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Philippines Legislature Removes Contraceptive Funding From National Budget, Health Secretary Says

Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Philippines axes contraceptive budget “The legislature in the mainly Catholic Philippines has axed the government’s budget for contraceptives, despite a law mandating that the state should provide them to the poor. The health secretary, Janette Garin, confirmed on Wednesday that the department’s 2016 budget for contraceptives had…

Gavi CEO Berkley, India PM Modi Meet To Discuss 5-Year Strategic Partnership

PTI/Economic Times: Gavi CEO meets PM, discusses strategic partnership in vaccine “Gavi, a global vaccine alliance, proposes to have a new strategic partnership with India for 2016-2021, which will see further fund support of up to $500 million to accelerate the introduction of modern vaccines for all children in the…

Nearly 1 In 7 People At Risk Of Malaria In India, WHO Report Shows

TNN/Times of India: 1 in 7 Indians is at risk of malaria, says WHO report “The World Health Organization says close to one in seven people in India are at risk of contracting malaria. … The report, based on the data collated by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme…

BRICS Nations Can Prove Important Allies In Ending NTDs By 2020

Devex: BRICS champion the fight to end neglected tropical diseases Mirta Roses Periago, special envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and former director of the Pan American Health Organization “…The BRICS deserve credit for the progress they have made in fighting NTDs at home, and I am…

Myanmar Should Commit To Improving Its Biosecurity

Bangkok Post: Bolstering Myanmar’s biosecurity Kyaw San Wai, senior analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies “…While [ratifying the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)] is an important step in improving [Myanmar’s] biosecurity, more must be done. … Myanmar’s public health challenges, geography, and increasing interconnectivity all contribute…

Nations Respond To Antibiotic Resistance Arising From Use Among Livestock

National Geographic’s “Germination”: Last-Ditch Drug Resistance: China and Europe Respond Maryn McKenna, journalist and author, discusses antibiotic use among agricultural animals, focusing on colistin, “the only antibiotic that works against a growing category of serious infections,” and several nations’ responses to antibiotic resistance arising from use among livestock (1/6).

Drug Resistance Poses Obstacle To Malaria Elimination Goal

Slate: The World Can Eliminate Malaria “…The eradication of malaria is theoretically possible, but the last mile of this race is likely to be the toughest, in large part because of the speed of drug resistance. … Despite the looming challenges, there’s still optimism on the ground…” (Keating, 1/5).

Needle-Sharing Among Drug Users Spreading HIV In Philippines’ Cebu City

The Atlantic: The City at the Heart of the Philippines’s HIV Epidemic “…In 2014, the Cebu HIV/AIDS Registry reported that 74 percent of the city’s 1,366 recorded HIV infections were due to needle-sharing. The [Department of Health] estimates that more than 50 percent of the roughly 6,000 intravenous-drug users in…

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