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Supporting Women’s Reproductive Health Can Help Build Stronger Economies

World Economic Forum’s “Agenda”: The economic case for contraceptive choice Karl Hoffman, president and CEO of Population Services International, discusses how family planning and women’s health impact economic growth and development (1/23).

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Religious Opposition Continues Against Philippines’ Reproductive Health Law, Efforts To Provide Free Contraception

GroundTruth Project/PRI: Catholic leaders battle against free birth control in the Philippines “…[T]he unmet need for birth control may become a thing of the past as the Philippines begins to roll out free contraception under its new reproductive health law. … The path to free family planning services for the…

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Pakistan Continues To Face Challenges In Polio Eradication Efforts

Wired’s “Superbug”: A New Polio Case in Pakistan and an Unsolved Epidemic In her blog, Maryn McKenna, a journalist and senior fellow of the Schuster Institute at Brandeis University, discusses the challenges of eliminating polio in Pakistan and “the possibility of [the disease] surging back over the rest of the world”…

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MSF Resumes Humanitarian Operations In Myanmar’s Rakhine State After 9-Month Government Ban

Reuters: MSF resumes work in Myanmar state after government ban “An international medical group has resumed work in an area of northwest Myanmar after a nine-month government ban on its presence in one of the poorest parts of the country over allegations of bias. Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland (MSF) said Tuesday…

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Sri Lankan Health Ministry Prioritizes Chronic Kidney Disease With Unknown Cause

Associated Press: Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka “…The [mysterious kidney] disease [in Sri Lanka’s rice-growing region] has killed up to 20,000 people over the past 20 years and sickened another 70,000 to 400,000. … No cases have been detected elsewhere in the country, and research has failed…

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Chinese Health Officials Say Country’s Gender Imbalance ‘Serious,’ Implicating One-Child Policy

Reuters: China says its gender imbalance ‘most serious’ in the world “Chinese health authorities on Wednesday described the gender imbalance among newborns as ‘the most serious and prolonged’ in the world, a direct ramification of the country’s strict one-child policy. The statement will add to growing calls for the government…

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Bureaucratic Delays Keep India’s Vulnerable From Receiving Life-Saving TB Treatment

Wall Street Journal: Inside India: The Deadly Effects of Red Tape Getta Anand, senior writer for the Wall Street Journal based in Mumbai “Red tape and over-regulation can kill. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi fights to loosen bureaucrats’ stifling grip on the economy, he also needs to ease Indians’ access…

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Despite Challenges Facing Health Workers, Pakistan Hopes To Eradicate Polio

BBC News: What must Pakistan do to beat polio? “Pakistan has yet to report a new case of polio in 2015 — but officials are keeping their fingers crossed nonetheless. In recent years the Taliban have banned vaccinations in areas under their control, while scores of health workers or policemen…

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Cambodian Villagers Angry Over Unlicensed Medical Practitioner Who Allegedly Infected More Than 200 With HIV

New York Times: Shock and Anger in Cambodian Village Struck With HIV “…Even in a country inured to hardship and suffering, the [HIV] infection of such a large number of people within a radius of a few miles was shocking. … What the [more than 200] victims appear to have…

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China Reports Increase In New HIV Cases In 2014

Financial Times: China reports sharp rise in HIV cases “China has reported a sharp rise in new cases of HIV infection last year, highlighting increased incidence of the disease among the elderly and young students…” (Waldmeir, 1/16). Xinhua: China reports over 100,000 new HIV/AIDS infections in 2014 “China reported 104,000…

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