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Catholic Church Faces Challenges In Continuing HIV/AIDS Treatment Programs In Africa

Christian Science Monitor: In Africa’s battle against AIDS, a key player hits a crossroads “The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it’s facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves…” (Brown, 4/21).

Opinion Pieces Discuss Foreign Assistance, Food Aid Budgets

The Hill: Real possibility of ending hunger and extreme poverty David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World “A world without hunger and poverty is no longer a dream. … Increased political commitment is crucial to real progress against hunger and poverty. Over the last five years, Bread for the…

World Bank Backs Access To Contraceptives, Improved Sexual Health In Sahel Region

Reuters: World Bank backs contraception, sexual health in Sahel region “Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa’s arid Sahel region and improving women’s sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said…” (Piper, 3/31).

Conference Examines Role Of Faith-Based Organizations In Global Health

Deseret News National: Can science and religion come together to improve global health? “…[G]lobal health should be a meeting point for people of faith and scientists. And yet biases on both sides sometimes stand in the way of cooperation. These roadblocks were part of the inspiration behind Perceptions: Science and…

Boko Haram In West, Central Africa Poses Threat To NTD Gains

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, writes, “I am concerned that the expansion of Boko Haram into West and Central Africa…

Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Contraceptive Access At AOL Event

Huffington Post: Melinda Gates Shares Personal Reason She Wants All Women To Have Access To Birth Control “Melinda Gates understands why contraceptives are vital to the health and well-being of women in the developing world. Her own life would be different if she hadn’t had access to them. The Bill…

Somali Families From U.K., U.S. Reportedly Traveling To Kenya To Undergo FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Western girls holiday in Kenya to undergo FGM in secret “Somali families living in Britain and the United States are bringing their daughters to Kenya to secretly undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as their home countries crack down on the internationally condemned practice…” (Migiro, 3/11).

Clinic In Manila, Philippines Helps Women, Men Access Affordable Contraceptives

PRI: How this clinic has changed a nation’s view of family planning “Along a busy street in the heart of Manila’s largest slum is a hard-to-find doorway. It’s tucked away between a few nondescript shops. But it opens into a hidden world. Women in the Philippines have been coming here…

U.N., Malaysian Health Officials Work To Repeal Fatwa Requiring All Muslim Women To Undergo FGM

VOA News: U.N., Malaysia Groups Seek to Repeal Fatwa Requiring FGM “In 2009, Malaysia’s National Fatwa Committee, the nation’s top Islamic council, required all Muslim women in the country to undergo female genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. … Government health officials who are in negotiations with Malaysia’s National…