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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. [...]

Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

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Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned Monday. “It is not only [...]

Have You Ever Been Coerced into Having Sex?

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Have You Ever Been Coerced into Having Sex?

An online adult products destination Adamandeve.com has revealed the findings from its Great American Sex Survey. The company asked over 1,000 adults if they’ve ever been forced, coerced or guilted into having sex with a partner. According to the company, the lines of consent appear blurred. While the majority of adults who responded (77%) said [...]

El Niño Threatens 60 Million People in Developing Countries

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El Niño Threatens 60 Million People in Developing Countries

El Niño is a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which affects rainfall patterns and temperatures in many parts of the world but most intensely in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America which are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards. Typically, some places receive much more rain than normal while [...]

All That You Want to Know About Zika Virus

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All That You Want to Know About Zika Virus

In May 2015, Brazil reported its first case of Zika virus disease. Since then, according to WHO, the disease has spread within Brazil and to 22 other countries and territories in the region. Key facts Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have a [...]

India Takes Steps to Deal with Zika Virus

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India Takes Steps to Deal with Zika Virus

India’s Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J. P. Nadda today held a high level meeting comprising senior officials from the Health Ministry and AIIMS (All India Institutes of Medical Sciences) to take stock of the situation in view of the recent cases of Zika Virus being reported from some countries. “We are closely [...]

Vedika Bhandarkar to Lead Water.org in India

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Vedika Bhandarkar to Lead Water.org in India

Water.org announced Thursday the appointment of Managing Director, India, Vedika Bhandarkar. Bhandarkar will serve as Water.org’s senior leader in India, overseeing the organization’s water and sanitation program expansion in the country. To date, Water.org has enabled access to water and sanitation to more than 2.4 million people in India. The organization achieves this through its [...]