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Blog Posts Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika Virus

White House Blog: The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know Amy Pope, deputy assistant to the president for homeland security, answers “some questions that many Americans may have about the Zika disease and who it could impact…” (2/8). Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Another Emergency Funding…

Ebola Outbreak Prompted Guineans To Make Progress On Campaign To End FGM

New York Times: Leveraging Ebola to Tackle FGM Liriel Higa, assistant to Nicholas Kristof and Charles Blow at the New York Times “The outbreak of Ebola [in Guinea] … seems to have led to surprising progress in the movement to curb female genital mutilation [FGM] in the poor West African…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Women’s Reproductive Rights, Strengthening Health Systems In Light Of Zika Outbreak

Project Syndicate: Zika and Reproductive Rights Françoise Girard, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition “…The Zika crisis has highlighted an obvious reality: Not providing women with reproductive health information and services places their lives — and those of their children — at grave risk. … The movement for reproductive…

Religious Leaders Play Important Role In Efforts To End FGM/C

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: The Role of Religious Leaders in the Global Effort to End FGM/C Arsalan Suleman, acting U.S. special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), discusses the importance of engaging community leaders, including religious leaders, in efforts to end female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C).…

CSIS Report Examines U.S. Support For Women’s, Family Health In Senegal

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Accelerating the Momentum In this report, Janet Fleischman, senior associate, and Cathryn Streifel, program manager and research associate, both with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, examine “the U.S. strategy for women’s and family health in Senegal at the community, facility, and national levels,…

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Issue Briefs On U.S. Funding For Programs Impacting Women, Family Health

Kaiser Family Foundation: U.S. Government Funding for Women and Family Health The Kaiser Family Foundation released a series of issue briefs and an overview on U.S. funding for programs that address women and family health, including international maternal and child health (MCH), which include immunization activities; international family planning and reproductive…

Liberia Should Pass Legislation To Ban FGM, Protect More Women, Girls

The Guardian: Liberia needs to muster the courage to ban FGM Mary Wandia, FGM program manager at Equality Now “…Unlike neighboring countries such as Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia has already managed to significantly reduce FGM prevalence … However, unless tough legislation is enacted and properly implemented, it may be…

Amid Zika, Political Debates Address Abortion, Women’s Health

NPR: Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Stand On Foreign Aid For Abortion Clinics? “…[Zika] has been directly linked to a birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain damage. In Latin America, where many countries have strict bans on abortion, some citizens and government officials are asking…

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