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Taliban Threatens To Stymie Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

NPR: Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication “…Today the [Taliban] militant group continues to threaten to kill not only [polio] vaccinators but also parents who get their children immunized. That threat has had a chilling effect on anti-polio efforts nationwide. And it completely halted vaccination drives in some Taliban-controlled…

Myanmar’s Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care

Reuters: Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis “…Since international aid groups were forced out of [Myanmar's western state of Rakhine] in February and March, members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community who relied on them say basic health care services have all but disappeared…” (Mooney/Win, 7/24).

Some Religious Leaders Express Concern Over Ugandan Sex Education Campaign

IRIN: Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire “A new Ugandan sex education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. … Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Ministry and religious leaders have opposed the campaign on the…

PNG Revivalist Churches Promote Prayer Instead Of Medicine To Fight AIDS

Australia Network News: Papua New Guinean revivalist churches push dangerous campaign for ‘faith-healing’ of AIDS “Revivalist churches in Papua New Guinea are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups. … The mainstream churches in PNG are working with the United Nations…

Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers,…

Media Reports Examine Aspects Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister “The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday…” (Cohn/Vellacott, 7/21).…

Nigerian Mobile Units Deliver Polio Vaccines Amid Worsening Insurgency

Reuters: Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency “A Nigerian military offensive against Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up a corridor for mobile units of health workers to vaccinate children against polio in parts of the northeast. But the worsening insurgency poses a grave risk to the campaign…

Faith Community Should Help Shape Post-2015 Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital? Olav Kjorven, director of the Public Partnerships Division at UNICEF “…[L]et me offer three quick snapshots to try and convince you that agreeing on shared global development goals, and then actually achieving them, depends on more than expert — or even…

Melinda Gates, Bill Frist Call On Faith Leaders To Support Maternal, Child Health

The Tennessean: Melinda Gates, Bill Frist call for global focus on maternal and child health “…The Gates Foundation has partnered with former Sen. Bill Frist and his Nashville-based global health organization Hope Through Healing Hands. Together, they created the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, whose mission is…

‘Shared Values’ Needed To Tackle Health, Development Challenges

Huffington Post: Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships David Olson, global health communications expert “…Nowadays, it’s widely recognized that more stakeholders need to be consulted, both in the design and the execution of an intervention. Does this make the process more messy and complicated? It sure does, but…