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Saudi Authorities Take Ebola, MERS Precautions During Hajj Pilgrimage To Mecca

News outlets report on safeguards being taken to prevent the spread of Ebola and MERS during the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Deutsche Welle: Ebola casts shadow over Mecca “The annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has begun. But this year, there will be fewer Muslims from West…

New Reproductive Technologies Raise ‘Serious Theological, Ethical, And Legal Concerns’

Inter Press Service: On Reproductive Rights, Progress with Concerns Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division “…During the past half-century remarkable technological progress has been made in human reproduction. As a result of this medical progress, women and men have acquired wide-ranging reproductive rights and technologies to…

Pope Francis, International Aid Groups Call For Increased Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on calls for greater assistance in West African nations hit by Ebola. Associated Press: Pope urges international aid to fight Ebola “Pope Francis is urging international assistance to fight the Ebola virus in Africa. Francis also urged the 30,000 people who attended his weekly general audience on…

U.N. General Assembly Reaffirms Population, Development Goals

News outlets examine leaders’ efforts to reaffirm the tenets of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Inter Press Service: Religious Leaders Call for U.N. Action on Sexual & Reproductive Health “On the eve of a major U.N. special session on population and development, a delegation of religious leaders…

Blog Posts Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

The following blog posts address issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak. Center for Global Development “Global Health Policy Blog”: “We Are Running Out of Time” — A Letter from the Front Lines of Ebola Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, presents a letter written by…

Blog Post Examines Role Of FBOs In Global Health, Development

Global Health TV: Are donors adequately funding faith groups for maximum impact in global health? David Olson, a global development communications consultant, discusses the role of faith-based organizations in global public health and development (8/26).

Pope Francis Must Address Women’s Reproductive Well-Being

The Guardian: Pope Francis has done little to improve women’s lives Tina Beattie, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Roehampton in London “Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants a poor church of the poor. … He has also acknowledged the need to give women a greater say…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…

U.N. Officials Condemn Sexual Violence In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: ‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq — U.N. “Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the ‘barbaric acts’ of sexual violence and ‘savage rapes’ the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control…”…