Historic FGM death conviction in Egypt

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An Egyptian doctor has been convicted of manslaughter after a 13-year-old girl died in a botched female genital mutilation procedure, campaigners said on Monday following the country’s first FGM trial. From the Thompson Reuters Foundation: Equality Now called the ruling a “monumental victory” for women and girls in a country which has one of the

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WHO considers post-Ebola reforms

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The World Health Organization is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.From the AP: On Sunday, WHO’s executive board planned to discuss proposals that could radically transform the U.N. health agency in response to sharp criticism over its handling

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Gates letter puts forward ambitious global health targets

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Released on Thursday, the letter predicts a long list of breakthroughs in global health and development by 2030, including long-elusive milestones such as Africa being able to feed itself rather than depend on food imports. However, none of this will be achieved easily. From Reuters: “You need some breakthroughs,” Melinda Gates said in an interview. The

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Meetings kick off at the World Economic Forum in Davos

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The meetings at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland kicked off yesterday. Leaders from around the world are gathered to hold high level meetings and conversations about foreign affairs. The New York Times has some pre-WEF analysis. Here is an excerpt: Davos has been good at spotting some mega-trends, such as the rise

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MSF presses pharmaceutical companies to lower pneumonia vaccine prices

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Two giant pharmaceutical companies should lower the price of a new vaccine against pneumococcal disease that is needed by children in developing countries, but is unaffordable for some of their governments, say the volunteer doctors of Médecins sans Frontières. From the Guardian: In a new report on vaccine pricing, MSF says British company GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) and

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UN will not cut the number of sustainable development goals, says agency

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It is unlikely U.N. member states will push for a cut in the number of proposed sustainable development goals – and risk undoing painstaking talks – despite concerns there are too many of them, the head of the U.N. Development Programme said. From Reuters: The current draft of SDGs, produced after formal discussions, panels and U.N.

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Global campaign, action/2015, launched by thousands of NGOs

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A historic campaign was launched on Thursday. Thousands of aid groups from around the world came together to press world leaders on the upcoming post-2015 planning and discussions. From Euractiv: Together, they are calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to halt man-made climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality, and to

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Ebola could end in Liberia by June, says study

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A new study found Ebola could come to an end in Liberia by June, if the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues. From VOA: The study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, looked at factors such as the location of infection and treatment, the development of hospital capacity and the adoption of safe

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Pneumonia more like to kill children with HIV – report

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A new study said HIV-positive children are much more likely to die from pneumonia than children who are not infected with the AIDS virus. It’s estimated there are more than three million children under age 14 living with HIV. From VOA: Researchers said deaths from pneumonia among HIV-positive children could be dramatically reduced by expanding current

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Ebola-infected British nurse showing signs of recovery

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A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone is “no longer critically ill”, the London hospital treating her said Monday. From AFP: Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement but remains in isolation, the Royal Free Hospital in London said in a statement. Cafferkey was diagnosed in Glasgow on

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MSF opens maternity center as part of Ebola response

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Medicins Sans Frontiers has opened the first care center in the current Ebola epidemic for pregnant women, whose survival rate from the virus is virtually zero, the charity said on Saturday. From Reuters: There is currently one patient in the clinic, which is perched on a hill in the compound of a disused Methodist boys

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Researchers make major antibiotic breakthrough with new discovery

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A new antibiotic was discovered that is both powerful against the germs it fights and the threat of resistance, say researchers. From the Wall Street Journal: The discovery is a rare—and much-needed—breakthrough in the quest for new antibiotics to overcome the problem of growing resistance to existing drugs. While the new compound was shown to

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