At 49%, Indonesia’s rate of female circumcision is the third highest in the world—despite laws banning the practice.   What keeps it going? In Indonesia, female genital mutilation is rooted as much in family tradition as in religion, according to new research from Gajah…

As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

While Tanzania’s president bowed to international pressure when he disavowed an official’s 2018 pledge to round up homosexuals and jail them for life, the country’s institutionalized homophobia hasn’t budged, Human Rights Watch warns.   On top of criminalizing homosexuality…

A once-promising HIV vaccine candidate is dead in the water after a major human trial showed it worked no better than the placebo, Bhekisisa reports.  

A week after Pittsburgh declared racism a public health crisis, a blanket of particulate matter clouded the skies over Steel City. Relentless pollution saw the city’s air “deemed unsafe to breathe” for 3 months last year, and is one of many public health woes that…

The International Court of Justice today ordered Burma (Myanmar) to do everything in its power to protect Rohingya Muslims years after its army killed an estimated 10,000 people and drove 700,000 from their homes., NPR reports.   The emergency measures are a preliminary…

MINUSTAH—the notorious UN mission in Haiti—was mired in controversy over sexual abuse allegations against uniformed staffers.   But little is known about the children they left behind—the “Petit MINUSTAH”—and their families.   Researchers interviewed some 2,500 Haitians…

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After almost 40% of women trainees reported being sexually harassed on the job, the NIH pledged to rethink its policies.   People with disabilities, young women and LGBT+ people were most vulnerable.   A working group report urged speedy reforms, like establishing safe…

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.