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More Investment, Innovation Needed To Address HIV/AIDS In Asia, U.N. Official Says

“Though the number of new HIV infections has been dropping for several years, Thailand and other Asia-Pacific countries need to invest more in developing innovations to fight the spread of [HIV], according to [UNAIDS],” The Nation reports. “[S]peaking at a press conference on the upcoming 11th International Congress on AIDS…

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Myanmar Clinic Operations Threatened As Australia Plans To Withdraw Funding, Devex Reports

Devex examines how “the Australian government’s decision to cut the foreign aid budget and integrate AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade” is threatening to close “the award-winning Mae Tao Clinic on the Myanmar-Thailand border, established in 1989 to provide health services to thousands of refugees … if…

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Bangladeshi Government Working To Rid Markets Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

“Despite a backlash to its recent crackdown on the sale of counterfeit medicines in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the government has vowed to continue fighting the growing industry of illicit, substandard, counterfeit and life-endangering medicines,” IRIN reports. The article describes a September government seizure of “fake, substandard and unauthorized medicine” in…

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Cambodia, Nigeria Make Progress Vaccinating Children Against Measles, Rubella

Cambodia has immunized one million children with the measles and rubella vaccines, and aims to reach all four million children between the ages of nine months and 15 years in the country, according to the health ministry, Xinhua/Global Times reports. “I urge every family in the country to bring their…

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Devex Interviews Afghanistan’s Public Health Minister

“The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction [SIGAR] is not sure the country’s ministries are ready to receive direct U.S. government funding,” Devex reports. “But Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s public health minister, says SIGAR should recognize their progress and be more open to the idea, after the watchdog released…

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AIDS 2014 Presents Opportunity To Showcase, Learn From Australia’s Inclusive AIDS Response Model

“It has been a fascinating week in Australia planning for the AIDS 2014 conference and one of the highlights has certainly been attending this year’s annual Australasian HIV/AIDS conference in sultry Darwin,” International AIDS Society Executive Director Bertrand Audoin writes in the Huffington Post U.K.’s “Lifestyle” blog. “AIDS 2014, from…

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India Spending Less Than Planned Expenditure For TB Budget

“Confronting a slowing economy and a large budget deficit, India has significantly reduced its planned expenditure on fighting tuberculosis, the airborne disease that kills more adults here than any other infection and has become increasingly more drug resistant, a review of government plans and budgets shows,” the Wall Street Journal’s…

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Thailand Records Record Number Of Dengue Cases

“Thailand is experiencing its largest dengue epidemic in more than two decades, with a record number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease and 126 fatalities so far this year, health experts said on Thursday, pointing to climate change as a factor behind the spike in cases,” Thomson Reuters Foundation…

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Wall Street Journal Blog Examines India’s Efforts To Detect, Treat TB

The Wall Street Journal’s “Real Time India” blog reports on India’s efforts to diagnose and treat tuberculosis (TB). “In 2012, about 1.46 million of the estimated 2.2 million TB cases in India, including drug-resistant strains, were [recorded] under India’s government program, down from 1.51 million in the year 2011, according…

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USAID’s Disaster Assistance Helps India Avoid More Deaths After Cyclone

Noting a cyclone killed at least 10,000 people on the east coast of India in 1999, and a similar cyclone last week hit the same area, resulting in about 50 fatalities, Jeremy Konyndyk, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID, writes in the Huffington Post’s “World”…

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