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Murder of Polio Worker In Pakistan Heightens Health Workers’ Fears

The Guardian: Pakistan polio vaccinator’s murder by militants raises health workers’ fears “The unusual night-time kidnapping and brutal murder of a female polio vaccinator in the troubled Pakistani city of Peshawar has heightened fears among health workers struggling to stamp out the virus in the face of violent opposition from…

WHO Officially Declares India Polio-Free

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Thursday of India’s polio-free status. Associated Press: India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case “…The World Health Organization formally declared India polio-free on Thursday, after three years with no new cases. It said the milestone means the entire Southeast…

Myanmar Remains Potential ‘Gateway’ for Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria, Experts Warn

IRIN: Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria “Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the [fight against the] disease cannot be won outside the public health system — and that the country is still…

‘Impatient Optimists’ Publishes Posts Recognizing Successes Against Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published two posts recognizing the WHO’s certification of India as polio-free. In one post, Ananda Bandyopadhyay, a senior program officer for the polio program at the foundation, writes, “In order to protect the historic progress in the battle against polio, we…

Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care After MSF Forced To Halt Myanmar Operations

News outlets report on the condition of Myanmar’s health system in its Rakhine state after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, was forced to stop its operations there. Associated Press: Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar “…Living conditions in The Chaung village and surrounding camps…

Experts Urge Laos To Increase Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS

IRIN: More work on HIV in Laos needed “Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing…” (3/12).

U.S. Foundation Supports Obstetric Fistula Treatment In Africa, South Asia

VOA News: U.S. Foundation Supports Fistula Treatment in Africa “For hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, obstructed childbirth leads to a life of pain and, in many cases, public shame and isolation. … For the half-million women now suffering obstetric fistula, surgery…

Melinda Gates Says India Moving Toward Poverty Eradication, Universal Health Access

LiveMint: Melinda Gates: Poverty eradication, health care for all closer than ever for India “Philanthropist Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and one of the most influential women in the world, maintains that India is closer than ever to the goal of eradicating poverty and improving…