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Blog Highlights Progress In Eliminating VL In India

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Working Together to Stop Kala-azar Lance Gordon, director for neglected infectious diseases in the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, discusses progress being made around eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (VL), also known as kala-azar, in India (8/24).

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Politics Will Not Interfere With Health Policy, India’s Health Minister Says

Business Insider: Politics Will Not Come In Way Of Health Policy: Harsh Vardhan “[India's] Health Minister Harsh Vardhan [Thursday] said that politics would not affect the health program and policies of the country. ‘For the health of the nation, the health of government departments needs to be improved. I will…

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Double Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Polio, Study Says

News outlets report on a study’s findings that using two types of polio vaccines could give better protection and speed up efforts to fight polio. Associated Press/The Guardian: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds “For decades, there’s been a tug-of-war between the oral and inactivated polio vaccines over…

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Private Investment Needed To Improve Sanitation In India

Huffington Post: Creating Enterprises to Provide Sanitation Solutions in India John Sauer, head of external relations for international programs at Water For People “It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of the sanitation situation in India. … But there is reason for optimism if you look at the story…

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G20 Countries Account For ‘Lion’s Share’ Of NTDs, Expert Says

The Guardian: Wealthier countries home to ‘lion’s share’ of neglected tropical diseases “The international community needs to stop looking at neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a sub-Saharan African problem and realize that the G20 countries are now home to the ‘lion’s share’ of the dangerous, debilitating, yet low-profile illnesses, a…

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Anti-Polio Campaign Faces Challenges As Conflict Escalates In Afghanistan

Reuters: Amid Afghanistan’s escalating war, a battle to beat polio “Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children…” (Mahr/Harooni, 8/21).

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Despite Anti-Child Marriage Law, India Home To One In Three Child Brides Globally

Inter Press Service: India: Home to One in Three Child Brides “…A recent United Nations report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ found that, despite the existence of a stringent anti-child marriage law, India ranks sixth among countries with the highest prevalence of child marriages across the globe…”…

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Indonesia Hosting Global Health Security Agenda Meeting

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Indonesia Takes a Leadership Position in the Global Health Security Agenda William Hawley, country director for CDC-Indonesia, writes, “… As one of the early countries to take a leadership role in the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda, the Government of Indonesia will welcome senior health and…

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Malaria Consortium Works To Prevent Dengue’s Spread In Asia

The Guardian: Q&A: over two billion people at risk from dengue “…Malaria Consortium has been carrying out a number of projects in Asia to help reduce the burden of dengue. We spoke to Jeffrey Hii, the senior vector control specialist for Malaria Consortium in Asia, to find out more…” (8/20).

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USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch $100M Fund For Disaster Resiliency In Asia, Africa

News outlets report on a new partnership between USAID and the Rockefeller Foundation to help Asia and Africa better cope with disasters and crises. Thomson Reuters Foundation: USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund for Asia, Africa “A $100 million fund launched by two U.S. organizations on Tuesday aims…

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