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India Swine Flu Deaths Surpass 1,700 Out Of 30,000 Cases This Season

International Business Times: India Swine Flu 2015: 1,731 Dead Out Of 30,000 Documented Cases “The death toll in India’s latest swine flu outbreak has risen to 1,731, out of nearly 30,000 people stricken with the virus, health officials said Monday, with 21 new deaths reported in the past day alone…”…

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India Aims To Improve Maternal, Child Health Through Mobile Messaging Initiative

Reuters: India bets on mobiles in battle on maternal, child deaths “India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers…” (Kalra, 3/17).

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Role Of Women, Health And Communications Systems Discussed At Disaster Risk Reduction Conference

U.N. News Centre: Sendai: Critical role of women in building disaster resilience focus of event at U.N. conference “Spotlighting the positive actions of women in planning and decision-making to make their communities safer before, during, and after disasters strike, senior United Nations, government, and civil society representatives [Saturday] emphasized that…

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Damage Assessments, Humanitarian Aid Begin After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

The Atlantic: A Cyclone Destroys a Nation “Torrential rains and winds up to 185 miles per hour lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, downing power lines and flattening buildings throughout the country. The official death toll of the storm, called Tropical Cyclone Pam, is eight, but the…

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Mobile Family Planning Services Reach Low-Income, Rural Populations In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reaching the Unreached with Family Planning in India David J. Olson of Olson Global Communication discusses the impact of mobile family planning services in India. The operation, run by Janani, brings family planning products and services to people who have limited access to…

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Successful Rural Health Programs Need Service Integration

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Vaccine Heroes and the Work Ahead Using a small Indian village as an example, Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Gates Foundation, discusses “the importance of working to ensure health services are integrated across vaccines, family planning,…

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Indian Health Officials To Review Study Findings Showing H1N1 Swine Flu Mutations

IANS/Zee News: MIT swine flu report to be studied: Indian experts “A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) report claiming that the swine flu virus in India may have mutated and become severely infectious needs to be studied thoroughly before being accepted, Indian health experts said on Thursday…” (3/12). Reuters: India,…

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CNN Examines Efforts To Eliminate Elephantiasis, Especially In India Where 40% Of Cases Occur

CNN: The worms inflating your limbs: The battle to eliminate elephantiasis “…Of the 120 million people infected [with lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis,] worldwide, 40 million of them are disabled, or disfigured, according to the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine and no treatment, only these drugs to prevent further…

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Indian Prime Minister Launches First Indian-Made Rotavirus Vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Make in India: Modi Launches New Vaccine Divya Sachdev, project manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the launch of ROTAVAC®, “India’s first indigenously discovered and manufactured rotavirus vaccine.” She writes, “The development of ROTAVAC® is testimony to the partnerships and…

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H1N1 Swine Flu Strain In Indian Outbreak More Infectious, Virulent Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests

News outlets discuss a study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe showing the H1N1 strain of swine flu circulating in India might be more infectious and severe than previously believed. International Business Times: India swine flu has mutated to become more deadly as virus claims 1,200 lives “The…

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