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Some HIV-Positive Women In Uganda Sterilized Without Consent, TRF Reports

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Feature — HIV-positive Ugandan women complain of forced sterilization in government hospitals “…A 2015 study carried out in nine districts of Uganda by the International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) found 72 out of 744 HIV-positive women surveyed had been sterilized. Twenty of…

In Mozambique, Some Girls Forced Into, Turn To Sex Work To Survive

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Poor Mozambique families take girls’ virginity, force them into sex work “…Women’s rights campaigners say scores of mostly orphaned girls in Mozambique have suffered … sexual initiations at the hands of their guardians, who offer them to rich, older men in exchange for food, clothes, cash, or…

Continued Investments Critical To Ending HIV, TB, Malaria Epidemics

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Battle against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria at tipping point Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund “…The next three to five years will determine if we are the generation to end [the HIV, TB, and malaria] epidemics, or if we will pass them on for generations…

Addressing Health Needs Of Women, Girls, Youth Critical To Achieving SDGs

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: #WhyNow: Because Investing In Women, Girls, And Youth Is The Key To A Healthy Future This blog post discusses the impact of malaria and HIV on young people and the importance of investing in the health of women, girls, and youth to help achieve…

Egypt’s Parliament Strengthens Penalties For FGM Involvement

Associated Press: Egypt parliament toughens penalties for female circumcision “Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday toughened penalties for female genital mutilation, adopting amendments that punish perpetrators with up to 15 years in prison if a child dies and up to seven years for performing the procedure. … Wednesday’s vote came four days…

Researchers Continue To Conduct PrEP Research Among Women In South Africa

Scientific American: HIV Prevention Runs into Trouble in South Africa “…Researchers had hoped to break the [HIV transmission] cycle by giving young women HIV drugs before they are infected. It’s a mode of therapy referred to as preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. However, when PrEP was given to women as a…

Egyptian Cabinet Approves Bill To Impose Stricter Punishment For FGM Involvement

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Egypt seeks tougher punishment for female genital mutilation “Women’s rights activists hailed the Egyptian government on Monday for advocating increased prison sentences for perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) but warned that a new law could shroud the practice in greater secrecy. Egypt’s cabinet on Sunday approved…

U.S. Congress Should Support International Family Planning Programs

The Hill: Family planning saves lives, so why did the House cut it? Lisa Bos, director of government relations at World Vision U.S. “…Culture, religion, and myths drive [some families in developing countries] to have many children, regardless of the health impact. Parents lack information about why timing births to…

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