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Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise: Report

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Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise: Report

A new UN report released Monday says that, despite being forbidden by national and international law, female genital mutilation and / or excision shows no sign of abating in Guinea. According to the report, 97 percent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 years in Guinea have undergone female genital mutilation and / or [...]

Process to Elect Next Director-General of WHO Begins

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Process to Elect Next Director-General of WHO Begins

The process to elect the next Director-General of the WHO is now underway. Member States can nominate candidates to be the new head of the global public health body. It is the first step in the process which will culminate in a final round of voting at the World Health Assembly in May 2017, with [...]

Baby with Albinism Murdered in Malawi

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Baby with Albinism Murdered in Malawi

The horrific murder of a two-year-old girl with albinism highlights the failure by the Malawi’s authorities to protect this vulnerable group, said Amnesty International following the discovery of her skull, teeth and the clothes she was wearing in Balantha Hill in Kasungu district. The child, Whitney Chilumpha, had been missing since being abducted from her [...]

Dying Latino Calls for Aid-in-Dying Laws

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Dying Latino Calls for Aid-in-Dying Laws

A young Latino man dying of brain cancer, Miguel Carrasquillo, has recorded a bilingual video for nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices to urge state lawmakers nationwide to pass laws to give terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying. The video was released to promote National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) this Sat., April [...]

How the World Is Aging: Japan is the Oldest

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How the World Is Aging: Japan is the Oldest

America’s 65-and-over population is projected to nearly double over the next three decades, ballooning from 48 million to 88 million by 2050. However, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the U.S. population will age at a slower rate compared with other countries. Worldwide, the 65-and-over population will more than double to 1.6 billion by 2050, according [...]

Angola Grapples with Yellow Fever

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Angola Grapples with Yellow Fever

The outbreak, which was first reported in the capital city Luanda in December 2015, has since spread to 6 of the country’s 18 provinces. “Such outbreaks usually occur in tropical rainforests,” explains Dr Sergio Yactayo, expert on epidemic diseases at WHO. “With the majority of cases reported in the capital city Luanda, the situation is [...]

Are People with Albinism Humans or Ghosts?

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Are People with Albinism Humans or Ghosts?

People with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and even having their graves desecrated, a United Nations expert warned Tuesday in her first report to the UN Human Rights Council. “Dangerous myths feed these attacks on innocent people: many erroneously believe people with albinism are not human [...]

Ebola Flare-Up Is Over in Sierra Leone: WHO

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Ebola Flare-Up Is Over in Sierra Leone: WHO

The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone is over, the United Nations health agency reported Thursday. But it cautioned that the West African region remains at risk and should remain on alert. “Today marks another milestone in the country’s effort to defeat Ebola,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement praising “rapid [...]

Scientology Volunteers Help Fiji Recover from Cyclone

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Scientology Volunteers Help Fiji Recover from Cyclone

Pastor Alfred (Alfy) Waqa and his team of 10 Volunteer Ministers are helping their village of Nalalawa, Fiji, recover from Cyclone Winston. The storm rampaged through the island on February 20, killing 42. With wind gusts near its center at some 200 miles per hour, Cyclone Winston is the strongest tropical storm ever measured in [...]

Submit Your Work for Young Lions Health Award

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Submit Your Work for Young Lions Health Award

Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrates life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF launch the 2016 Young Lions Health Award. The competition, now in its second year, challenges young creatives and marketers to develop an integrated marketing toolkit that will raise awareness among caregivers about the importance of play in fostering children’s cognitive, [...]

New Initiative to Protect Girls from Child Marriage

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New Initiative to Protect Girls from Child Marriage

A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA have said. The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage announced Tuesday will involve families, communities, governments and young people. This is part of a [...]

Can Traditional Medicine Cure Cancer?

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Can Traditional Medicine Cure Cancer?

The first U.S.-India Workshop on Traditional Medicine (March 3-4, 2016) began in New Delhi today. The Workshop was jointly inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shripad Yesso Naik and U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma and Assistant Secretary of Global Affairs at HHS, Ambassador Jimmy Kolker. [...]

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