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China To Keep Family Planning Policy, Merge Health Ministry And Family Planning Commission

“China will not change its basic state policy on family planning, Wang Feng, deputy head of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, told a press conference [Monday] in response to a question regarding the possibility of a change in the policy,” Xinhua reports. In addition, “[t]he State Council, China’s Cabinet,…

China To Maintain Current Family Planning Policy, Minister Says

“China will stick with its current family planning policy to maintain the country’s low birthrate but will make an effort to fine-tune it, … Wang Xia, minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, [said] at a national conference in Beijing on Monday amid widespread speculation that the one-child…

‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Could Reduce Disease Burden On Korean Peninsula

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a New Year’s Day speech, called for reductions in international tension and an end to confrontation with South Korea, while raising the prospect of reunification between the North and South,” Peter Hotez, president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, notes in a Los…

Building Global Health Into Relations With China

Writing in the Global Health Governance Blog, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, addresses President Obama about “the challenge of building a mature and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship” with China. “Building an enhanced global health agenda into the pivot strategy would contribute…

Guardian Reports On HIV-Related Employment Discrimination Case In China

“An aspiring teacher in south-east China has become the country’s first person to win compensation for an HIV-related employment discrimination, according to state media reports,” the Guardian writes. “The man had passed a written test and interview for the job last June; he took the local education bureau to court…

BMJ Examines Why India’s Dengue Epidemic Continues To Grow

This BMJ feature examines why India’s dengue epidemic continues to grow worse each year, stating, “In the past decade, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the number of cases has escalated steadily from 3,306 in 2001 to 47,209 in 2012,” and “[d]eaths have risen from 53 in 2001…

Global Response To Possible H5N1 Flu Outbreak Could Affect Epidemic’s Course

“It’s been a rough flu season this winter in the United States and Europe, but it could be worse. A lot worse,” science writer Carl Zimmer states in National Geographic’s “Phenomena: The Loom” blog. In other parts of the world, including Egypt, India and Cambodia, the H5N1 avian influenza strain…