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India’s Landmark New Legislation Banning Discrimination Against People With HIV Criticized For Loopholes On Treatment, Requirements For Enforcement

CNN: India to ban discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS “India has passed a landmark bill which aims to ensure equal rights for those living with HIV/AIDS. The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, passed by the country’s parliament on Tuesday, will make it illegal to discriminate against people living…

The Guardian Examines Family Planning Efforts, Contraceptive Use In India After Government-Sponsored Sterilization Camps Outlawed

The Guardian: Beyond sterilization: the need for sex education and contraceptives in India “For decades, India has put controversial sterilization drives at the heart of its efforts to combat population growth. But last year, the country’s top court ordered the government to close sterilization camps within three years, following the…

Access To Contraception Critical To Improving Maternal Health In India

The Wire: In India, Better Access to Contraception Is Key to Reducing Maternal Deaths Ulla Müller, president and CEO of EngenderHealth, and Shumon Sengupta, Asia regional representative for EngenderHealth “…It is essential to women’s health that they be able to control whether and when they get pregnant, and that means…

Taliban Allows Polio Vaccination Team Access To Kunduz Following Cases Among Children

The Guardian: Polio in Afghanistan: ‘Americans bomb our children daily, why would they care?’ “Just over a fortnight ago, a 14-month-old girl in the Afghan province of Kunduz was diagnosed with polio. Within days, the Taliban granted health workers access to parts of northern Afghanistan for the first time in…

Patient-Centered Counseling Important Factor In Getting ‘AIDS Denialists’ Into Care

The Conversation: How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks Peter Meylakhs, associate professor and senior research fellow at the International Centre for Health Economics, Management and Policy at the Higher School of Economics; Yadviga Sinyavskaya, researcher at the Higher School of Economics; and Yuri Rykov, junior research…

Myanmar Training Midwives To Improve Access To Care, Reduce Maternal Mortality

Reuters: Myanmar trains midwives to tackle maternal death rate “Myanmar is training up hundreds of midwives in an effort to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth, one of many social policy reforms launched by the country as it emerges from decades of military rule. Statistics show childbirth…

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