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Sri Lanka Overcame Setbacks To Be Declared Malaria-Free

New York Times: ‘Big Success Story’: Sri Lanka Is Declared Free of Malaria “After a long struggle, Sri Lanka, the large island nation southeast of India, was declared free of malaria last week by the World Health Organization. It has been more than three years since the last case. ……

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Sri Lanka’s Success In Becoming Malaria-Free Raises Hope Other Countries Could Follow Suit

The Guardian: Dozens of countries poised to drive out malaria by 2020 “Hopes of eliminating malaria from more than 30 countries with a total population of two billion have risen following the successful removal of the disease from Sri Lanka. Public health officials said 13 countries … had reported no…

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People Living In Southeast Asia May Have Natural Immunity To Zika, Studies Suggest

NPR: Does Asia Have A Secret Weapon Against Zika? “…[S]tudies suggest Zika has been lurking in Asian mosquitoes and possibly infecting people silently, for decades — maybe longer. And that means people in the region may already be immune to Zika…” (Doucleff, 9/9).

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Southeast Asian Nations Agree To Establish Global Health Emergencies Response Fund, WHO Announces

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Asian nations plan fund to better prepare for health emergencies, says WHO “Eleven countries in South and East Asia on Friday agreed to establish an emergency fund to strengthen their health services to better respond to outbreaks of diseases, including emerging viruses such as Zika, the World…

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Some Trained Medical Professionals Provide Safe But Illegal Abortion In Myanmar

PRI: Providing safe illegal abortions in Myanmar is a ‘karmic balance,’ says one doctor “…[S]tudies suggest an estimated 250,000 Burmese women get illegal abortions each year. It’s a leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar. While contraceptives are available, they can be difficult to obtain, particularly for poor women and…

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WHO Urges Greater Focus On Health Needs Of Migrant Populations In Southeast Asia

U.N. News Centre: As migration continues to accelerate in Southeast Asia, U.N. health agency calls for a focus on migrants’ health “Noting greater vulnerability of the health of migrant populations, including heightened risks of infectious diseases, malnutrition, substance abuse, and maternal and neonatal mortality, the United Nations health agency has…

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WHO Calls For Coordinated, Multi-Sectoral Approach To Address Malnutrition In Southeast Asia

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency calls for multi-sectoral approach to deal with ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Southeast Asia “While announcing a strategic action plan to deal with the issue, the United Nations health agency [Wednesday] called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which…

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Sri Lanka’s Efforts To Eliminate Malaria Could Be Model For Other Asian Nations

CNN: Can Sri Lanka show the world how to to end malaria? “…Sri Lanka’s status of ridding itself of [malaria] was against the odds according to some experts, due to the country having had high burdens of the disease, its status as a low to middle-income country, regular movement of…

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Human Rights Groups Criticize Nepal’s Government For Lack Of Efforts To End Child Marriage

Associated Press: Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages “Traditional practices, poverty, last year’s massive earthquake, and Nepal’s ongoing political instability mean child marriages remain a serious problem in the country, where 10 percent of the girls marry before they are 15, even though the government says it is making…

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India Begins ‘Aggressive’ Campaign To ‘Shame’ People Into Using Toilets, Washington Post Reports

Washington Post: India’s government is now shaming people into using toilets “India’s government has been on a public toilet building boom. Now, it’s trying to shame people into using them. An aggressive new campaign has now begun ridiculing those who are no longer poor but continue to defecate in the…

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