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India’s MoH Deploys Experts To Study Increase In H1N1 Cases, Asks State Governments To Examine Mortality Patterns

New York Times: India Deploys Expert Teams to Study Rise in Flu Cases “Indian officials this week scrambled to cope with a rise in cases of the flu, which they say has sickened thousands of people and caused the deaths of 700 since the beginning of January. The Health Ministry…

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Eastern Myanmar Sees Improvements In Health Care After Signing Of Cease-Fire Agreements, Working Group Says

VOA News: Progress Seen in Building a Health Care System in Rural Myanmar “Doctors have long struggled to reach patients in rural Myanmar, where ethnic insurgencies and political repression have made building a reliable health care system virtually impossible. But community health teams in eastern states, near the Thai border,…

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Sex Discriminatory Laws Still Prevalent In Many Countries, Violating International Conventions, Declarations, Report Shows

Inter Press Service: Sexist Laws Still Thrive Worldwide “A rash of sex discriminatory laws — including the legalization of polygamy, marital rape, abduction, and the justification of violence against women — remains in statute books around the world. In a new report … the New York-based Equality Now has identified…

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Indian Campaign Aims To Eliminate Elephantiasis

Huffington Post: Historic Health Push Aims To Wipe Out Elephantiasis, Disease That Causes Intense Social Stigma And Pain “…India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently unveiled its mission to launch the largest mass drug administration in history to eliminate elephantiasis, a condition that leads to inescapable social stigma in…

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Polio Vaccination Teams Attacked In Pakistan; At Least 5 Dead

Associated Press: In Pakistan, vaccinating children has become a deadly battle “…Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers, and suspicions lingered about the inoculations…” (Santana, 2/18). International Business Times: Pakistan Polio Update: Vaccination Team Attacked In Khyber Agency;…

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India Sees Rise In Swine Flu Cases, Deaths; Hospitals Running Out Of Protective Masks As Disease Spreads

Reuters: India sees rapid rise in swine flu deaths and cases “India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus…” (Kalra, 2/13). TIME: 100 Indians Have Died…

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Malaria In Asia-Pacific Can Be Eliminated By 2030 With Enough Political Will, Funding, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Can Asia-Pacific region get rid of malaria by 2030? “An ambitious goal — to eliminate malaria from the Asia-Pacific region by 2030 — faces formidable hurdles but is achievable if enough political will and funding are available to fight the mosquito-borne disease, health experts say…” (Zweynert, 2/13).

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Blog Post Examines Food Security In North Korea

Council on Foreign Relation’s “Asia Unbound”: North Korea’s Food Situation: Stable and Improving Scott A. Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, examines the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s recent assessment of food security in North Korea (2/17).

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India’s National HIV/AIDS Program Faces Drug, Supply Stock Outs, Activists Say

Wall Street Journal: Activists Claim India’s Free HIV/AIDS Program Is In ‘Shambles’ “India has run out of critical supplies under its state-run HIV/AIDS program, activists say, leaving tens of thousands of infected patients without access to life-saving drugs…” (Rana, 2/12).

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Rapidly Rising NCD Rates Threaten Development Gains In Pacific Islands, Health Ministers Say

Inter Press Service: Diabetes Epidemic Threatens Development Gains in Pacific Islands “The rapid rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific Islands, which now cause 75 percent of all deaths, is one of the greatest impediments to post-2015 development, health ministers in the region claim…” (Wilson, 2/11).

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