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Antiseptic Gel Saves Newborns From Umbilical Cord Infection In Nepal

Reuters: Nepal’s miracle gel saves newborns from infection “… ‘Navi Malam,’ or chlorhexidine, [is a gel] applied to avoid umbilical cord infection — a main cause of newborn deaths in the impoverished Himalayan nation [of Nepal]. Made by local firm Lomus Pharmaceuticals and backed by the government, [USAID], and other…

China Feels Economic Impact Of H7N9; Government Readies Vaccine

News outlets report on the economic impacts of H7N9 avian flu in China and the prospect of mass vaccination against the disease if human-to-human transmission occurs. Agence France-Presse: H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China “The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to…

New Regional Research Facility For Infectious Diseases Opens In Cambodia

Xinhua: New research facility for infectious diseases in Asia unveiled in Cambodia “France’s Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Tuesday inaugurated a new facility [in Phnom Penh] for a regional research platform in Asia, focusing its research on infectious diseases in the region. …’The creation of the new facility at the…

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy Hindering Elimination Efforts In India

Associated Press: Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India “…The stigma of leprosy endures in India, even though the country has made great strides against the disease, which is neither highly contagious nor fatal. Now the number of new annual cases has risen slightly after years of steady decline,…

Pakistan To Pay Parents In New Polio Vaccination Campaign

News outlets report on Pakistan’s new campaign that pays parents to vaccinate their children against polio. The Guardian: Pakistan to pay parents in new polio vaccination drive “Parents in one of Pakistan’s most troubled provinces are to be paid to vaccinate their children against polio, the crippling disease the world…

U.N. Officials Urge Continued Humanitarian Support For Countries Affected By Conflict, Natural Disaster

The U.N. News Centre on Friday published several articles highlighting comments from U.N. officials regarding the humanitarian crises in Central African Republic (CAR), Philippines, and South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: ‘Extremely grave’ situation in Central African Republic demands urgent action — U.N. official “Painting a grim picture of war-torn Central…

Law Stigmatizing MSM In Myanmar Hinders HIV Efforts

IRIN: Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar “A colonial-era law criminalizing ‘unnatural’ sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar ‘hidden, silenced, and shamed,’ hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and…

GAVI To Support HPV Vaccination Of 1.5M Girls In 3 Countries

Media outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s announcement that it will support vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) for 1.5 million girls in Rwanda, Uganda, and Uzbekistan. UPI: 1.5 million girls in three countries to get HPV shot “An alliance that helps developing nations said it will support vaccination of 1.5…

NTDs Threaten Indonesia’s Economic Growth, Researchers Say

Wall Street Journal: Diseases Threaten Indonesia’s Economic Health “Indonesia’s high rate of economic growth could fall victim to its high rate of tropical disease, warns a study by a team of U.S.-based academics and disease experts from the World Health Organization. Published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, ‘An Emerging…

Campaign In Myanmar Making Progress Against NTDs

“Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have a crippling affect on the people of Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Asia. … Despite this, Myanmar is making progress in the fight against NTDs due in large part to an unprecedented and ambitious campaign that took place over just one week in…