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Smartphone Apps Help Educate Pregnant Women, Mothers In India

Christian Science Monitor: Tackling Indian maternal deaths by smartphone “Subhi Quraishi believes that the solution to the high maternal mortality rates that have dogged women in rural India starts with a mobile phone. Standing in his bustling New Delhi offices, Mr. Quraishi shows off the mobile ‘lifeline channel’ that his…

News Outlets Highlight World TB Day

In recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, news outlets report on the progress and challenges surrounding the disease. Al Jazeera: Tuberculosis makes a comeback “… TB kills 1.3 million people per year — more than any other infectious disease apart from HIV/AIDS. It’s caught…

GOP Leaders In House Aim To Boost Philippines Typhoon Recovery Efforts

The Hill: House looks to boost Philippines typhoon recovery efforts “Republican leaders in the House next week are expected to call up legislation aimed at increasing monetary donations to the Philippines, which last year suffered one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in that region of the world. GOP leaders…

New Virus In China May Be Cause Of Death Of 3 Mine Workers

Science News: A New Killer Virus in China? “In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking…

Campaign Promotes WASH During Cricket Tournament

Founder and Executive Director of WASH United, Thorsten Kiefer, describes the popularity of cricket in South Asia, and the opportunity it creates for a WASH media campaign. “As part of our partnership with ICC (the International Cricket Council), key matches of the tournament will be dedicated to promoting sanitation and…

Dengue ‘Hot Spots’ In Fiji Increase

The Fiji Times reports on a dengue fever outbreak in the country. The Fiji Times: Dengue hot spots increase “People living in the Western Division [of Fiji] are being urged to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus because cases are now being…

Falling Fertility Rates In Developing Countries Is Worrisome

Wall Street Journal: Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries “Slumping fertility rates aren’t just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. … Thailand’s fertility rate has fallen to an average of just 1.6 children per woman, from seven in the 1970s, disrupting centuries of tradition in which children…

Vision Impairment In India Is Preventable, But Treatment Not Always Accessible

GlobalPost: A common cause of blindness in India is preventable, but treatment is not always accessible “… 8 million people are blind due to what’s called ‘refractive error,’ when the eye cannot clearly focus images, a condition that usually crops up in childhood. … Uncorrected refractive error is one of…

Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).

New Dollar-A-Dose Rotavirus Vaccine Attains Clinical Success In India

Stanford Medicine’s “Scope” blog discusses results of a study recently published in The Lancet on the efficacy of a rotavirus vaccine in India. The vaccine was spearheaded by an Indian biotechnology company, Bharat Biotech, and “has leaped the safety and efficacy thresholds of a late-stage clinical trial, in which more…