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Pope Francis Announces All Roman Catholic Priests Have Power To Forgive Abortion

Reuters: Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests “Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a…

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International Conference On NTDs Presents Collaborative Opportunities For Church Leaders, Researchers, Policymakers

Global Network of Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: All Roads Lead to Rome: the Path to the Vatican Conference on NTDs “The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers is hosting an international conference on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and rare diseases November 10-12, 2016 at the Vatican, ‘Towards a…

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Severe Malnutrition Plagues Northeastern Nigeria Due To Boko Haram; Some Aid Workers Say Situation Qualifies As Famine

Los Angeles Times: How a terrorist group set off a famine, affecting thousands of families “…The famine killing thousands of children in northeastern Nigeria is forcing parents to take drastic measures, and aid workers fear the death toll will continue to spiral upward. The famine is the product of Boko…

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Addressing Threats To Contraceptive Security Critical To Achieving SDGs, Universal Access To Family Planning Methods By 2030

Devex: Big questions remain about global contraceptive access Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, and John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition “…[I]t will take much more than funding alone to meet the growing global need for contraceptives. The supply chain that moves family planning products into the…

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Thailand Makes Abortion Legal For Women Carrying Fetuses With Serious Zika-Linked Defects

International Business Times: Thailand makes Zika-linked abortions legal as fears over microcephaly rise “Thai authorities have decided that pregnant women infected with Zika virus can undergo abortion without legal consequences. After much deliberation doctors decided to ease the stringent laws, Thailand’s child health unit said on 5 October…” (Ray, 10/6).…

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Nigerian Lawyer Working To Train Community, Religious Leaders To Advocate For Maternal, Child Health Care

NPR: Once Opposed To Maternal Health, Islamic Scholars Become Champions “[Harvard-trained lawyer] Aminu Gamawa wants to change the way Islamic scholars think about health care. … Gamawa thinks [Islamic leaders’] influence can actually be used to improve maternal and infant health. In association with the Development Research and Projects Centre…

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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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