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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…

Blogs Discuss India’s National ‘Call To Action For Child Survival And Development’ Summit

“At the forefront of the fight against child mortality and morbidity, India is leading the global community in placing a renewed emphasis on this important mission,” William Hammink, India mission director, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” adding the country’s “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development” summit, taking place this…

Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…

Cambodia, China Report Cases Of Avian Influenza H5N1

“Cambodia reported on Wednesday that another four-year-old girl has contracted avian influenza H5N1, becoming the seventh person [in the country to contract] the virus in 2013,” Xinhua reports (2/13). “Cambodia saw eight cases of avian flu, ending in eight deaths in the whole of 2011, according to WHO figures, while 2012 saw…

USAID Blog Reports On India’s Call To Action Summit For Child Survival, Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, provides an overview of India’s “Call to Action Summit for Child Survival and Development,” which took place last week, writing, “Led by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Summit called for an accelerated response to…

India Announces Plans To Improve Adolescent Health, Evaluate Progress On Child Survival

“India’s health ministry has announced plans to improve the health of adolescents and also to evaluate progress of states and districts on child survival under a fresh package of initiatives to reduce mortality among children under five years old,” BMJ reports. “The announcement, made at a summit on child survival held on 7 to…

China’s New First Lady Has Ability To Influence Public Health Activism

In an opinion piece published on contextChina, Robert O’Brien, a PhD candidate in international relations at the University of Oxford, examines how China’s new first lady, acclaimed folk singer Peng Liyuan, might influence public health activism in the country. “While Peng is not likely to wield the sort of power held…

Blog Examines Child Survival Efforts In India

“Last week, the Government of India held a star-studded National Summit on Child Survival, ‘co-convened’ with USAID and UNICEF,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the global health team at the CGD, write in the center’s “Global Health…

India Needs Political Leadership, Resources To Ensure Children’s Right To Health

“India is making positive strides in reducing child mortality through new policies and ambitious programs, but preventing the deaths of millions of children remains one of the country’s greatest challenges,” health expert and blogger John Butler writes in the Wall Street Journals “India Real Time” blog, noting, “Roughly 1.7 million…