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Islamist Militants Threaten Polio Immunization Campaign In Syria

IRIN: Will Islamic State allow polio drive? “In Syria’s brutal civil war, the announcement in late January that the country had effectively beaten polio again was a rare bright spot. … But even this small achievement is now threatened as the Islamist militants have cracked down on aid groups, and…

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The Guardian Examines Reasons Behind High Rates Of Sexual Violence, Pregnancy Among Girls In Guatemala

The Guardian: Rape, ignorance, repression: why early pregnancy is endemic in Guatemala “…Cultural practices, endemic violence, and the hold of the Catholic church over decisions on reproductive health make girls in Guatemala easy prey for abuse and vulnerable to early pregnancy…” (Forsell/Lyche, 8/27).

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Fears Of MERS Outbreak During Hajj Pilgrimage ‘Probably Overblown’

Vox: Why worries about a MERS virus outbreak at the Hajj are probably overblown Julia Belluz, health reporter at Vox “…There are a few reasons fears about a deadly outbreak [of MERS] are overblown. … Heading up to this year’s Hajj, [a pilgrimage taken by millions to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca,]…

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Strategies To Encourage Vaccination Must Be Tailored To Local Communities

Devex: Why we should not hesitate to vaccinate Philippe Duclos, executive secretary for the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization “…There is no ‘magic bullet’ or single intervention strategy that works for all instances of vaccine hesitancy. We need tailored strategies to improve vaccine acceptance, using effective communication to…

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MERS Vaccine Research Progresses As Saudi Arabia Faces Outbreak Ahead Of Hajj

Foreign Policy: As Saudi Arabia Grapples With MERS Outbreak, a Vaccine Is in Sight “Just one month before the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of more than two million Muslims to Mecca, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh has sparked…

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Saudi Arabia Working To Stem Surge Of New MERS Cases Ahead Of Hajj Pilgrimage

New York Times: New Surge of MERS Infections Hits Saudi Arabia “Saudi Arabia is facing a new surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that has infected more than 1,100 people and killed more than 480 in the kingdom since it appeared in 2012. … The…

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CSIS Events Examine Role Of Faith-Based Organizations In Global Health

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: The Nexus of Faith and Health Janet Fleischman, a senior associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), writes, “…To explore the nexus between faith and health, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center…

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Global Health Researchers Lack Data On Faith-Based Organizations’ Health Care Services, Lancet Series Says

SciDev.Net: Faith-based care invisible to health researchers “Christian, Islamic, and other faith-based organizations provide extensive health care in the world’s poorest places, but are invisible to global health researchers, according to a series of papers published this month in medical journal The Lancet. The result is a dearth of data…

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Chilean President Bachelet’s Efforts To Relax Nation’s Abortion Laws In Jeopardy, Create Split Within Ruling Coalition

Reuters: Chile’s abortion reform in trouble with ruling coalition split “President Michelle Bachelet’s push to relax strict abortion laws in socially conservative Chile has created a rift inside her ruling coalition and key elements of the reform are likely to be scratched. … Bachelet’s proposals would allow an abortion if…

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U.S. Must Support Local Capacity Building In Development Agenda To Reduce Climate Change Impacts, End Global Hunger

The Hill: A moral commitment to end hunger Faustine Wabwire, senior foreign assistance policy analyst at the Bread for the World Institute “…[I]t will be impossible to end hunger and extreme poverty without addressing climate change. One step the United States and its partners can take [at the Third International…

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