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TB Described As ‘National Emergency’ In PNG Due To Poor Access To Health Care, Rising Multidrug-Resistant Cases

Al Jazeera America: Taming one of world’s oldest diseases in fast-growing Papua New Guinea “…Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Pacific region, where 60 percent of new cases originate, according to the World Health Organization. The epidemic there is being described as a national emergency.…

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Coordinated Efforts, Political Will Help MSF Successfully Treat More Than 13K For Kala-Azar In India’s Bihar State

Devex: In India, a concerted push to eliminate kala-azar “After treating more than 13,000 people afflicted with kala-azar, Médecins Sans Frontières looks toward closing shop by the end of August and passing the ropes to the government of Bihar, India’s poorest state. … [W]hile India has 50 percent of the…

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FP Examines Nepal’s National Program To Increase Institutional Deliveries, Access To Misoprostol

Foreign Policy: Nepal’s Renegade Strategy to Save Mothers “…When Nepal launched its own pilot misoprostol program in 2005, home births accounted for more than 80 percent of all deliveries. … When the program started, fewer than 18 percent of births were institutional deliveries. Now, a decade on, an estimated 55…

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Debate Over Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trade Promotion Authority Continues In U.S. Senate, Japan

Bloomberg: Food Fear Lands Japan in Court Over U.S. Trade Deal Talks “A former Japanese agriculture minister is suing the government over a U.S.-led Pacific trade agreement supported by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, claiming it threatens Japan’s food security and farm industry. Masahiko Yamada, 73, a lawyer and minister in…

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China, U.S. Discuss Ways To Address Emerging Infectious Diseases

Xinhua News: China, U.S. eye cooperation in fighting global epidemic diseases “Around 400 scholars, officials, and business leaders from China and the United States gathered at a conference Tuesday to discuss how the two countries could work together to fight global infectious diseases. With the theme of ‘Global Infectious Diseases:…

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Following 2 Major Earthquakes, Nepal Begins To Rebuild; U.N. Praises Emergency Preparedness, Says Relief Workers Must Listen To Local Populations

Devex: Disaster responders must listen to Nepalese — Valerie Amos “…After returning from a visit to the disaster zone, where 8.1 million people require humanitarian assistance, Valerie Amos — speaking to Devex before a second 7.3-magnitude quake hit the country May 12 — said that communicating with affected districts was…

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China Faces Food, Nutrition Security Pressures Warranting Government Action, Report Says

Xinhua News: China’s food, nutrition security faces challenges: report “The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in a report Wednesday that China’s food security faces pressure that warrants government action. … China increasingly suffers from a ‘triple burden of malnutrition’ (undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity), according to the Washington-based…

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Tracking, Delivering Aid For Nepal Earthquake Relief Proves Challenging

Humanosphere: The struggle to get aid to quake survivors in Nepal Melody Schreiber, program manager at the International Reporting Project, discusses the challenges of providing disaster assistance and ensuring funds reach the appropriate sources in Nepal (5/13).

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Nationwide Condom Shortage Affects India’s HIV Prevention Efforts

LiveMint: Shortage of condoms hits govt’s AIDS prevention program “A nationwide shortage of government-supplied condoms has affected two key programs of the health ministry [in India] — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and family planning. What compounds matters is the size of funds needed to address the shortage…” (Krishnan, 5/12).

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Dissatisfaction Growing Over Russia’s State-Run Health Care System, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg Businessweek: In Putin’s Russia, Universal Health Care Is for All Who Pay “…Russia [has] slashe[d] health care services to plug budget gaps left by lower oil prices. That has provoked labor unrest by medical workers — some have even staged hunger strikes — and alarm among patients and their…

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