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Also In Global Health News: Active TB Genetic Marker Found; African Bishops Fight HIV; Polio Eradication; PEPFAR In Dominican Republic

Active TB “Genetic Signature” Found Researchers have identified a “genetic signature” in the blood of active tuberculosis patients in the U.K. and South Africa that could one day lead to a test to predict who among latent carriers might develop the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Reuters reports…

Opinions: U.S. Foreign Aid Effectiveness; Faith-Based Groups’ Work Abroad

Foreign Aid Is A Smart Investment Although “foreign assistance is a very small proportion of the overall budget, its effectiveness is both measurable and priceless,” Sheila Nix, the executive director of ONE, writes in a Roll Call opinion piece. “These investments are helping shape a world where no one dies…

Religious Leaders Vow To Fight HIV/AIDS Stigma, Discrimination

A two-day gathering in The Hague of religious leaders to discuss the role people of faith can play in the fight against HIV/AIDS concluded Tuesday with a pledge to prevent discrimination against those living with the disease, the Associated Press reports.

Roots Of FGM Lie In Tribal Culture, Not Religion

“Female genital mutilation has long survived, hidden under the cloak of religious, cultural, and tribal practices, but … as we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), it is time for every leader whether political or religious, whether male or female, to unequivocally stand in…

New York Times Examines Muslim Brotherhood’s Objections To CSW Declaration; U.N. Members Continue To Push For Compromise

“Now, with a leader of the [Muslim] Brotherhood’s political arm in Egypt’s presidential palace and its members dominating Parliament, some deeply patriarchal views the organization has long taught its members are spilling into public view,” the New York Times reports, noting astatement released this week by the Brotherhood objecting to “a proposed United Nations…

ABC News Examines How Newly Selected Pope’s Stance On Contraception Might Impact Catholic Organizations Working On HIV/AIDS

ABC News examines how the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina to be Pope might impact Catholic organizations’ work in disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS prevention. According to ABC News, the Guardian reports that Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, “takes a slightly more pragmatic view on contraception, believing that it can be…

U.N. Member States Gather In New York For 57th Meeting Of Commission On The Status Of Women

“Member states of the United Nations will gather in New York for the next two weeks to discuss the elimination of violence against women and girls,” GlobalPost’s “Rights” blog reports, noting “the United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will hold meetings, discussions, debate and make decisions on how…

Delegates At CSW Meeting Push To Reach Compromise On Final Document

“Delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women are racing to reach a consensus deal on a final document by Friday, and some diplomats say the future of the commission — a global policy-making body created in 1946 for the advancement of women — is at risk…

Objections From Vatican, Iran, Russia Threatening CSW Document

“Halfway into their two-week annual meeting, delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women fear they will not be able to agree on a final communiqué, just like last year,” a New York Times editorial writes. “Delegates and activists are pointing fingers at the Vatican, Iran and Russia for trying to…