May 28, 2016 Volume 387 Number 10034 p2163-2262 e28
Eliminating FGM: what can health professionals do?
Female genital mutilation (FGM)—defined by WHO as “procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”—is internationally recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Worldwide, more than 200 million girls and women suffer the physical and psychological consequences of FGM. FGM is a harmful practice and can cause several immediate and long-term health consequences such as haemorrhage, post-traumatic stress disorder, painful urination, and complications in childbirth.
Yellow fever: the resurgence of a forgotten disease
Published Online: 23 May 2016
The possibility that a mosquito bite during pregnancy could cause severe brain damage in newborn babies has alarmed the public and astonished scientists. The Zika outbreak in the Americas shows how a disease that slumbered for six decades in Africa and Asia, never causing an outbreak, can become a global health emergency. The Ebola and Zika outbreaks have revealed gaping holes in our lines of defence: weak health infrastructures and capacities in west Africa and the demise of programmes for mosquito control in the Americas.