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17 Indian Women From Small Islamic Sect Begin Petition To End FGM

NPR: Petition Against Female Genital Mutilation Provokes An Angry Backlash “…[L]ast winter, 17 Indian women from a tiny sect of Islam blew the lid off a guarded secret … They authored a petition asking the government of India to outlaw female circumcision. Until the petition went public in December, many…

Engaging Religious Leaders In NTD Control, Elimination Efforts Could Help Reduce Poverty

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: The World’s Great Religions and Their Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter J. Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases “New information based on data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that practically everyone infected with a major neglected tropical disease (NTD) lives in…

Philippine President-Elect Duterte Promotes Birth Control Despite Catholic Church’s Opposition

The Atlantic: Contraception in the Philippines “Filipino president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he would promote birth control in his country even though it goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church…” (Phippen, 6/27). International Business Times: Philippines’ President-Elect Duterte Ready To Lock Horns With Catholic Church Over Contraception “…Duterte, who…

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