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USAID Efforts Help Mitigate Typhoon Haiyan’s Impact On Philippines, Strengthen Country’s Resilience

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: One Year Later — the Road to Resilience After Typhoon Haiyan Nancy Lindborg, USAID assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, discusses the continued effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, as well as U.S. efforts to help mitigate its impact and enhance the…

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Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Clean, Safe Toilets In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The Spirit of Swachh Bharat: Safe Sanitation for Women and Girls Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the lack of clean and safe toilets in India, the impact on women and girls, and a citizen movement…

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Billions Lack Clean Drinking Water, Sanitation; Funding Gaps Hamper WASH Progress, U.N. Says

News outlets report on the findings of a U.N. report, released on World Toilet Day, showing nearly two billion people use water contaminated by feces and funding gaps are hampering the progress toward access to clean water and sanitation. Bloomberg News: 10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of…

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Experts, Activists Call For Stricter Regulation Of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry After Sterilization Deaths

Financial Times: Sterilization tragedy highlights India’s bad-drug crisis “…While final forensic results are still awaited, Indian drug industry executives and health activists say the questions over the medicine distributed at the sterilization camp [where 13 women died last week] highlights the urgent need for tougher regulation of India’s domestic pharmaceutical…

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Complications From Preterm Births Leading Cause Of Death Among Children Under Five, Study Shows

News outlets report on a recent study showing complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of mortality among young children worldwide. The Guardian: Complications from preterm births now the main killer of under-fives “Complications associated with preterm births have become the leading single killer of children under five, outpacing…

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Liberian Ebola Case Numbers Show Slight Decline, But WHO Warns Country Must Be Vigilant; Chinese Medics Arrive To Boost Response

News outlets report on continued efforts to contain Ebola in Liberia. Agence France-Presse: Liberians rejoice but Ebola still a threat, says WHO (Dosso, 11/14). Reuters: Liberia sets national target of no new Ebola cases by December 25 (Toweh, 11/16). U.N. News Centre: Amid signs of new Ebola cases, U.N. health…

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Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…

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Vaccine-Derived Polio Detected In 2 African Nations; Wild Type 3 Polio Possibly Eradicated, CDC Reports

Media sources report on cases of vaccine-derived polio detected in two African nations, the possible eradication of wild poliovirus type 3, and a WHO report on a recent polio meeting. Agence France-Presse: Polio cases confirmed in South Sudan, Madagascar: WHO “The World Health Organization said Friday it had confirmed unrelated…

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Wall Street Journal Reports On Record Dengue Outbreaks Across Asia

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Fever Outbreaks Strike Asia “Though much of the world is focused on the Ebola virus, pockets of Asia are struggling with record outbreaks of a mosquito-borne infectious disease called dengue fever, which has no specific drug treatment…” (Wang, 11/14).

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Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Deaths Of Women In Indian Sterilization Program, Access To Family Planning

Financial Times: India should empower, not sterilize, women Editorial Board “…The [sterilization] tragedy … goes far beyond a one-off mistake. It stems from an endemic failure in India to adequately address the issue of women’s empowerment, particularly when it comes to sexual relations and child-rearing. … India’s addiction to sterilization…

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