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Chinese Locals Sign Petition To Expel 8-Year-Old HIV-Positive Boy From Village, Highlighting Stigma

Agence France-Presse: Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy “The plight of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching Thursday in a country where discrimination against sufferers remains rife…” (Connor, 12/18). CNN: Chinese villagers sign…

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Myanmar’s Malaria Successes Highlight Need For Collaboration, Trust Building Among National, Local Governments, Other Partners

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Fight against malaria unites old foes in Myanmar “…The need to collaborate is even more pressing now as progress in fighting malaria is threatened by parasite resistance to drugs used to treat the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. … Aung Kyaw Htwe, the government’s health director…

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Cambodians Infected With HIV In Remote Village Likely Caused By Contaminated Needles

Agence France-Presse: Cambodia village reports mass HIV/AIDS infection “Cambodian health authorities on Tuesday said more than 80 people — including children and the elderly — who tested positive for HIV/AIDS in a single remote village may have been infected by contaminated needles…” (12/16). Radio Free Asia: More Than 80 Cambodian…

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Threatens Progress Against Disease In Myanmar, World

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Drug-resistant malaria: the world’s next big health crisis? “…Experts say Myanmar, which has the largest malaria burden in the region, is the next frontier in the spread of resistance to artemisinin. … If the problem spreads beyond the region, history would repeat itself for a third time,…

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Discovery Of Antibodies Effective Against All Dengue Strains Holds Vaccine Promise, Study Says

Bloomberg News: Mosquito-Borne Dengue Targeted by Antibody With Hope for Vaccine “Scientists have discovered new antibodies that neutralize viruses that cause dengue, potentially putting a universal vaccine within reach for a mosquito-borne illness that strikes an estimated 400 million people a year. The antibodies are effective against all four dengue…

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SE Asian Militaries Play Important Role In Malaria Control But Also Act As Transmission Reservoirs, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Military forces play a dual role in malaria control “Military organizations of South-East Asian countries can help in the fight against malaria, a new study reports, but they are also ‘under-recognized’ transmission reservoirs of malaria infections…” (Ives, 12/14).

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India Implements Price Controls For 52 Additional Essential Drugs, Bringing Total To Nearly 400

Reuters: India extends price caps to 52 more essential drugs “…The additional drugs, including painkillers and antibiotics, join a list of nearly 400 essential treatments under price control in India, where a majority of people live on less than $2 a day and health insurance is scarce…” (Siddiqui, 12/12).

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Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccinator In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: Pakistan: Polio vaccinator killed in Faisalabad “Gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s Punjab province just a day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for attacking two policemen assigned to protect an immunization team in the country’s northwest…” (Shams, 12/9). New York Times: Anti-Polio Worker Slain in Pakistan…

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Communities In Eastern Europe, Central Asia Warn Against Cuts To HIV, TB Funding

Inter Press Service: Marginalized Communities Warn of AIDS/TB “Tragedy” in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…The EECA is home to the world’s only growing HIV/AIDS epidemic and is the single most-affected region by the spread of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). For years, HIV/AIDS and TB programs in many of its…

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Significant Global Gains Made Against Malaria, But Ebola Threatens Progress In West Africa, WHO Report Says

News outlets discuss the WHO’s World Malaria Report 2014, which was released on Tuesday. BBC News: Halving of malaria deaths ‘tremendous achievement’ “Global efforts have halved the number of people dying from malaria — a tremendous achievement, the World Health Organization says. It says between 2001 and 2013, 4.3 million…

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