Promotes Women’s Rights

As part of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s two-week Asia-Pacific tour, Clinton stopped in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Wednesday to “promot[e] human rights and women’s empowerment in a South Pacific nation suffering from an epidemic of rape and police brutality,” the Associated Press reports (Lee, 11/3).

Sec. Clinton Calls For G20 To Address Gender Issues

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday voiced her “support for the inclusion of women’s issues on the agenda of the G20 Seoul Summit slated for Thursday and Friday in a video message to a parliamentary seminar,” the Korea Times reports.

U.N. Member States Elect Countries To Serve On U.N. Women Board

U.N. Member States on Wednesday voted on the countries that would have a seat on the board of U.N. Women, the new agency tasked with promoting equality and women’s rights, Public Radio International’s The World reports.

Also In Global Health News: Congo Polio Outbreak; Aid Groups Ordered Closed In Afghanistan; Subsidized Malaria Drugs In Kenya; Gates Grand Challenges; Contraception In The Philippines

Polio Outbreak In Congo Leads To Emergency Immunization Effort “Eighty-five deaths and 184 cases of paralysis were reported in the port city of Pointe Noire, the epicenter of the Republic of Congo’s first polio outbreak in a decade, the World Health Organization said in a statement yesterday,” Bloomberg reports. “The…

Leaders Speak At Partnership for Maternal, Newborn And Child Health Conference

Education for women is the most important factor for positively influencing the health of women and children, Indian President Pratibha Patil said on Saturday at a meeting in New Delhi of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), IANS/Sify News reports. “Education is a powerful driver of health. The relationship between poverty, lack of education and limited access to health services, is well recognised,” Patil said at the start of the two-day conference (11/13).

UNICEF Report Identifies Factors Helping, Hindering Efforts To Drive Down FGM/C In Five African Countries

A report (.pdf) released on Thursday by UNICEF highlights the recent progress made in reducing the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) despite ongoing social pressures in five African countries, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports. (11/18). “Millions of girls worldwide are cut or mutilated each year,” according to a UNICEF press release (.pdf). “The practice, a serious violation of their human rights, can cause severe, lifelong health problems including bleeding, problems urinating, childbirth complications and newborn deaths,” the release adds (11/18).

WHO/UN-HABITAT Report Documents Health Disparities Facing Women In Developing Country Urban Areas

Womens News Network/Guardian Development Network examines a WHO/United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) report released last week that highlighted the health disparities affecting populations living in urban areas. The article focuses on the impact of urban poverty on women’s health, noting: “Women suffering under poverty are especially sensitive to impacts of urbanisation as statistics show women in densely populated areas have a 1.5 times higher rate of HIV/AIDS than men. Women in cities also face higher dangers of contracting AIDS, a figure almost twice as high as their rural sisters” (11/23).

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