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WHO Steps Up Efforts To Reach Rural Areas In Nepal After Earthquake; U.N., Partners Focus On WASH, Food Security

International Business Times: Nepal Earthquake: In Tent Cities, Water Shortages, Open Toilets Add To Fears Of Looming Health Disaster “…In the thousands of tent communities that have bloomed across Nepal’s earthquake-hit areas since Saturday, residents whose homes were destroyed often have no choice but to use parts of the encampments…

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With Only 25 Reported Polio Cases This Year, Experts Tout Progress Against Paralytic Disease

Reuters: Polio eradicators hail historic progress, aim to ‘finish the job’ “The world is closer than ever to being able to wipe out polio, international experts said on Thursday, with zero cases of the crippling disease recorded across all of Africa this year and fewer than 25 globally. Polio eradication…

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India Aims To Eliminate Visceral Leishmaniasis By End 2015

The Lancet: India makes good progress in combating kala-azar “…Transmitted by the bite of a sandfly, visceral leishmaniasis, also know as kala-azar, is a neglected tropical disease that affects the poorest of the poor and if left untreated will ultimately be fatal. India has 50 percent of the world’s cases…

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New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses efforts to prevent and treat malaria worldwide (5/1).

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U.N., Partners Launch $415M Appeal For Nepal Earthquake Aid; Thousands In Need Of Food, Water As Help Begins Reaching Remote Areas

International Business Times: Nepal Earthquake 2015: Relief Workers Aim To Stave Off Cholera, Other Diseases, Amid Camps And Poor Sanitation “…As rescuers in the country focus their efforts on pressing needs like food and water, and medical emergencies like crushed bones, they are also trying to stave off another potential…

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Chinese Women In Final Stages Of Pregnancy During Low Air Pollution Period Had Heavier Infants, Study Shows

Associated Press: Chinese babies born during pollution-light Olympics heavier “Women in the Chinese capital in the final stage of pregnancy during the 2008 Beijing Olympics — when officials strictly controlled air pollution — gave birth to heavier babies than in years when the city was smoggier, a study said Wednesday…”…

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Blog Posts Discuss Humanitarian Response Following Earthquake In Nepal

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Our Response to the Earthquake in Nepal Amanda Lanzarone, associate program officer on the emergency response team in the foundation’s global development program, discusses the foundation’s announcement of two grants totaling $1 million to Oxfam America and Lutheran World Relief for humanitarian relief…

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Aid Agencies In Earthquake-Hit Nepal Struggle To Reach Remote Areas As Concerns Over Disease Outbreaks Rise

Deutsche Welle: Aid trickles into Nepal to deal with quake disaster “Recovery efforts resumed on Wednesday, five days after the Himalayan country’s worst tremor in decades destroyed whole towns and claimed thousands of lives, plunging the nation into a state of emergency. ‘The government is doing all it can for…

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Drug-Resistant Malaria, Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes Threaten Progress To Eliminate Disease

Devex: No ‘plan C’ drugs available, malaria progress threatened “Although a scale up of effective interventions has led to a reduction in global malaria mortality rates by nearly half since 2000, a number of challenges pose a serious threat to gains made. One of the most concerning is growing resistance…

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India, Gavi Discussing Alliance’s Withdrawal From Country Over Next 5 Years

LiveMint: Gavi to withdraw funding to India “In a move that could potentially undermine India’s immunization program, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) plans to withdraw funding to the country. … Gavi is now in talks with the government to decide the course of action for the next…

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