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Chile, China, Morocco Make Progress Against Hunger, Malnutrition, FAO Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. recognizes Chile, China, and Morocco for progress on fighting hunger, malnutrition “Chile, China, and Morocco [on Monday] joined a growing group of countries that are making successful strides in fighting hunger and malnutrition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced [Monday]…” (6/16).

Wall Street Journal Examines Quest For Universal Health Care In India

Wall Street Journal: Is Universal Health Care Possible? “…’It’s not something that can be done overnight,’ said India’s new Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to the Wall Street Journal on the government’s pledge to create a universally affordable health care system in a country that struggles to provide even basic medical…

U.N. Official Stresses Need For Improved Humanitarian Access In Myanmar

U.N. News Centre: Myanmar: senior U.N. official urges greater access to people in need of humanitarian aid “The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator today stressed the need for improved access to people in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, as she wrapped up a visit to the states of…

Bangladesh Reports First Case Of MERS

Reuters: Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection “Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi…” (Paul, 6/15).

The Economist Examines Nutrition In China

The Economist examines nutrition in China, where economic growth is preventing widespread malnutrition but increasing obesity rates. The Economist: Malnutrition: The hungry and forgotten “…China used to have more undernourished people than anywhere in the world except India: about 300 million, or 30 percent of the population in 1980. Economic…

Flood-Hit Solomon Islands Face Disease Outbreaks; Australia Offers More Funding

News outlets report on disease outbreaks in the Solomon Islands after devastating flooding in April, as well as funding for relief efforts. Australia News Network: Australia gives further $2 million to help Solomon Islands rebuild after floods “The Australian government says it is providing a further $2 million to help…

U.S. Helps Filipinos Rebuild After Typhoon Haiyan

USAID’s “Impact”: Rebuilding Livelihoods in the Philippines Post-Typhoon Haiyan Billy Dec, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, writes about U.S. government efforts to help Filipinos rebuild following the massive destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 (6/12).

World Bank Report Examines Harm Reduction Programs In Malaysia

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Needle exchange, methadone programs in Malaysia save money, protect public health, World Bank-funded report finds Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a World Bank-funded report that examined the outcomes…

Al Jazeera America Examines Uterine Prolapse In Nepal

Al Jazeera America: Uterine prolapse: The hidden agony of Nepalese women “…10 percent of Nepal’s 13 million women … suffers from the painful and debilitating condition of uterine prolapse. The ligaments and muscles in [the] pelvic floor are too weak to hold the uterus, which slips into the vagina. The…

Dengue Deaths Down In Sri Lanka, But Number Of New Cases Remains Steady

IRIN: Dengue down but not out in Sri Lanka “Better detection and care has led to a dramatic fall in the number of deaths from dengue fever in Sri Lanka over the past five years, but health experts warn there has been no corresponding decline in infection rates, highlighting the…