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Do You Oppose Female Genital Mutilation?

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Do You Oppose Female Genital Mutilation?

Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation (FGM) is common say they want the practice to end – according to UNICEF data. In countries with available data, 67 per cent of girls and women and 63 per cent of boys and men oppose the continuation of the practice [...]

India Eliminates Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

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India Eliminates Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

World Health Organization (WHO) presented Thursday certificates declaring elimination of yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus to India’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr J P Nadda. “India’s focussed approach on making maternal and newborn care accessible to all and addressing health care equity more generally has made these remarkable successes possible. These victories are [...]

World Population Day: Focus on Teenage Girls

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World Population Day: Focus on Teenage Girls

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. The theme for 2016 is ‘Investing in teenage girls.’ According to the United Nations, teenage girls [...]

Punjab Facing Major Drug Problem: Rahul Gandhi

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Punjab Facing Major Drug Problem: Rahul Gandhi

Drug addiction among youth is the result of increasing unemployment in the country. Delhi, for example, is the new evil centre of drug addicts. By Rakesh Raman Although drug addiction is quite common among youth in all parts of India, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi has focused his attention on Punjab, which will witness state election [...]

India and WHO to Promote Traditional Systems of Medicine

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India and WHO to Promote Traditional Systems of Medicine

Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for cooperation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine. The PCA was signed by Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Ajit M Sharan and Assistant Director General, Health Systems and [...]

“America, Grow Up. Use a Condom”

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“America, Grow Up. Use a Condom”

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has unveiled its latest outdoor advertising campaign with a new election-season message that speaks as much to the tone of today’s political climate as it does to the steady stream of announcements from health agencies reporting rising STD and HIV incidence rates in the U.S. The “America, Grow Up. Use a [...]

Pink Bra Helps Women in Pakistan Detect Breast Cancer

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Pink Bra Helps Women in Pakistan Detect Breast Cancer

Designed at Tonic International (a Dubai based advertising agency) and produced in partnership with Pink Ribbon Pakistan, the Pink Bra turns the everyday action of slipping money inside the bra into a breast cancer self-examination exercise. Pakistan has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia. Most women from the lower socio-economic group lack [...]

Can Parents with Babies Hope to Sleep?

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Can Parents with Babies Hope to Sleep?

May is Better Sleep Month – a time to focus attention on the importance of how sleep contributes to overall physical, emotional and overall well being. A new survey from Owlet Baby Care, makers of the Owlet Smart Sock, uncovers information about the shut-eye habits and routines of parents of newborn children, a group who [...]

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 [...]

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