US Gvt Withholds Funding To NGOS Supporting Abortion

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will withhold funding from foreign nongovernmental organizations that give money to foreign groups that perform abortions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. SOURCE: New York Times In an expansion of the administration’s anti-abortion policies, Mr. Pompeo also said the government was “fully enforcing” a law that prohibits groups from using United States aid to lobby on abortion issues. “We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end-runs around our policy,” Mr. Pompeo said. “American taxpayer dollars will not be used…

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Over 1 Million STIs Acquired Daily

AN estimated 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs namely chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis are contracted each year amidst indications that more than million new STIs are acquired daily, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. HealthTimes Reporter According to a research by WHO, more than 290 million women have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognized as an STI. “STIs such as HSV type 2 and syphilis can increase the risk…

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Global Congenital Syphilis Cases Decline -WHO

New estimates published today show that there were more than half a million (around 661,000) total cases of congenital syphilis in 2016, resulting in over 200,000 stillbirths and neonatal deaths.   Syphilis is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections globally, with approximately 6 million new cases each year. If a pregnant woman who is infected does not receive early and effective treatment, she can then transmit the infection to her unborn infant. This is known as ‘congenital syphilis’, which is often fatal. It can also cause low birth…

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UNAIDS Appoints New Deputy Executive Director of Programme

UNITED Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Shannon Hader as the new Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Shannon is an exceptional leader in AIDS and TB—with extensive experience in improving systems for health,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “From Washington DC to Zimbabwe she understands the epidemic and the response needed at the community, country and global levels—her vision and knowledge will be critical for UNAIDS and to ending AIDS by 2030.” Dr…

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USAID Announces $12 Mln Cancer Prevention Fund For Sub Saharan Africa

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will dedicate $12 million to support the expansion of programs, to prevent cervical cancer in the Republics of Malawi and Mozambique through integrated programs to improve women’s health. Cervical cancer is an outcome of infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). To reduce cervical cancer in Malawi and Mozambique, USAID will fund activities through the following partnerships: accelerating the introduction of a screen-and-treat strategy for HPV and cervical pre-cancerous lesions in…

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#DISGUSTING: Teenagers Boiling Used Tampons To Get High

LET me start off by apologizing, because things are about to get really disgusting. The newest teen fad is here, and it’s way worse than eating Tide Pods. Some teens are boiling used tampons in water and drinking the resulting concoction in order to get high. SOURCE: Yahoo Lifestyle Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke. Police all around Indonesia have arrested multiple teens caught using the sanitary devices in order to get high, according to Straits Times. It gets worse (if that’s even possible). Most of the time, these used pads…

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Energy Drinks Cause Obesity

CONSUMING energy drinks has been linked to the increasing case in childhood obesity globally. According to a report by Reuters, In England, 16-year-olds can down a pint in a pub, if having a meal in adult company. But under a new government proposal, it would be illegal for them to buy an energy drink like Red Bull at the corner store. A government statement on the proposal said that two-thirds of children ages 10 to 17, and a quarter of those from 6 to 9, consumed energy drinks. And it…

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House Maid jailed for trying to infect boss’ child with HIV/Aids

Kampala, Uganda | A housemaid was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to infect her boss’s two-year-old baby with HIV/AIDS. GODFREY SSALI  Jemima Nasifa alias Tumukunde Zainabu a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to the offence of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease, before Kampala’s City Hall Court, Grade One magistrate Beatrice Kainza. This after she had spent six months on remand at Luzira prison. The Magistrate on Wednesday convicted her on her own plea of guilt and added her three more years back to jail.…

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1 drug per week, hope for HIV patients

HIV patients will soon heave a sigh of relief as they will no longer need to carry a lot of pills with the rolling out of a new antiretroviral drug which will be taken only once a week. SOURCE: SUNDAYNEWS: Robin Muchetu Scientists in the United States have conducted trials of the new ARVs that will see a patient taking one drug per week and it will contain enough medicine to last that period. This means that drug intake will be reduced from 30 to just four per month. Director…

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Zambia Cancells Church Services As Cholera Crisis Continues

Zambia’s cholera crisis which started in October 2017 continues to affect the lives of people in the southern African country. SOURCE: RadioVop Zimbabwe Authorities have said the number of persons infected continues to rise – they put the figure at 2,451 as at Sunday January 7, 2018. A local news portal said of the 61 deaths nationwide, 58 were in the capital, Lusaka. Another area affected by the crisis is places of worship. A number of churches announced cancellation of all services especially in Lusaka. The Reformed Church in Zambia…

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