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U.S. Issues Travel Advisory For SE Asia As Thailand Reports First Cases Of Zika-Linked Microcephaly; U.S. Health Official Says Zika-Related Birth Defects Likely Will Be Higher Than Anticipated

Agence France-Presse: First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly “Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect…” (9/30). Associated Press: Thailand…

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Delhi Faces Annual Outbreaks Of Dengue, Chikungunya During Monsoon Season

Associated Press: In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya “…The cycle of illness and packed hospital ‘fever clinics’ plays out every year as monsoon rains fill puddles and open drains in the teeming city, creating swarms of mosquitoes that thrive in the warm, damp weather. Some years it’s mainly…

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HIV Infection Rate Among Young, Gay Men In Southeastern China Growing Rapidly, Report Shows

Wall Street Journal: China Grapples With HIV Cases Among Gay Men, but Stigma Runs Deep “A health report from a southeastern corner of China has brought a disturbing truth into the open: HIV infections are growing rapidly among young, gay Chinese men. The trend is worrying health authorities — and…

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Philippines Reports First Case Of Zika In Pregnant Woman; Thailand Investigates 4 Cases Of Alleged Zika-Related Microcephaly

Agence France-Presse: Philippines reports first Zika pregnancy case “The Philippines on Monday reported its first known case of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus that threatens unborn babies, as authorities warned people to avoid mosquitoes. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said 12 cases of Zika had been detected across…

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Non-Profit Organization Working With Myanmar Government To Draft Law Preventing Violence Against Women, Criminalizing Marital Rape

The Guardian: ‘My father punched me and tore at my clothes’: confronting rape in Myanmar “…In 2014, the Gender Equality Network, an umbrella organization for more than 100 Burmese NGOs and civil society groups including Legal Clinic Myanmar, found that almost half of women surveyed had experienced either non-partner rape,…

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Event Highlights Challenges To Polio Eradication, Especially In Conflict Settings

Humanosphere: Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses an event that took place Tuesday in New York highlighting challenges to polio eradication, especially in conflict settings. She includes comments made at the event from CDC Director Thomas Frieden and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (9/22).

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Indonesia Begins New Campaign To End FGM, Despite Religious Leaders’ Opposition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Indonesia launches new campaign to end female genital mutilation: minister “Indonesia is embarking on a renewed campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), according to its women’s minister Yohana Yembise, despite opposition from religious leaders who have stymied past efforts to combat a practice that is common.…

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Philippines President Duterte’s Crackdown On Illegal Drug Use Hampering HIV Prevention Efforts

Deutsche Welle: Philippines’ war on drugs affecting fight against HIV “President Duterte has said that his government may need to extend its bloody anti-drug campaign for six more months. But the crackdown could be harming HIV interventions for injecting drug users…” (Santos, 9/19).

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Some Experts Fear Return Of High TB Levels In Cambodia Because Of Reductions In International Aid

Al Jazeera: Cambodia: Funding the fight against tuberculosis “…[Y]ears of effort have resulted in the number of people dying from [tuberculosis] dropping by 67 percent in Cambodia, Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay, reporting from Phnom Penh, said. … Thanks to money from aid groups, including the Global Fund, and other donors,…

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India’s Supreme Court Orders Government To Ban ‘Sterilization Camps’ Following Deaths Of 363 Women Between 2010-2013

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Indian activists welcome top court ban on ‘sterilization camps’ after women’s deaths “Women’s health activists on Friday cheered a ruling by India’s top court ordering the government to shut down ‘sterilization camps’ within three years following the deaths of hundreds of largely poor rural women across the…

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