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India’s Rural Health Care System Needs Reform, Study Shows

Deutsche Welle: Treating India’s ailing rural health care “Treating diarrhea and pneumonia among children often requires a fairly simple intervention, such as administering life-saving oral rehydration salts. But instead, Indian doctors are often prescribing unnecessary antibiotics or other drugs that may actually worsen illness — according to a recent study…

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National Geographic Examines Polio’s Resurgence In Pakistan Since 2011 Killing Of Bin Laden

National Geographic: How the bin Laden Raid Put Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan “When Navy SEALs raided a high-walled compound in Pakistan in May 2011 and killed the world’s most wanted terrorist, another long-standing source of terror also was facing elimination: polio. … But the killing of al Qaeda…

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India Should Focus On Environmental Sustainability, Greener Growth, Sanitation To Solve Air Pollution Crisis

Foreign Policy: Harder to Breathe Ira Triveldi, Indian novelist, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and speaker “…Air pollution is an urgent public health crisis. More people in India die of chronic respiratory diseases and asthma than in any other nation in the world. … India’s environmental crisis is not just endangering human…

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Collaboration, Focus On Behavior Change Keys To Achieving India’s Open Defecation Free Target

Inter Press Service: Analysis: Collaboration Key for a Clean India Neerak Jain, chief executive for WaterAid India “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to action for a 100 percent Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2019 was announced as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) or Clean India Campaign last…

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Data Collection Essential To Creating Nutrition Programs, Evaluating Progress In India

Livemint: Advances in nutrition: myth or reality? Purnima Menon and Lawrence Haddad, senior research fellows at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…State-level trend data is essential to build data-driven nutrition strategies for individual states. … Overall, we believe good news [on nutrition in India] exists, and that progress against…

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Eliminating Polio In Pakistan Requires Will Of Government, Religious Leaders, General Population

Huffington Post: Abolishing Polio’s Hold on Pakistan Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, health activist for Pakistan “…In order to achieve a polio-free Pakistan we must have the will from the people, government, and religious scholars. We need support from the government that they will keep our health workers safe and will fully…

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Air Pollution Slows Economic, Agricultural Growth, Cuts Lifespans In India, Study Says

New York Times: Polluted Air Cuts Years Off Lives of Millions in India, Study Finds “More than half of India’s population lives in places with such polluted air that each person loses an average of 3.2 years in life expectancy, according to a recent study by researchers from the University…

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Infrastructure Improvements, Agricultural Research Would Help Lower Food Waste, Study Shows

Wall Street Journal: Better Infrastructure Would Cut Food Waste “…Reducing post-harvest waste by just 10 percentage points could lower food prices and prevent 60 million people from going hungry, [a recent study by the Copenhagen Consensus Center] says. That means building more reliable infrastructure so food gets to markets and…

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India’s Government Must Address Country’s Air Pollution Problem

New York Times: Cutting Through India’s Smog Editorial Board “Proof of the grave air pollution problem confronting India is seen not just in the suffocating smog that on many days crowds out the sun in New Delhi, the world’s most polluted city. It can be measured as well in the…

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Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria More Widespread In Asia Than Previously Thought, Research Shows

News outlets discuss a study and commentary regarding the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Asia published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria parasite spreading “Parasites resistant to the frontline malaria drug have spread westward from southeast Asia to just short of the Indian border — a gateway…

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