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Awareness Campaign Working To Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma In Somalia

Al Jazeera examines the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Somalia and how an “aggressive awareness campaign” is helping people living with the disease seek treatment. The South Central Relief Network (SCRN), which launched the campaign, operates an HIV/AIDS clinic in Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital and currently “provides free treatment to 132 patients…

Skoll World Forum ‘Debate & Series’ Examines Post-2015 Agenda Issues

“To kick-off this year’s Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, [the Skoll World Forum] asked some of the world’s leading experts on deforestation, public health, religion, development and the post-2015 [development agenda] to help set the stage for this week’s discussions on mobilizing for impact,” according to the…

UNFPA Adviser Discusses Faith-Based Organizations’ Role In Development

In an interview with Inter Press Service U.N. Bureau Chief Thalif Deen, UNFPA Senior Adviser Azza Karam discusses the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in development. “The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) is perhaps the only U.N. agency that has invested — heavily and systematically since 2002 — in setting up…

WSJ Blog Examines Saudi Arabia’s Response To MERS In Lead Up To Hajj

“Saudi Arabia continues to report sporadic new cases and deaths from a lethal new coronavirus, as hajj season in October — when the kingdom expects more than three million pilgrims from 187 countries — approaches,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Middle East Real Time” blog reports. “As of Friday, the Saudi…

Congress Should Continue Bipartisan Support For WASH Programs

“Almost 800 million people have no safe drinking water and an astounding 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation worldwide. But unlike so many complex problems, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis really are within our reach. We have the technology. We need the leadership,” Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of…

Global Health Journal Publishes 7 Advance Access Articles

Global Health: Science and Practice — a “peer-reviewed, open access, online journal … published by USAID in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health” — has published seven advance access articles on its webpage, according to an email alert from the journal. “The topics include public health…

Philippines Supreme Court Hears Arguments For, Against Reproductive Health Law

“The Philippines Supreme Court began hearing a last-ditch attempt to block the controversial, long-awaited Reproductive Health Law on Tuesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “The Philippines Congress passed the RH bill, which requires authorities down to village level to provide free or low-cost reproductive health services, in December, ending some 13 years…

Pope Decries World Hunger As ‘Scandalous,’ Urges Countries To Work Together

“Decrying starvation in a world of plenty as ‘scandalous,’ Pope Francis was joined today by the head of the United Nations Rome based-agricultural agency in urging countries to work together to eliminate hunger and poverty,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “‘It is a well-known fact that current levels of production…

Congress Must Prioritize Funding For International Assistance Programs

“For many people around the world, sequestration is literally a life-or-death issue. Its impact may be most deeply felt by those living in developing nations,” Rev. Derrick Boykin, associate for African-American leadership outreach at Bread for the World, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Black Voices” blog. “Millions of people around…