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Health Care and Clean Water for Conflict-Affected Syrians

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Turning Up the Volume on Children & Families Living with HIV and AIDS

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With just over two months until the G7 member states convene for the 43rd summit in Taormina, Italy, ministerial meetings are well underway, the priorities have been identified by the host nation, and civil society organizations are engaging with governments to influence the outcome. 

The Italian G7 presidency has established its mission – building the foundations of renewed trust - and published its priorities. Italy aims to achieve its mission through three core pillars:   

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Health Information Systems in Developing Countries

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