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Welcome back Reader!

A little late today! We wanted to share the latest news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates medical devices, regarding the use of vaginal mesh. 

MESH SALES HALTED 

The controversial medical device implant, vaginal mesh, has been effectively banned in the United States for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Tuesday announcement came after tens of thousands of patients around the world have reported serious complications.

HOOKED ON FOSSILS

On the menu at the World Bank? “The entrée is fossil fuels with a side of renewables,” says Heike Mainhardt, author of a new report on the global lending giant by the environmental watchdog Urgewald. The bank has vowed to fight climate change by steering investment towards clean energy. But… Urgewald’s analysis found that of active projects on the bank’s balance sheet, $21 billion is supporting fossil fuel projects, while $15 billion has been directed to renewable energy projects.

WORKING FOR RESPECT

Sandrine Sawadogo from Burkina Faso is a (self-confessed) “rarity” as a female investigative reporter in West Africa. She’s also constantly battling outdated data storage techniques, and daily electricity cuts are just a part of life. Hear more from Sandrine in this month’s Meet the Investigators

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

In case you missed this last week… we often get asked ‘what happened after the Panama Papers?’ The short answer is: a lot. After the initial reaction, we have witnessed a steady beat of resignations, investigations, criminal cases, rule tightening and much more. Here’s an attempt to summarize some of those changes.

Until next week!

Amy Wilson-Chapman

ICIJ's Community Engagement Editor

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