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Health Crisis In Conflict-Torn CAR Continues To Deteriorate

The Lancet: Aid groups warn of ‘catastrophic’ health crisis in CAR “With clashes still continuing in the Central African Republic [CAR], aid groups say the health and humanitarian situation looks set to deteriorate even further. … Aid groups are warning that without greater efforts to bring the fighting under control…

U.S. Not Alone In Balancing Reproductive Rights With Religious Freedom

GlobalPost: With birth control, U.S. not alone grappling with reproductive rights and religious freedom “…[T]he U.S. is not alone in attempting to strike a balance between offering reproductive health care services and respecting religious organization’s rights. In recent months, Ireland, Argentina, and Israel — three countries with deep-seated religious ties…

UNICEF Educates Somaliland Communities About Harms Of FGM

Associated Press: Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut “…UNICEF is weaving a delicate campaign to educate communities in Somaliland about the harms of female genital mutilation and to get leaders, who are meeting there this month to debate the practice, to denounce it. Child rights advocates in nearly…

Conference Aims To Strengthen Faith-Based Organizations’ Roles In Addressing HIV/AIDS

Vatican Radio: Strengthening role of churches in combating HIV/AIDS “An international conference on stepping up the fight against HIV/AIDS opened in Rome on Tuesday, with participants focused on how to strengthen the role of faith-based organizations. Jointly organized by UNAIDS and the global Catholic aid and development confederation Caritas Internationalis,…

Maintaining Health Gains In Afghanistan Must Be Aim Of Drawdown Agreements

Foreign Policy: The Taliban Are Winning The War On Polio Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, and Maxine Builder, research associate, at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week’s tragic reappearance of polio in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after 13 years, poses serious questions about the future of health…

Faith-Based Organizations ‘Vital’ To Ensuring Access To Family Planning

Huffington Post: Family Planning and Serving Families in Kibera Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University “…Faith-linked providers are vital to the global challenge of ensuring access to family planning. The many providers tend to be driven by concern for…

CAR Conflict Could Escalate Into Religious War, U.N. Official Warns

U.N. News Centre: Strife in Central African Republic could turn into religious war and spill over borders, U.N. warns “The worsening strife in the Central African Republic (CAR) with its Muslim-Christian overtones risks escalating into sustained violence along religious lines and spilling beyond the country’s borders, further destabilizing the whole…

Guttmacher Analysis Examines Faith-Based Groups’ Roles In Family Planning Services

“Contrary to public perception, faith-based organizations from diverse religious backgrounds are key players in the provision of family planning services around the world, and those based in the United States advocate for increased U.S. assistance in this area to boost global health, according to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis,” a…

Faith Leaders ‘Uniquely Positioned’ To Help Eliminate HIV/AIDS Stigma

“[T]here has been tremendous progress in the medical and scientific aspects of HIV and AIDS. But there has been much less progress on the social aspects of the pandemic, especially the stigma associated with the disease,” David Barstow, president of EMPACT Africa, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Religion” blog. “Leaders…

Pakistani Religious Scholar Speaks In Support Of Polio, Other Vaccines

“A radical Pakistani religious scholar known as the ‘Father of the Taliban’ has issued a fatwa urging parents to immunize their children against polio and other fatal diseases, adding that vaccinations comply with Islamic law,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The edict by Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who heads the hardline Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania seminary,…