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USA TODAY Examines Resurgence Of Polio In Some Muslim-Majority Countries

“Once close to eradication worldwide, the dreaded disease polio is resurfacing in Muslim-majority countries where vaccinations are hard to come by due to war, religious edicts and ignorance, experts say,” USA TODAY reports. The newspaper highlights outbreaks of the disease and efforts to immunize children in countries such as Syria,…

Polio Making Comeback In Middle East

“[I]t’s clear that polio — which just two years ago was on the verge of eradication, with active cases confined to just three countries — is resurgent, and the news is grim,” Laurie Garrett, a journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in…

Saudi Health Ministry Says No MERS Cases Detected So Far Among Hajj Pilgrims

“Saudi Arabia has so far recorded no cases of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj season, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday,” Reuters reports. “The death toll from the respiratory virus in the kingdom, where the strain emerged last…

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…