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Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…

Wall Street Journal Reports On Record Dengue Outbreaks Across Asia

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Fever Outbreaks Strike Asia “Though much of the world is focused on the Ebola virus, pockets of Asia are struggling with record outbreaks of a mosquito-borne infectious disease called dengue fever, which has no specific drug treatment…” (Wang, 11/14).

Investing In National Health Care Systems Can Boost Economies

CNN: Why health matters to economies Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health “There’s a well-understood correlation that as the economy of a country improves, so the health of its citizens improves. What may be less obvious is that the opposite is also true — improving the health…

India’s Vaccine Delivery Scale Up Shows Commitment To Future Generations

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Commitment to India’s Children Raj Ghosh, deputy director of India vaccine delivery at the Gates Foundation India, discusses the Indian government’s plan to scale up pentavalent vaccine delivery to all states and introduce several other vaccines by 2015. The plan “is a…

Media Outlets Discuss Two New Reports On Nutrition Worldwide, In India

News outlets discuss a report on global nutrition from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a report on nutrition in India from the World Bank. BBC News: World is crossing malnutrition red line, report warns “Most countries in the world are facing a serious public health problem as…

Men Must Take More Responsibility For Contraception, Global Conference Concludes

The Guardian: Gender equality forum urges men to take responsibility on contraception “Men must take more responsibility for using contraception away from women to reduce the risk of more women dying from botched sterilizations like those seen in India this week, a global symposium on gender equality concluded on Thursday.…

Several U.N. Officials Comment On Ebola Response In West Africa

News outlets report on comments made by several U.N. officials about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the international response. Agence France-Presse: U.N. encourages travel to ‘vibrant’ Ebola-hit West Africa “The U.N.’s Ebola czar on Wednesday encouraged tourists to visit West Africa, saying Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea were ‘vibrant…