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Crucial Civilian Aid ‘In Jeopardy’ In Afghanistan

Foreign Policy: Let Me Down Easy Anja Manuel, partner at Rice Hadley Gates LLC and lecturer at Stanford University, and Justine Isola, associate at Rice Hadley Gates LLC “…Since the war in Afghanistan began more than a decade ago, U.S. civilian aid to Afghanistan has largely — if unintentionally –…

Gates, Tahir Foundations, Others To Form Indonesia Health Fund

News outlets report on the planned establishment of the Indonesia Health Fund, aimed at helping to expand health care access in the country. Jakarta Globe: Bill Gates to Visit Jakarta for New Health Fund “Microsoft founder Bill Gates will visit Jakarta on April 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding…

Financial Disclosures Of One-Child Policy Violation Fines Might Help End Chinese Policy

Bloomberg View: The Real End of China’s One-Child Policy Adam Minter, a writer and author based in Asia “…On Thursday, a court in Guangzhou ruled that the Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province — China’s most populous — must disclose the specifics of its own [one-child policy violation fine] data…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

India Looks To Eliminate Measles Following Success With Polio

NPR: After Ending Polio, India Turns To Stop Another Childhood Killer “…On Thursday, health officials declared India — and the entire Southeast Asia region — free of polio. … It also means that India, for the first time, has the tools and infrastructure to tackle other childhood diseases. At the…

WHO Officially Declares India Polio-Free

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Thursday of India’s polio-free status. Associated Press: India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case “…The World Health Organization formally declared India polio-free on Thursday, after three years with no new cases. It said the milestone means the entire Southeast…

Myanmar Remains Potential ‘Gateway’ for Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria, Experts Warn

IRIN: Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria “Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the [fight against the] disease cannot be won outside the public health system — and that the country is still…

‘Impatient Optimists’ Publishes Posts Recognizing Successes Against Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published two posts recognizing the WHO’s certification of India as polio-free. In one post, Ananda Bandyopadhyay, a senior program officer for the polio program at the foundation, writes, “In order to protect the historic progress in the battle against polio, we…