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12 Nations Formally Sign TPP; Questions Remain Over U.S. Ratification

Financial Times: As Pacific trade deal is signed pharma holds key to U.S. ratification “U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to get a vast Pacific Rim trade deal through Congress this year is taking flak from the presidential campaign trail, where disdain for the pact appears to be one of the…

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WHO Establishes Zika Response Unit, Warns Africa, Asia Of Outbreak’s Possible Spread

Agence France-Presse: World health officials mobilize on Zika threat “World health officials mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas Tuesday as fears grow that the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies, could spread globally and threaten the Summer Olympics…” (Smith, 2/2). BBC News:…

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Increased Urbanization, Travel Exacerbates Dengue Outbreaks In Cities, Necessitating Prevention Innovations

Smithsonian.com: The World’s Megacities Are Making Dengue Deadlier “…The influx of people, increased construction, and ongoing travel of humans and mosquitoes around the world have led to a 30-fold rise in urban dengue outbreaks between 1960 and 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Fighting this problem will mean combining…

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U.S. Efforts In Post-Earthquake Nepal Focus On Resilience

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: In Nepal, Bouncing Back From the Earthquake In an article originally published in USAID’s November/December 2015 issue of FrontLines, Stuti Basnyet, senior development outreach and communication specialist at the USAID mission in Nepal, and Bibek Bhandari, freelance journalist, discuss the threat and impact of earthquakes…

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Countries Worldwide Raise Alarms Over Zika Virus

Agence France-Presse: Thailand confirms first domestic case of Zika virus “…Authorities said the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia…” (2/2). Agence France-Presse: Honduras declares national emergency over Zika virus “Honduras has…

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International Partners Must Accelerate Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Newborn, Child Deaths

Bangkok Post: Upholding the rights of newborns Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO Southeast Asia “…WHO has been prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in the Southeast Asia Region. … Accelerating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health would require governments to ensure sufficient, sustainable, and…

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Indian Physicians, Police Begin Campaign Targeting Illegal Sex-Selective Abortions Near Capital City

Wall Street Journal: India Targets Illicit Sex-Selective Abortions “…Public health and law enforcement authorities say Mr. Kaushik’s ramshackle clinic and others like it are part of a vast, illicit underground industry aimed at preventing the birth of female children, which has helped give India one of the most-skewed sex ratios…

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U.N. SG Ban Announces $100M From Emergency Fund To Respond To Humanitarian Situations In 9 Countries

U.N. News Centre: U.N. allocates $100 million in emergency funds to assist vulnerable people in nine neglected crises “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Friday] released $100 million from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in nine neglected emergencies. The funds will enable life-saving help…

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Cambodian Officials Discuss Funding Of New 5-Year Malaria Elimination Campaign

Phnom Penh Post: Next step in malaria strategy: paying for it “Following Wednesday’s announcement of an ambitious new five-year plan to eliminate malaria in Cambodia, National Centre for Malaria (CNM) officials and donors met again [Thursday], this time to discuss patching up a $22.8 million budget gap to fund the…

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International Conference On Family Planning Concludes In Indonesia

Global Health NOW: ICFP Closes with Renewed Energy and Hope “Officially, the fourth International Conference on Family Planning concluded Thursday, ending one of the largest gatherings in ICFP history. But really, the conversations and commitments it inspired have just begun. As more than 3,000 attendees from 70-plus counties head home…

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