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HIV/AIDS Leading Cause Of Death Among Women Ages 15-44, WHO Study Shows

In follow-up coverage to the WHO’s report on women’s health, several news outlets examine the impact HIV/AIDS is having on women around the world. “In its first study of women’s health, the World Health Organization said yesterday that the AIDS virus is the leading cause of death and disease among women between the ages of 15 and 44,” the Associated Press/Boston Globe reports (11/10).

Science-Based Health Policies Could Prevent Nearly 4M Maternal, Child Deaths In Africa, Report Says

Nearly 4 million deaths among women and children in sub-Saharan Africa could be prevented annually if relatively inexpensive, “science-based health policies” reached 90 percent of Africans, according to an African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) report (.pdf) published Monday, Nature News reports. The report, which is the initiative’s first policy paper, was released at the group’s fifth annual conference in Accra, Ghana, from Nov. 9-11.

WHO Report Calls For Improved Health Care For Women, Girls

A new WHO report, released Monday, said women tend to “receive poorer quality care throughout their lives, particularly as teenagers and elderly people” even though they live six to eight years longer than men, Reuters reports. The WHO said women worldwide are “‘denied a chance to develop their full human potential’ because many of their critical medical needs are ignored” (MacInnis, 11/9).

Rights Group Highlights Maternal Health Issues In India

“India is falling behind other countries in meeting international commitments to improve obstetric care because it does not adequately monitor deaths and injuries in the critical period following childbirth and fix gaps in its health system and programmes,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, the Hindu reports.

Opinions: Obstetric Fistula; Malaria And Climate Change

Fistula Hospital Plan Is A Great Investment For American Foreign Aid In a New York Times opinion piece, columnist Nicholas Kristof examines a new plan to tackle obstetric fistula, “a childbirth injury, often suffered by a teenager in Africa or Asia whose pelvis is not fully grown.” According to Kristof,…

More Than 150 Health Ministers Meet In Ethiopia To Discuss Maternal Mortality

At a U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, “[h]ealth ministers from around the world have agreed that swift action must be taken to reduce the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth,” the BBC reports. While there appeared to be some agreement “that family planning was the most cost-effective way of [tackling] the problem … no unanimous declaration was adopted at the Addis Ababa talks,” according to the news service (10/26).

Opinions: Africa Food Aid; International Violence Against Women Act; Brain Drain

Food Aid Won’t End African Problems While the drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa are “ghastly to be sure,” when “you see children on TV with distended bellies keening over their dying parents … do them a favour. Sit on your hands,” Sam Kiley, a former Africa bureau…

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