Among the conservative and deeply patriarchal Maasai of Southern Kenya, 28-year-old father and warrior Ole Lelein is urging his community to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM.   Lelein disavowed FGM after attending a workshop about its adverse health…

NPR’s Goats and Soda blog continues its series on child brides with a report by Nurith Aizenman on the Veerni Institute in Jodhpur, India. Founded by Swiss philanthropist Jacqueline de Chollet, the institute provides free boarding and education for 75 girls, many of them…

Female genital mutilation is widely acknowledged as a dangerous practice that negatively impacts the physical and psychological health of women and girls. A new report from the Population Council synthesizes the most recent data on FGM from 29 countries in an effort “to…

Undocumented African migrants are falling prey to Egypt’s underground kidney trade, according to several studies cited in an article for the Thomas Reuters Foundation. The practice has flourished in Egypt where paying for a transplant procedure is legal, but buying a kidney…

The New York Times’ “Room for Debate” op-ed series turned its focus this week to the so-called Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath, which requires foreign organizations to “have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution” in order to receive HIV/AIDS US government funding.

Ongoing unrest in Mozambique continues to spawn raids at clinics and hospitals in the country. In the past month, the country’s opposition party, the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), looted at least 4 health facilities. They’ve absconded with medicines, damaged…

People who are HIV-positive in China still face stigma and discrimination in the country’s medical system. National regulations set a decade ago were meant to prevent hospitals from refusing to treat HIV-positive patients, but prospective patients report difficulty in…

Legal experts say India’s overburdened criminal justice system is contributing to unjust detentions and horrific conditions in overcrowded and understaffed prisons. Over 3 million cases are pending in the Indian court system. The backlog results in many detainees remaining…

In India, children make up 1/5 of all mine workers, working in dangerous conditions and suffering from exposure to coal and silica dust, and noxious fumes. Indian officials downplay the problem, writes Rina Chandran, but the International Labor Organization estimates there…

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, charismatic lecturer and author of several dozen books, died Saturday at age 87. It was his voice—and his gift for the haunting phrase—that emerged to fill the frozen silence in the aftermath of the Germans’…