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Myanmar’s Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care

Reuters: Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis “…Since international aid groups were forced out of [Myanmar's western state of Rakhine] in February and March, members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community who relied on them say basic health care services have all but disappeared…” (Mooney/Win, 7/24).

Afghanistan Risks Losing Gains In Health Care If Donors Cut Funding, MSF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Afghanistan risks losing health gains made in the last decade — MSF “Afghanistan risks losing even the basic health gains it has made over the past decade if it becomes a ‘forgotten crisis’ when international troops leave the country at the end of the year, MSF’s [(Médecins…

U.N. Top Humanitarian Official Calls For Changes In Relief Delivery

Associated Press: U.N. humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp “The U.N.’s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters…” (7/23).

PNG Revivalist Churches Promote Prayer Instead Of Medicine To Fight AIDS

Australia Network News: Papua New Guinean revivalist churches push dangerous campaign for ‘faith-healing’ of AIDS “Revivalist churches in Papua New Guinea are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups. … The mainstream churches in PNG are working with the United Nations…

Officials Seal Off Chinese City After Bubonic Plague Death

News outlets report on a Chinese city that has been sealed off after one man died of bubonic plague. Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death “A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a…

U.N. Warns Shrinking Number Of Girls In India Reaches ‘Emergency Proportions’

Reuters: India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says “The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion of millions of babies, has reached ‘emergency proportions,’ fueling an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and trafficking, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…” (Bhalla, 7/22).

Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers,…

Polio Nearly Eradicated; Last Cases Originate In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria

Forbes: World Looks Anxiously To Pakistan, Afghanistan, And Nigeria To Eradicate Polio “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative hopes to see the final case of polio either late this year or early next year. All polio cases, regardless of where they are found, now originate from three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and…

Cambodia’s HIV/AIDS Efforts Face Challenges, Future Financial Gaps

VOA News: Cambodia Faces Key Challenges in Effort to Tackle HIV/AIDS “Cambodia’s efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS over the past 15 years have won it praise, and put it well ahead of many other low-income countries. But some of those most involved in the fight against AIDS are worried that an…