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WFP Cuts Food Rations For Up To 1M Afghans Due To Lack Of Funding

Reuters: U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding “Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Programme to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds…

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Investigational Rotavirus Vaccine In Late-Stage Clinical Trials

Reuters: Sanofi’s Rotavirus vaccine enters late-stage trials “French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday an investigational vaccine designed by its Shantha Biotechnics unit to protect young children from severe diarrhea had entered late-stage clinical trials in India. The vaccine is aimed at rotavirus infections which cause gastroenteritis…” (Callus, 10/14).

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Polio Risk Growing In Pakistan, Conflict Zones In Middle East

News outlets report on the growing risk of polio in Pakistan and conflict zones in the Middle East. Deutsche Welle: Conflict and polio “Polio is on the rise in countries at conflict, such as Syria and Iraq. The disease was eradicated there 14 years ago. But regional conflict and a…

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International Entities Helping To Prevent HIV Drug Shortage In India

Reuters: Pharmaceutical companies, WHO help India in HIV/AIDS drug crisis “Indian companies and global health groups are stepping up efforts to provide a critical medicine for the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs program after more than 150,000 patients risked going without their dosages this month. Delayed tender approvals and poor coordination…

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West Cannot Ignore TB Crisis In Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Huffington Post: Tuberculosis: A Crisis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia That the West Cannot Ignore Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…The World Health Organization’s Euro Bureau reports that fifteen countries in [Eastern Europe and Central Asia] are among the…

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Countries Worldwide Step Up Efforts To Prevent, Prepare For Ebola Within Their Own Borders

News outlets report on efforts in countries worldwide to prevent the importation of Ebola and prepare for cases within their borders. Agence France-Presse: Nations step up measures to stem worsening Ebola outbreak (Perry, 10/12). Agence France-Presse: Britain feels ready after Ebola outbreak test (10/11). Devex: Is Asia-Pacific ready for Ebola?…

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Tackling TB In India Requires Both Public, Private Sector Engagement

The Hindu: Fighting India’s silent epidemic Soumya Swaminathan, director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, and Chapal Mehra, New Delhi-based writer “Over 60 percent of all Indians seek health care in the private sector, according to India’s last National Family Health Survey. … Even though parallel…

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Bangladesh Serves As Model For Reducing Maternal Mortality

The Lancet: Challenges of achieving and tracking MDG 5 Saifuddin Ahmed of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health “…No woman should die from pregnancy complications. That women still die from preventable and treatable maternal causes is our egregious failure. Bangladesh has set an example of a country that…

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China Steps Up Contributions In Ebola Response

Financial Times: China steps up support for fight against Ebola “China is stepping up its contributions to the fight against Ebola, seen as a test of its diplomacy in Africa given growing trade and investment as well as historic pledges of friendship. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged $6m…

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Eliminating Malaria In Asia Requires Political, Therapeutic Breakthroughs

The Nation: Killer on the loose again as malaria menaces Asia Patricia Moser, lead health specialist at the Asian Development Bank, and Ben Rolfe, deputy executive secretary at the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance “…[A]dvances [in malaria treatment and prevention in Asia] are now threatened by a worrying re-emergence of…

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