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Schools Reopen In South Africa, Asia Amid Safety, Dropout Concerns; Backlash In Brazil After COVID-19 Data Withheld; Venezuela Receives Pandemic Aid From Iran; 60% Of U.S. Naval Carrier Soldiers Positive For Coronavirus Antibodies

AFRICA Reuters: Schools reopen in South Africa as parents worry about safeguards (Toyana, 6/8). ASIA Devex: Interactive: The multilaterals funding the COVID-19 response in Southeast Asia and Pacific (Buan/Sarmenta, 6/5). New York Times: New Zealand Lifts Lockdown as It Declares Virus Eliminated, for Now (Cave, 6/8). Reuters: U.N. expert says…

U.N. Rejects U.S. Assertion Body Using Coronavirus To Promote Abortion; Pandemic Changing Access To Abortion, Contraception Due To Lockdowns, Supply Chain Disruptions

POLITICO: How coronavirus is changing access to abortion “As the coronavirus steamrolls the global order, reproductive health care practitioners and advocates are struggling to maintain access to contraception and abortions. Lockdowns and disrupted supply chains have prompted a flurry of action in the sector as governments, practitioners, and advocates react…

More News In Global Health

Al Jazeera: Trump sidelines CDC in push to reopen the U.S. economy (Roberts, 5/20). Devex: First came the coronavirus. And then the cyclone hit (Cornish, 5/21). Devex: Q&A: Gates Foundation adopts ‘yes, and’ strategy in response to COVID-19 (Lieberman, 5/21). The Economist: The risk of severe covid-19 is not uniform…

U.S. Requests Removal Of Sexual, Reproductive Health Language From U.N. COVID-19 Response Plan; Global Health, Human Rights Experts Criticize Move

CNN: U.S. asks for abortion references to be removed from U.N. pandemic response plan “The Trump administration is urging the United Nations secretary general to remove any references to reproductive health, including abortions, from the U.N.’s humanitarian response plan to the coronavirus pandemic to ‘avoid creating controversy.’ ‘The United States…

In Letter, USAID Acting Administrator Urges U.N. SG To Remove ‘Sexual And Reproductive Health’ Language From Global Humanitarian Response Plan To COVID-19

UPI: USAID accuses U.N. of using pandemic to promote abortion “The Trump administration on Monday urged the United Nations to stop ‘promoting abortion,’ accusing it of using the coronavirus pandemic to advance access to the medical practice. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, the U.S. Agency for International…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Investing In Harm Reduction Services To Achieve Long-Term Health Goals; Funding For SDGs; Attack On Hospital In Afghanistan That Killed Mothers, Infants; How USAID v. AOSI Supreme Court Case Could Impact Mexico City Policy

Devex: Opinion: Funding for harm reduction services is key for long-term health goals Naomi Burke-Shyne, executive director of Harm Reduction International (5/15). IPS: Finding Money for Public Health, Green Economic Recovery & SDGs John Garrett, Kathryn Tobin, and Chilufya Chileshe, all members of WaterAid’s policy team from its U.K., U.S.,…