In 2002, only 50,000 people living with with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa had access to anti-retroviral drugs. President George W. Bush sought to address the millions of people affected by the disease with his PEPFAR program and US participation in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2002-2003. Today, over 12.9 million people now have access to ARVs worldwide, restoring health and life not only for individuals but also for families and communities.
While we may be winning the war on global AIDS, we still have much work to do in order to make comparable progress in improving the health of children and mothers.
Over 6.9 million children died last year in the developing world from preventable, treatable disease. Forty percent of those were newborns in their first month of life. Many of these children died of pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. And their deaths could easily have been averted with simple interventions like vaccines, oral rehydration, and bed nets. more >>
A Polish doctor who refused a woman's request for an abortion procedure because of a "conflict of conscience" with his Roman Catholic beliefs has been fired from the hospital he works at.
The case, which sparked a nationwide abortion debate and prompted Prime Minister Donald Tusk to tell Warsaw obstetrician Bogdan Chazan that he must choose the law over his faith, began in April when the doctor refused a pregnant woman an abortion at Warsaw's Holy Family Hospital.
The woman had came to Chazan to ask for an abortion because her own physician had diagnosed her unborn child with grave health problems, Reuters reported. The obstetrician, however, told the woman that he could not agree to such an abortion in his hospital, and referred the woman to a hospice where the child could get palliative care once born. more >>
Tuning into coverage of last week's Hobby Lobby HHS Mandate Supreme Court decision would have generated countless photos and videos of young women cheering the Court's decision that gave Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies the right to refuse to purchase life-ending drugs that they held were morally reprehensible.
Again, the people cheering the decision at the front of the Court were women - young women. I was among them. My face was plastered on newspapers across the country because I was thrilled, as a woman, wife, mother, and member of the Millennial generation, to say that I agree that religious freedom is so inherent in our nation that no bossy bureaucrats should be able to tell me that giving me free birth control makes me equal to men and brings my healthcare decisions out of the dark ages.
Women, especially those in my generation who are graduating college at higher rates than their male counterparts, are smarter than that. How dare the government tell me that my fertility is a disease and should be part of "preventative" medicine? How dare they infer that I demand free birth control and access to abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization regardless of what my employer, who is generous enough to provide health insurance, may believe? more >>
The American Atheists group announced that the world's first all-atheist TV channel will launch on July 29 through streaming service Roku, promising "superstition-free programming" for adults and children.
"The launch of Atheist TV is history in the making," American Atheists President David Silverman said in a press release on Wednesday.
"There are hundreds of TV channels dedicated to religious programming, but nothing like this has ever existed before for atheists, and yet the demand is overwhelming. For the first time, atheist video content—from firebrand speeches, to stand-up comedy, to documentaries, to real science-based educational programming, and more—is now available to atheists worldwide, on the air and all in one place. Atheist TV brings consistent, quality, superstition-free programming for children and adults, on the air and on-demand, right from your regular television. This is an idea whose time has come and we're celebrating." more >>
In a sense, we're all on death row. Death is on my mind because of the recent death of my much-missed older brother, Doug. I am so grateful he died as a Christian. To die in Christ is gain.
In our culture, we do just about everything we can to push death away from our thoughts. Often we don't even use the words. We'll say things like, "He passed away" or just "he passed." But these are just euphemisms for "he died."
There is an interesting contrast between the Puritans and us, when it comes to sex and death. Sex was all hush-hush, while death was front and center. more >>
A war memorial in a North Carolina city that includes a Christian flag and the image of a soldier kneeling before a cross has been brought to court.
U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty ruled Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence for a lawsuit against the city of King's war memorial to go to trial.
"As the court has determined that there are genuine disputes of material fact relating to what the cross statue purports to depict, and as a result, a dispute remains regarding the history of the Latin cross that is part of the cross statue, the court finds that those issues should proceed to trial," wrote Beaty. more >>