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Saudi Officials, Global Health Experts Outline Plan To Prevent Disease During Hajj

New York Times: Guarding Against Disease Among Pilgrims to Mecca “…Preventing outbreaks during the hajj is a major focus of the new field of ‘mass gathering medicine,’ and last week in The Lancet, Saudi and European scientists affiliated with the new Global Center for Mass Gathering Medicine, based in the…

Protests Surround Firing Of HIV Expert At Jamaican University

Associated Press/Washington Post: Protest over Jamaica university firing AIDS doctor “Religious activists, students, and colleagues gathered outside Jamaica’s biggest university Monday to protest the firing of an HIV expert who testified on behalf of church groups defending an anti-sodomy law…” (McFadden, 5/26).

Belief In Witchcraft Undermining Health Care In Papua New Guinea

IRIN: Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service “…[S]tories [of people being treated by traditional healers because they believe they are cursed] are not uncommon in [Papua New Guinea (PNG)], a largely traditional society with 836 languages and where belief in witchcraft or sanguma as it is known in Tok Pisin,…

Deaths Rise As Aid Cuts Affect Health Care Access For Myanmar’s Rohingya

New York Times: Death Stalks Muslims as Myanmar Cuts Off Aid “…The crisis began with the government’s expulsion of Doctors Without Borders, one of the world’s premier humanitarian aid groups and the lifeline to health care for more than a million Rohingya increasingly denied those services by their own government.…

IPPF Head Criticizes ‘One Of Us’ Campaign In E.U.

The Guardian: Religious campaign to halt E.U. abortion funding ‘lacks mercy’ “A religious-backed initiative to prevent E.U. aid money being spent on programs that support abortion lacks compassion for women, the head of the International Planned Parenthood Federation has said. Tewodros Melesse said the One of Us campaign, launched with…

Pope Calls For End To War, Waste Contributing To Hunger In Easter Address

Reuters: On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger “Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the ‘immense wastefulness’ in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and Africa…” (Pullella, 4/20).

Safe, Clean Water Can Be ‘Source Of Hope And Life For All’

The Hill: Water and the Angel of Death Rev. Otis Moss, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago “…[W]ithout safe water and sanitation, a whole host of global ills cannot be cured — malnutrition, poverty, food insecurity, gender inequality. Not even peace can be achieved when some…

Not All Imams In Senegal Oppose Family Planning

Citing the publication of a March 15 Washington Post article on controversy surrounding a family planning program and religious leaders in Senegal, Cheikh Seck, the project director for IntraHealth International’s Senegal Urban Health Initiative, and colleagues write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[T]he article presents…

People In African Countries Among Most Morally Opposed To Contraception

Michael Lipka, assistant editor at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, writes in the center’s “Fact Tank” blog about a recent Pew Research Center survey of people in 40 countries examining views on contraception. “Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal ranked among the nine countries with the…