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Lancet Study Examines Childbirth Practices, Outcomes In Asian Countries A Lancet study examines childbirth practices and the relationship between these practices and maternal and perinatal outcomes in nine Asian countries, as assessed by a WHO global survey. Based on the analysis of over 107,000 deliveries, the authors conclude, “To improve maternal…

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Additional 4M People In Asia Could Fall To ‘Extreme Poverty’ Level This Year, Report Says

While approximately 17 million Asians fell into “extreme poverty” due to the global economic situation in 2009, another four million in the region “could this year slip into the same situation due to the effects of the slump,” according to a report released by representatives from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) in Manlia on Wednesday, Agence-France Presse reports.

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Also In Global Health News: Ebola In Congo; Asia Pacific Food Security Meeting; Niger Food Emergency; Kenya’s Infrastructure Scale-Up; Zambian Bicycle Ambulances

Congo Launched Epidemiological Investigation After Authorities Identify 5 Suspected Cases Of Ebola Congo authorities have launched epidemiological investigations and infection control measures after five men were suspected of having Ebola but tested negative, Agence-France Press reports. “We have taken response measures as if it were Ebola fever because it is not…

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FAO Launches Initiative To Curb Animal Diseases

In an effort to prevent and control outbreaks of animal diseases and the associated costs, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday announced a new five-year initiative “to improve global response to disease outbreaks, implement effective prevention and containment strategies and manage risks,” PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (7/28).

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AIDS 2010 Studies, Releases: Criminalization, Discrimination Of High-Risk Groups; Test-And-Treat; UNAIDS Launches HIV Prevention Commission

The criminalization of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia is holding back efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in the region, according to a report presented Wednesday by the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) and Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, VOA News reports. The report “linked the criminalization of homosexual behavior to an increase in the infection rate of HIV and AIDS in Asia,” the news service writes (Dewan, 7/21).

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AIDS 2010: Halving HIV/TB Co-infection Deaths; Financial Transaction Tax Discussed, And More

UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership joined together on Thursday at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, with the goal of preventing 200,000 deaths annually from HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, Agence France-Presse reports. TB is the number one killer of people living with HIV/AIDS (Ingham, 7/22).

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WHO Expert: Faster MDR-TB Test Should Be Made Available To Vulnerable Populations

A new diagnostic tool that shortens the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from eight weeks to two hours should be made available to vulnerable populations according to a WHO expert, Reuters reports.

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Asian Development Bank, U.N. Call On Asia-Pacific Countries To Increase Investments In Agriculture To Ensure Food Security

Countries in Asia and the Pacific should increase investment in agriculture by $120 billion annually through 2050 to address hunger and prevent major food price increases, U.N. and Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials said Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.

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Also In Global Health News: Kyrgystan Appeals For Aid; TB In Western Pacific; Pakistan Water Crisis; Zimbabwe Medical Fees; Measuring TB

Kyrgystan Asks For $1.2B In Aid To Rebuild Country “Kyrgyzstan’s government appealed to an international donors conference Tuesday for $1.2 billion in aid to rebuild the country after months of political and ethnic violence,” the Associated Press reports. The conflict “ravaged major markets and businesses, depriving the south of important sources…

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At FAO Special Meeting, Delegates Recommend Addressing Root Causes Of Food Price Escalation

“Delegates at a special U.N. meeting about high food prices Friday blamed the hikes on speculation, futures markets and national responses to crop failure,” the Associated Press/Moscow Times reports (9/27).

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