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Local Health Workers, NGOs Face Challenges To Improving Contraception Access In Rural Myanmar

The Guardian: Baby blues: rural Myanmar’s desperate need for family planning services “…About 40 percent of women in Myanmar use contraception, but in Chin State the figure is closer to three percent. … But improving access to family planning services is an uphill battle. Many people believe using contraception defies…

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Indian City Of Hyderabad To Vaccinate 300K Children After Active Polio Strain Detected In Sewage Sample

Associated Press: Indian city on alert as polio strain found in sewage water “A city of nearly seven million people in southern India has declared a ‘high alert’ for polio after an active strain of the virus was found in samples of sewage water, an official said Wednesday…” (Farooq, 6/15).…

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India Authorities Investigating Illegal Human Organ Trade Network

New York Times: India Police Probe Trade in Human Organs “…[Indian] authorities said they uncovered a complex nationwide network that was illegally trading in kidneys. … A 1994 law outlawed organ sales but permitted donations between family members. … The United Nations World Health Organization said that despite the official…

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Pakistan Making Progress Against Polio, Working With Afghanistan To Ensure Children Receive Vaccinations

Humanosphere: Pakistan may have turned a historic corner in the battle against polio Charlie Ensor, a freelance journalist, discusses the progress and challenges of efforts to eliminate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including the nations’ coordination of vaccination efforts (6/10).

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India ‘Has Potential To Make Great Progress’ Toward Global TB Elimination

Huffington Post: TB Elimination: India can Lead the Way Madhukar Pai, associate professor and director of global health programs at McGill University, and Barry R. Bloom, professor and former dean of Harvard School of Public Health “As the Prime Minister of India speaks to the U.S. Congress this week, a…

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India Needs To Take Steps To End HIV Transmission Through Blood Transfusions

BBC News: Viewpoint: Why blood transfusions are still giving Indians HIV Chapal Mehra, public health specialist “A recent news report on HIV transmission through blood transfusion in India has been the cause of much controversy. … We must recognize the two key issues at play here. First, India’s blood safety…

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Thailand First Asian Nation To Eliminate Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission; Belarus, Armenia Also Reach Milestone, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Thailand first in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV: WHO “Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against the disease…” (6/8). Associated Press: Thailand, Belarus, Armenia eliminate mother-child HIV spread “…Cuba became…

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Increase In HIV Among Gay Men In China Raises Concern Among Advocates, Shows Continuing Stigma

GlobalPost/PRI: To keep winning against AIDS, China needs to talk more about gay sex “When it comes to public health, China’s leaders have done at least one thing very well: They’ve beaten back AIDS. Indeed, China’s is one of the most impressive turnarounds in the history of HIV and AIDS…

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India Should Reject Western Influences Urging Modifications To Its Drug Patent Laws

The Hill: Doctors Without Borders to India: Protect the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ Judit Rius Sanjuan, U.S. manager and legal policy adviser for the Access Campaign at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) “…In recent years, MSF has grown increasingly alarmed with the escalating efforts of U.S. industry groups, … which…

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The Guardian Profiles Group Of Women Who Sell Contraceptives In Rural Pakistan

The Guardian: The ‘Avon ladies’ of Pakistan selling contraception door to door “From 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices. … Samina is a worker for the Marginalised Area Reproductive Health Viable Initiative –…

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