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OIC Nations Should Work With U.S. Partners, Others To Scale Up NTD Control, Elimination

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Impact of the Neglected Tropical Diseases on Human Development in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Nations Peter J. Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and U.S. science envoy for the Middle East and North Africa; and Jennifer R. Herricks, postdoctoral fellow at Rice…

Pope Francis Should End Catholic Church’s Condom Ban To Help Halt Spread Of HIV

Slate: Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms Justin Lynch, editorial fellow at the New America Foundation and journalist “…[T]he Catholic Church, where its intervention is needed most, has taken a fundamental stance against any use of contraception. … When Pope Francis visit[ed] Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African…

Understanding Political Context Around Islamist Opposition To Polio Vaccination Programs Essential To Public Health Policy, Eradicating Disease

Project Syndicate: Militant Islamism and Vaccine Skepticism Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou, both teaching fellows at the University College London’s School of Public Policy “…What is standing in the way of the [polio] virus’s eradication is not medical or technical constraints, but political resistance to the vaccination effort. … If the…

Pope Francis Should Re-Evaluate Catholic Church’s Contraception Policy

New York Times: The Pope and the Birth Control Ban Editorial Board “…Expanding birth control access worldwide would have huge benefits. … The Catholic Church has considered lifting its ban on contraception in the past. In 1964, Pope Paul VI convened a commission on the issue. A majority of members,…

New MERS Case Numbers Down In Saudi Arabia At Start Of Hajj, Health Official Says

Reuters: Saudi minister says MERS cases are reducing before hajj “A recent surge in cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a sometimes deadly virus, in Saudi Arabia has ebbed in the run-up to Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage, the kingdom’s Health Minister Khaled al-Falih said on Thursday…” (al-Mughrabi, 9/17).

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