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WHO Urges Asian Nations To Halve Traffic Accident-Related Deaths By 2020

VOA News: WHO Presses Asian Countries to Cut Road Deaths in Half “The World Health Organization (WHO) is pressing Asian countries to cut their road death and injury toll in half by 2020. A 2015 study from Chalmers Technical University in Goteborg, Sweden, covering 24 Asian countries encompassing 56 percent…

Chinese Proposals To Tighten Vaccine Distribution Supervision Would Help Curb Illegal Distribution But Difficult To Implement, WHO Says

Reuters: China’s tougher vaccine rules ‘welcome,’ complex to implement: WHO “China’s proposals to impose tougher rules over its vaccine market will help stamp out illegal behavior and strengthen oversight, but will be ‘complex’ to implement, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Friday. The State Council, China’s…

Interruption Of Polio Transmission Possible Within 12 Months, WHO Says

The Guardian: Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organization “The World Health Organization is confident polio is in its dying days and could be eradicated within 12 months, despite challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the virus is still endemic and vaccination campaigns are…

‘All Players’ Must Work To Mitigate Bangladesh’s Arsenic Water Crisis

The Lancet: Bangladesh’s rural water scandal Editorial Board “Arsenic occurs naturally underground in parts of Bangladesh, and its contamination of rural water supplies first came to public attention more than two decades ago. Since then, the Bangladesh government supported by donor agencies (including UNICEF and the World Bank) have collaborated…

Philippines Launches First School-Based Dengue Fever Immunization Campaign

CNN: World’s first dengue fever vaccine launched in the Philippines “…The Philippines’ Department of Health launched a school-based immunization program in highly affected areas, making it the first country where the vaccine is commercially available…” (East, 4/6).

Doctors, Unlicensed Distribution Contribute To Antibiotic Resistance In India, Country’s Agriculture Ministry Says

Bloomberg: Quacks and Chemists Drive India’s Drug Resistance, Ministry Says “Doctors, unlicensed medical practitioners, and illicit drug sales are the main culprits behind antibiotic resistance in India, the country’s agriculture ministry said in a statement that shifted blame for the growing public health problem away from veterinarians…” (Pearson, 4/6).

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