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Africa, Middle East See Decline In Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, U.N. Data Show

“Changing attitudes have resulted in a decline in female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is most prevalent, according to United Nations data released on” the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, observed February 6, TrustLaw reports (Mollins, 2/6). According to a WHO press…

IDB To Provide $251M Loan For Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Program

“The Islamic Development Bank has approved a $251 million loan for Pakistan’s anti-polio program as attacks against health workers continue,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” reports. “The loan will finance a program worth $300 million, which will be managed by the Pakistani government until 2015, when the disease is expected to be…

Disruption Of Water, Sanitation Services Threaten Health In Syria; Conflict Causes Surge In Number Of Syrian Refugees

“The severe disruption of water and sanitation services and a lack of access to basic hygiene in Syria have increased the risk of waterborne diseases among children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [warned Friday], following a nationwide assessment,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The agency found that in areas affected by…

Associated Press Examines International Aid To Afghanistan As Troops Withdraw

The Associated Press examines how the “impending withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign combat forces” from Afghanistan is affecting international aid to the country, which is “on the decline because of donor fatigue and fears of deteriorating security after nearly 12 years of war.” The news agency continues, “Worried about losing hard-won…

U.N. Calls For Additional Funding For Humanitarian Response In Syria

“As fighting continues in Syria’s civil war, the United Nations has said that it will be forced to cut already reduced food rations to hundreds of thousands of refugees unless a huge cash injection is found,” Al Jazeera reports. “About four million Syrians rely on international assistance to cope with…

Gunmen In Pakistan Kill Police Officer Escorting Polio Vaccination Workers

In the latest round of violence affecting health workers in Pakistan, “[g]unmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the police said,” the Associated Press reports (Khan, 1/29). The policeman, who was escorting two…

Roadside Bomb Kills 2 More Polio Workers In Pakistan

“A roadside bomb killed two Pakistani polio workers on their way to vaccinate children in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday, an official said,” the Associated Press reports, noting, “The attack — the third this week against polio workers in Pakistan — took place in the…

IPS Examines Health Implications Of Child Marriage In Afghanistan

Inter Press Service examines the relationship between child marriage and the health of women and girls in Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan, the maternal mortality rate is on the rise; hospitals are filling up with anemic women and girls; and in over 200 districts, high schools are devoid of even a single female…

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