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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is one of the most serious health and development challenges facing the world today. Over time, infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weakens the immune system to the point that it has difficulty in fighting off certain infections. AIDS is considered to be the most advanced stages of HIV infection, when people have difficulty in fighting off even minor infections. 

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Egypt Demographic and Health Surveys (EDHS) have been conducted in Egypt since 1988 to provide information to policy makers and researchers about the health situation in the country. The EDHS is repeated regularly (every 3-5 years) and it offers useful information while also monitoring and evaluating changes in maternal and child health indicators. Policy makers, therefore, can use data from the EDHS series to monitor and evaluate current family planning and health status, and also plan future health-related strategies. 

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Marked differentials exist between urban and rural areas, as well as Upper and Lower Egyptwith the gap in rural Upper Egypt contributing most to the above differentials.

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World Fit for Children target: End harmful traditional or customary practices, such as [...] female genital mutilation, which violate the rights of children and women

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The main findings and recommendations of the report focus on forecasting, financing and budgeting, procurement, brand selection and pricing, distribution, storage and the Logistics Management Information System (LMIS). The assessment was designed to diagnose areas that need improvement, monitor the system’s performance and raise stakeholders’ collective awareness about the system’s needs and, finally, gather logistics knowledge and use results from the analysis for future work planning.
Kabir U Ahmed, MD, MPH, Technical Adviser, UNFPA NY
Manal Ahmed El-Fiki, Consultant, UNFPA Egypt
Patrick Friel, PhD, Consultant, UNFPA NY
Jane Schuler-Repp, Consultant, UNFPA NY

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Findings from the Conference on “Sexual Harassment as Social Violence, and it’s Effect on Women” 

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The goal of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting
(FGM/C): Accelerating Change is to contribute to the abandonment of FGM/C within a generation in 17 African countries where the practice is widespread through a holistic, human rightsbased, cross-border programme approach.
 

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Each year, more countries are establishing reproductive health commodity security  as an integral and permanent component of the overall health sector plan and a key strategy in reducing maternal and newborn death and preventing the spread of HIV.
 

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UNFPA's Maternal Health Thematic Fund, initiated in early 2008, represents a focused effort to accelerate progress towards saving women's lives and achieving universal access to reproductive health, as outlined in Millennium Development Goal 5. This report outlines the activities, results and achievements from 2009 and looks ahead at future challenges.
 

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This global strategy against medicalization of FGM has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, including UN organizations and health care professional bodies, national governments and NGOs. The strategy is intended for a broad audience of policy makers in governments, parliamentarians, international agencies, professional associations, community leaders, religious leaders, NGOs and other institutions.

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