Top women's health news

US backs efforts to tackle spread of HIV/Aids in Uganda

In a bid to tackle the spread of HIV and Aids in Uganda, more than 60 youngsters have been educated about the condition, thanks to a US-backed initiative.

It is hoped they will then share the information with others to increase general awareness, according to New Vision Uganda.

Change in law 'will not eradicate FGM in Ethiopia'

Although female genital mutilation (FGM) has been banned in Ethiopia, it is still reportedly taking place.

Cases of FGM 'often unreported in Britain'

Many instances of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK are currently going unreported, a charity has warned.

FGM 'has close parallels with other forms of child abuse'

An anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) campaigner has said the procedure can have similar consequences for children to other forms of child abuse.

Pakistan hails progress on tackling maternal mortality

Pakistan has highlighted the progress it has made in cutting maternal mortality rates in recent years.

Zakia Shahnawaz, Pakistan's population welfare minister, represented the country at a UN panel and noted that its maternal mortality rate has halved since 1990-91, the Business Recorder reports.

Guatemalan authorities aim to tackle spread of HIV

The Guatemalan public health and social assistance ministry has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the spread of HIV throughout the country.

According to figures from the organisation, 30,871 cases were reported during the first eight months of 2013.

Anti-FGM Board to step up law enforcement in Kenya

A body designed to clamp down on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya is to step up its efforts to eradicate the practice.

Water toxicity linked to child mortality

A new report from UNESCO and UN Water has suggested that toxicity within drinking water is a major cause of child mortality around the globe.
According to statistics from the UN, some 869,000 children under five die every year due to toxically germ-infested unsafe drinking water - almost three to four babies each minute.

Zambia 'must make efforts to improve maternal health'

More than 70,000 maternal deaths are recorded among adolescents in Zambia annually, with girls younger than 15 five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s.

FGM 'a taboo topic in US'

Many authorities in the US are reluctant to address the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM), an expert has warned.