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Health

Health Commission

After the Congress on Religious Life in 2004, the Unions of Superiors General of men ( USG) and of women Institutes ( UISG) decided to set up study commissions in different areas.  Among these, the Health Commission was established.  It is composed of 10 – 12 members coming from the General Curia of various Institutes. 

After studying the various problems challenging the Consecrated Life, the Commission decided to give priority to the pandemic of HIV-AIDS and appointed a working group to reflect on and identify strategies for action in this area.

Since 2005, the Commission has undertaken several initiatives to establish a network of Institutes that deal with the AIDS problem in education, health and pastoral care. 

It is desired that the Health Commission widen its field of attention to cover other topics which are of interest to Consecrated Life, thus facilitate reflection and sharing of experiences and studies in fields of involvement of the different Religious Institutes. 

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Church on front line against Ebola outbreak, official says

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HEALTH - The Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola infections in history, a Holy See collaborator has explained. “The Catholic Church manages health facilities, and so it will be able to care for Ebola-affected people whenever the structures have the capacity to keep the infected people in isolation,”...

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Sister Chantal Pascaline dies from Ebola virus in Liberia

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LIBERIA - A Catholic humanitarian group based in Spain says a nun from the Congo who was working in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus.The San Juan de Dios hospital order says Saturday that Sister Chantal Pascaline died "from Ebola in the Hospital San Jose de Monrovia, despite the care she received from a volunteer nurse."...

 

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FAO warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic

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ebolaHEALTH - Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species including fruit bats, FAO warned today. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact...

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AIDS 2014: Closing the gap in the fight against HIV infections

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aids imagepreviewHEALTH - Scientists, policy makers, community leaders and people living with the HIV virus are halfway through the International AIDS conference taking place this week in Melbourne, Australia. As the number of new infections and AIDS related deaths drops and more people receive life-saving anti-retroviral drugs, participants are looking particularly at how to close the gap...

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African Jesuit Aids Network to publish theology book on AIDS

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aids teolpreviewHEALTH - Vatican Radio has learnt that the African Jesuit Aids Network (AJAN) is working on a book that will offer a comprehensive theology about AIDS from an African perspective. The book is set to be published next year in 2015 and will be titled, Current Christian perspectives on HIV and AIDS in Africa: theological reflection, public health crises and social transformation.

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Healthy and sustainable food systems are crucial to fight hunger and malnutrition

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greenweekpreviewHEALTH - Creating healthy and sustainable food systems is key to overcome hunger and malnutrition around the globe, said Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General at the Green Week in Berlin today. "Food production has tripled since 1945 and average food availability per person has risen by 40 percent," Semedo...

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