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Elimination Of Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus Possible With Improved Access To Care

Huffington Post: Reaching Mothers to Reach Children Folake Olayinka, Aspen New Voices fellow “…The occurrence of neonatal tetanus is a triple failure: of vaccination services, [antenatal care (ANC)], and obstetric care. Yet India has shown by its elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus that prevention, even in poorly served areas,…

Sri Lanka Overcame Setbacks To Be Declared Malaria-Free

New York Times: ‘Big Success Story’: Sri Lanka Is Declared Free of Malaria “After a long struggle, Sri Lanka, the large island nation southeast of India, was declared free of malaria last week by the World Health Organization. It has been more than three years since the last case. ……

Some Trained Medical Professionals Provide Safe But Illegal Abortion In Myanmar

PRI: Providing safe illegal abortions in Myanmar is a ‘karmic balance,’ says one doctor “…[S]tudies suggest an estimated 250,000 Burmese women get illegal abortions each year. It’s a leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar. While contraceptives are available, they can be difficult to obtain, particularly for poor women and…

WHO Urges Greater Focus On Health Needs Of Migrant Populations In Southeast Asia

U.N. News Centre: As migration continues to accelerate in Southeast Asia, U.N. health agency calls for a focus on migrants’ health “Noting greater vulnerability of the health of migrant populations, including heightened risks of infectious diseases, malnutrition, substance abuse, and maternal and neonatal mortality, the United Nations health agency has…

WHO Calls For Coordinated, Multi-Sectoral Approach To Address Malnutrition In Southeast Asia

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency calls for multi-sectoral approach to deal with ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Southeast Asia “While announcing a strategic action plan to deal with the issue, the United Nations health agency [Wednesday] called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which…

Human Rights Groups Criticize Nepal’s Government For Lack Of Efforts To End Child Marriage

Associated Press: Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages “Traditional practices, poverty, last year’s massive earthquake, and Nepal’s ongoing political instability mean child marriages remain a serious problem in the country, where 10 percent of the girls marry before they are 15, even though the government says it is making…

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