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Myanmar President Approves Population Control Health Care Law Amid Concerns Over Potential Reproductive, Human Rights Violations

Associated Press: Myanmar president signs off on contested population law “Myanmar’s president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women,…

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U.S. State Department Expresses Concern Over Burma’s Passage Of Health Care For Population Control Bill

U.S. Department of State: Concerns About Burma’s Health Care for Population Control Bill In a statement, Jeff Rathke, director of the Office of Press Relations, notes, “The United States is deeply concerned about legislative passage of the Health Care for Population Control Bill in Burma, paving the way for it…

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Latin America Must Reevaluate Priorities Surrounding Maternal Health, Abortion

Bloomberg View: Latin America Is Failing Its Women Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View contributor “…Domestic violence, religiously motivated legislation, and a culture of impunity: When it comes to safeguarding women and especially girls, Latin American governments appear to be in a race to the bottom. … Both traditional Roman Catholic and…

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Illegal, Unsafe Abortions In Tanzania, East Africa Contribute To High Maternal Mortality Rates

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzanian women endangered by illegal abortions “…Abortion is illegal in Tanzania except to save a woman’s life and is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. In Tanzania and other parts of East Africa, the estimated number of unsafe abortions was 2.4 million in 2008, or…

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Myanmar’s Proposed Birth Spacing Law Could Impact Country’s Maternal Health Advances, Human Rights Group Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Myanmar population control law threatens minorities: rights group “Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted, abused, and suppressed by a proposed population control law which could be a serious setback for the country’s maternal health advances, according to a U.S.-based human rights group…” (Guilbert, 4/22).

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Catholic Church Faces Challenges In Continuing HIV/AIDS Treatment Programs In Africa

Christian Science Monitor: In Africa’s battle against AIDS, a key player hits a crossroads “The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it’s facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves…” (Brown, 4/21).

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Foreign Assistance, Food Aid Budgets

The Hill: Real possibility of ending hunger and extreme poverty David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World “A world without hunger and poverty is no longer a dream. … Increased political commitment is crucial to real progress against hunger and poverty. Over the last five years, Bread for the…

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World Bank Backs Access To Contraceptives, Improved Sexual Health In Sahel Region

Reuters: World Bank backs contraception, sexual health in Sahel region “Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa’s arid Sahel region and improving women’s sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said…” (Piper, 3/31).

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Conference Examines Role Of Faith-Based Organizations In Global Health

Deseret News National: Can science and religion come together to improve global health? “…[G]lobal health should be a meeting point for people of faith and scientists. And yet biases on both sides sometimes stand in the way of cooperation. These roadblocks were part of the inspiration behind Perceptions: Science and…

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Boko Haram In West, Central Africa Poses Threat To NTD Gains

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, writes, “I am concerned that the expansion of Boko Haram into West and Central Africa…

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