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IntraHealth International Working To Improve Micronutrient Supplementation Of Mothers, Children In Tajikistan

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Micronutrients Could Have Macro Effects for Health and Nutrition in Tajikistan Jon Thiele, IntraHealth International chief of party in Tajikistan, discusses the organization’s efforts to improve micronutrient supplementation in the country, where up to 35 percent of women of reproductive age are anemic and about 70 percent…

First Zika-Linked Microcephaly Cases Reported In Puerto Rico, Vietnam

New York Times: First Baby in Puerto Rico With Zika-Related Microcephaly Born “The first child in Puerto Rico with Zika-related microcephaly has been born, the territory’s secretary of health announced Friday…” (McNeil, 10/28). Reuters: Vietnam reports first microcephaly case likely linked to Zika — government agency “Vietnam’s health ministry on…

Tobacco Industry Pressures Indian Government Ahead Of Upcoming WHO Conference

Reuters: Exclusive: India’s tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO conference “India’s $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a WHO conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to…

India’s Family Planning Policies Could Focus More On Men, Provide More Contraceptive Options After Court-Ordered Closure Of Sterilization Camps

The Guardian: Will the closure of India’s sterilization camps end botched operations? “…The Supreme Court’s verdict [ordering the government to shut down sterilization camps across India within three years] is a historic victory for women’s rights activists who have campaigned against sterilization camps for decades. The ruling could mean that,…

Expect Zika To Reach India, Africa, Wellcome Trust Director Says

The Guardian: Expect Zika virus to reach India and Africa, medical research charity warns “The Zika virus, which causes brain damage in babies, is likely to spread to India and the continent of Africa, according to the director of the Wellcome Trust, a medical charity deeply involved in research to…

Guardian Podcast Examines Sri Lanka’s Successful Campaign To Eliminate Malaria

The Guardian: How Sri Lanka bit back at mosquitoes and wiped out malaria — podcast “Dinitha Rathnayake, a radio journalist based in Colombo, looks back over Sri Lanka’s long struggle with malaria. She speaks to people who lived through the 1980s health crisis as well as the doctors, health workers,…

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