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Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccinator In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: Pakistan: Polio vaccinator killed in Faisalabad “Gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s Punjab province just a day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for attacking two policemen assigned to protect an immunization team in the country’s northwest…” (Shams, 12/9). New York Times: Anti-Polio Worker Slain in Pakistan…

Communities In Eastern Europe, Central Asia Warn Against Cuts To HIV, TB Funding

Inter Press Service: Marginalized Communities Warn of AIDS/TB “Tragedy” in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “…The EECA is home to the world’s only growing HIV/AIDS epidemic and is the single most-affected region by the spread of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). For years, HIV/AIDS and TB programs in many of its…

U.N. Issues Record $16.4B Aid Appeal To Address Global Crises In 2015

News outlets report on the release of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) 2015 Global Humanitarian Appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict. Associated Press: U.N.: $16.4 billion needed to aid most vulnerable “…More than 40 percent of the appeal — $7.2 billion — would go…

India’s Public Health System Under Scrutiny After Sterilization Deaths

Wall Street Journal: Sterilization Deaths Cast Light on India’s Ailing Public Health System “…The deaths of Ms. Kumar and 12 other women after sterilization procedures in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh cast a harsh light on the multiple failings of India’s chronically underfunded public health system…” (Parussini/Seervai, 12/8).

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Antibiotic Resistance, Sanitation In India

New York Times: India and the Post-Antibiotic Era Editorial Board “…In the developing world, unregulated use of [antibiotic] drugs coupled with poor sanitation and health care are fueling the rise of resistant bacteria. In India, these factors have created the perfect breeding ground for so-called super bugs. … The Indian…

Pentagon Joins International Effort To Stop Drug-Resistant Malaria In Mekong Region

Financial Times: Pentagon joins international fight to halt drug-resistant malaria “The U.S. military is throwing its weight behind an international campaign to stop drug-resistant malaria spreading from southeast Asia to Africa and triggering a fresh international health crisis. The Pentagon has joined forces with countries across the Mekong region in…

Cases Of HIV Acquired Through Blood Transfusions Among Pakistani Children Are False, Government Report Says; Blood System Unregulated, Official Says

The Nation: Probe proves report hoax: Ministry “The reports of infecting thalassemia children with HIV/AIDS through contaminated blood transfusions have turned out to be a hoax, says a preliminary inquiry of ministry of national health services regulations and coordination. A two-member probe committee in its report has declared as baseless…

CSIS Report Examines India’s Global Fund Allocations

Center for Strategic & International Studies: India and the Global Fund Todd Summers, senior adviser at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, and Katherine Peck, program coordinator and research assistant, discuss the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s funding for India, which has “a three-year allocation under the…