global health weekly news
March 7 2016
Tomorrow is International Women's Day. This year’s theme is pledge for parity, inspired by the World Economic Forum’s predictions that, at the current pace, the world will not close the global gender gap for another 117 years. In Nigeria, people are taking to the streets of Lagos to walk against gender-based violence, while in India female sherpas will lead tours of their favorite parts of Mumbai. London is hosting the Women of the World festival, and thousands of other events will take place across the world.
The festival's creative director, Biaggi, says “the standout themes this year are censorship and freedom in China, migration and the refugee crisis, artists as agitators, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, children and women’s rights.” ♧
Here's the event's website: https://ff.hrw.org/
An audit by the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published on Friday, said millions of dollars remained unspent in Uganda even though drug shortages were common in health centers. For a country often pleading limited resources for providing decent healthcare, the findings suggest that a big part of the problem could be government deficiency. Among other recommendations, the audit proposed that the government presents a plan to improve administration of the grants, and convenes a review to establish the number of people who will need HIV and Aids treatment. ♧
The ruling marked the first time anyone had faced justice for sexual violence during the conflict – and the first time anywhere in the world that sexual slavery perpetrated during an armed conflict had been prosecuted in the country where the crimes took place. Depicted below, female victims of sexual slavery covered in scarfs raise their hands in solidarity at the verdict. ♧
This Wednesday is a special time-traveling total solar eclipse. The spectacle will begin on March 9 and finish on March 8! The moon’s shadow will first fall over parts of the Pacific on Wednesday morning local time, and then cross the international date line and appear visible on Tuesday afternoon local time! ♧
The San Francisco Exploratorium will live stream the total eclipse from Micronesia on its website. Also, Jupiter will be at opposition Tuesday, allowing stargazers everywhere to see the planet at its brightest in the night sky without needing a telescope.