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Pakistan’s Polio Workers Determined To Eliminate Polio Despite Militant Attacks

IRIN: Pakistan teams defy militant attacks to wipe out polio this year “…Over the past few years, half a billion doses of vaccine have been given each year to Afghan and Pakistani children, and the World Health Organization says we are now in the final stretches of the global battle…

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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…

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VICE Examines Successes, Challenges Of HIV Prevention, Treatment Efforts In Islamic Nations

VICE: Is the Islamic World Facing Up to Its Rising HIV Problem? “Despite strict rules against promiscuity, homosexuality, drug use, and sex work, the Islamic world is nevertheless — and perhaps as a result — facing up to a growing HIV problem. … For most governments in the Islamic world,…

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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…

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Before Widespread Zika Epidemic, Pope Francis Said Contraceptives Permissible In Some Situations

Los Angeles Times: Before the spread of the Zika virus, the Vatican allowed contraceptive use in limited situations “On his flight from Mexico back to the Vatican in February, Pope Francis made an unexpected comment about the Zika virus, saying that the outbreak — blamed for serious birth defects around…

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More Children In Malaysia Face Disease Risk As Parents Reject Vaccines In Fear Of Breaking Religious Edicts

Reuters: Some Malaysians’ rejection of vaccines fans fears of disease surge “More children are falling victim to contagious diseases in Muslim-majority Malaysia, worrying health authorities as parents reject immunization programs for fear the vaccines used infringe strict religious rules…” (Latiff, 7/6).

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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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Lessons From HIV Prevention, Treatment In Kenya May Help Inform Response To Growing NCD Epidemic

Huffington Post: A Christian Warrior For Health Takes On Chronic Disease After Battling AIDS David J. Olson, global health communications expert “…[M]any Kenyans are surviving AIDS only to live long enough to be killed by [noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)]. … Health programs, therefore, must turn their attention to this new pandemic…

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Local Health Workers, NGOs Face Challenges To Improving Contraception Access In Rural Myanmar

The Guardian: Baby blues: rural Myanmar’s desperate need for family planning services “…About 40 percent of women in Myanmar use contraception, but in Chin State the figure is closer to three percent. … But improving access to family planning services is an uphill battle. Many people believe using contraception defies…

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Pope Francis Urges Nations To ‘Feed People, Not Wars’ In Address At U.N. WFP

Deutsche Welle: Pope condemns ‘paradox’ of guns but no food in conflict zones “Pope Francis told a meeting at the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) that preventing supplies from reaching war zones was a violation of international law, adding that the world faced a ‘strange paradox.’ Francis’ visit to the…

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