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CSIS Report Examines Indonesia’s Role In Global Health Diplomacy

A new report (.pdf) from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), titled “Indonesia Steps Up Global Health Diplomacy,” describes recent steps by some of the country’s leaders to more formally engage in international health activities, according to the report homepage. The report summary states, “The country’s health minister…

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Doctors Face Challenges In Treating Drug-Resistant TB Among Children

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” on Tuesday reported on the challenges of treating children with tuberculosis (TB), particularly drug-resistant TB, a “growing epidemic.” TB drugs are not designed for children, which “means they aren’t packaged in smaller doses, and may not even have been tested for child-specific effectiveness…

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HIV, Syphilis Prevalence Rose ‘Significantly’ Among MSM In Bangkok From 2005-2011, Study Shows

“Cases of HIV and syphilis among gay men in Bangkok are on the rise, according to data released by U.S. and Thai health authorities” and published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Friday, Agence France-Presse reports. According to the report, syphilis…

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IAS 2013 Attendees Address Issues Surrounding Treatment Access, Including Stigma, Trade Agreements

On Sunday at the opening of the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, IAS 2013 International Chair and IAS President Françoise Barré-Sinoussi said, “[S]tigma and discrimination are still amongst the key barriers” to people living with HIV receiving early…

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Wall Street Journal Examines Shortage Of TB Drugs In India

Noting “India faces a potential shortage of a critical medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis that could deepen an already acute drug-shortfall-problem in the country with the highest burden of the deadly contagious disease,” the Wall Street Journal reports, “Tuberculosis officials in several Indian states said this week that their stocks of…

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TB Patients, Activists Protest Drug Shortages In New Delhi

“Tuberculosis patients and activists protested outside the federal health ministry in New Delhi Wednesday, angered at a shortage of life-saving medicines in government clinics,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports. “Since January this year, pediatric drugs for tuberculosis have been in short supply in many Indian states,…

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Aid Officials Raise Concerns Of Disease In Wake Of Indian Monsoon Flooding

“Rotting corpses contaminating water sources and poor sanitation amid devastating floods in northern India could lead to a serious outbreak of diseases such as cholera and dysentery, aid groups warned on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. The monsoon floods “have killed at least 822 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and…

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GlobalPost Examines Efforts To Reduce Child Mortality In Bangladesh

In an article published as part of a GlobalPost special report titled “The Seven Million,” the news service examines child health in Bangladesh, writing, “Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has made dramatic strides in reducing overall child mortality in recent decades.” The news…

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GlobalPost Blog Examines History Of ORS Use In Bangladesh

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines the history of the use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) — a blend of salt, sugar, and clean water — in Bangladesh, writing, “A simple electrolyte blend, ORS was formulated to treat cholera by U.S. and Bengali researchers in the late 1960s at the Pakistan-SEATO, the…

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Vaccine-Derived Polio Cases Do Not Impact India’s Polio-Free Status

The death of an infant from vaccine-derived polio in India’s Maharashtra state on Saturday “won’t impact the country’s march toward being certified polio-free,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports, noting the country has gone more than two years without a case of wild-type polio. According to the…

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