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For India’s Hungry To Benefit From Food Security Bill, Government Must Approach Issue With ‘Genuine Seriousness’

Writing in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” economist Jayati Ghosh, the executive secretary of International Development Economics Associates (Ideas), examines the issue of food security in India, highlighting a national food bill currently up for debate in the country’s parliament. In its current form, the “final bill (.pdf) is a pale…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

China, Africa Explore Cooperation On Health Issues At Roundtable

“China has reiterated its commitment to help Africa improve its health sector amid various challenges faced by the African continent through deepening existing health cooperation,” Xinhua reports, noting the 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation kicked off in Gaborone, Botswana on Monday (5/7). “During the two-day meeting, officials will…

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