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WHO Approves Second HPV Vaccine

The WHO announced Thursday it had approved a second cervical cancer vaccine, opening “U.N. agencies and partners [to] now officially buy millions of doses of the vaccine for poor countries worldwide,” where an estimated 80 percent of the 280,000 annual deaths from cervical cancer occur each year, the AP/Google.com reports.

Opinion: Humanitarian Messaging; Maternal Health

Changing Humanitarian Messaging Could Save More People In a New York Times opinion piece, columnist Nicholas Kristof says G8 leaders are “collectively so far behind in meeting humanitarian aid pledges,” and asks why it is easier “to try to assist a stranger before us” than “to donate to try to…

IPS Examines Obstetric Fistula In Southern Senegal

Inter Press Service News Agency examines the prevalence of obstetric fistula in the southern region of Senegal. According to state reproductive health officials in the town of Kolda, 58 percent of births take place at home without medical assistance.

‘Impossible’ For Pakistan To Achieve Maternal, Infant MDGs, Doctors Say

Doctors at a seminar at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday said that at the current rate, it will be impossible for Pakistan to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child mortality and maternal health by 2015, the International News reports.

U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts ‘Landmark’ Maternal Mortality Resolution

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a “landmark resolution” acknowledging that “preventable maternal mortality and morbidity” is a human rights issue and that national and international efforts to protect women worldwide should be scaled up, the Hudson Valley Press Online reports.

Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS Successes In Latin America, Caribbean; Nepalese Women’s Health; Drinking Water In Cameroon; Indonesian IDUs

UNAIDS Executive Director Highlights Latin America, Caribbean Successes In Battle Against HIV/AIDS The CMC/Jamaica Observer examines recent comments made by UNAIDS Executive Director Michael Sidibe that Latin America and the Caribbean have made major strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “In the Caribbean and Latin America, governments and health system…