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10 million missing girls in India
At least 10 million female foetuses have been aborted in India over the past two decades by families determined to ensure they have male heirs, according to a new survey. ... more

HIV numbers rise to 40 million
Despite decreases in the rate of infection in certain countries, the overall number of people living with HIV has continued to increase in all regions of the world except the Caribbean, according to the AIDS Epidemic Update2005 report published on 21 November by UNAIDS and WHO. ... more

Experts attack damaging approach to AIDS pandemic
All too often, AIDS campaigners and those who promote family planning pursue their goals in isolation of each other. This has slowed progress in reproductive health care in Asia, and enabled the AIDS pandemic to continue spreading, leading experts in the field said this week. ... more

US HIV/AIDS policy under fire
The announcement, in 2003, that the US Adminstration under President Bush was to give $15 billion (�9 billion) to help the fight against AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean was welcomed by campaigner Sir Bob Geldof, and others, as a major breakthrough. But, critics argue, it has become increasingly clear that the Bush policy is, in many ways, proving more damaging that helpful, as this Editorial Comment from the Baltimore Sun reveals. ... more

Colombia's abortion campaign under attack
A Colombian lawyer, Monica Roa, who has been leading the challenge to the country's strict abortion laws, says that as well as facing opposition from the anti-choice movement and the Catholic Church, her campaign was being undermined by the administration of President George Bush and its controversial 'Mexico City' policy which bans overseas aid for groups that support abortion. ... more

No end to poverty without gender equality, says UN
Global efforts to �make poverty history� will fail unless world leaders act now to end gender discrimination, according to The State of World Population 2005 report, released today by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). ... more

Help needed for 40,000 pregnant women after earthquake
As United Nations trucks carrying life-saving medicine and surgical supplies began to arrive in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the area worst hit by Saturday�s devastating earthquake, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)issued an appeal today for $3.2 million to meet the urgent needs of an estimated 40,000 pregnant women. ... more

New partnership to save lives of women and childen
A new global initiative which could help save the lives of millions of women and children was announced in New York today as at an official side event of the 2005 World Summit. ... more

Poor countries will not meet health goals, WHO warns
Most poor countries will miss global targets to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and reverse the toll of AIDS and other diseases by 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in a new report. ... more

Big drop in HIV infection in Zambabwe reported
Changes in sexual behaviour are believed to have triggered a striking decline in HIV prevalence in eastern Zimbabwe, according to a team of British scientists. ... more

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