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Afghanistan Public Health Minister Discusses Country’s Maternal, Child Mortality

SciDev.Net: Q&A: A brighter future for Afghanistan’s newborn babies “In the past two years, Afghanistan has seen a significant reduction in maternal and child mortality. To achieve this, the government took measures such as the development of better health care infrastructure in rural areas, and better education and training for…

Australian Government To Cut Aid Spending; Sachs Says Cuts Unacceptable

Media outlets report on the Australian government’s decision to cut aid spending. Devex: DFAT staffing cuts — brain drain (or gain) for Australian aid? “It is less than two months before the July 1 deadline set by the Abbott government in Australia to complete the integration process of the now-defunct…

India Attempts To Track Premature Deaths Through Survey

New York Times: Door by Door, India Strives to Know More About Death “…Nearly 70 percent of deaths in India, five million in all each year, take place in the absence of medical supervision, according to the [Office of the Registrar General of India], which is responsible for registering births…

Pakistan Must Reexamine Polio Eradication Program To Improve Effectiveness

Al Jazeera: Pakistan’s polio puzzle Samia Altaf, public health physician and the 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center “…If increasing amounts of funding, steadily developing science and modified organizational plans have consistently failed, the only logical step is an analysis of the context. … The best place to…

India Strives To Maintain Polio-Free Status Amid Disease Outbreaks

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: India Resolutely Guards Its Polio-Free Status Nellie Bristol, a senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses India’s efforts to be designated polio-free and the nation’s insistence on maintaining that status (5/22).

Briefings Address Impact Of Global Fund’s New Funding Model On Malaria Initiatives

The UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative released two briefings (.pdf) on the impact of the Global Fund’s new funding model (NFM) on malaria initiatives. UCSF Global Health Group: The Impact of the Global Fund’s New Funding Model on the 34 Malaria-Eliminating Countries “In an effort to understand the…

Displaced Persons In Western Myanmar Face Disease Risks, U.N. Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. warns of disease risk in western Myanmar displacement camps “Deteriorating living conditions and a looming rainy season are increasing the risk of waterborne diseases in the sprawling, squalid displacement camps in western Myanmar where tens of thousands of people live, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…”…

Denial Of Access To Maternal Care In Myanmar ‘Is A Human Rights Violation’

New York Times: The Waiting Game Nicole Sganga, contributor “…Myanmar confines many of the Rohingya Muslim minority to closed camps and largely denies them adequate medical care. … Being denied access to proper maternal care is a human rights violation that deserves notice — and redress. … If we’re going…