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U.S. Analysts Knew Afghan Target Was Hospital, AP Reports; MSF Official Says ‘Precise Destruction’ Indicates Bombing Not ‘Mistake’

Associated Press: APNewsBreak: U.S. analysts knew Afghan site was hospital “American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on an Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed by a U.S. military attack because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity, the Associated Press has…

Laos To Distribute 500K Polio Vaccine Doses After Boy’s Death From Virus

Xinhua News: Polio death draws 500,000 vaccine dose response in Laos “Half a million doses of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) will be distributed to at-risk groups in Laos as health authorities respond to the dangers posed by the virus. The virus is responsible for the death of an eight-year-old…

WHO Official Calls For Stricter Smoking Bans In China

Wall Street Journal: Can China Stub Smokers’ Butts for a Smoke-Free Law? “…Various cities across China, such as Beijing, have recently rolled out indoor smoking bans that have made progress in cutting back second-hand smoke, changing minds that a smoke-free law would never work in the country of 300 million…

The Lancet Examines Global Polio Eradication Efforts

The Lancet: And then there were two…polio-endemic countries “On Sept 25, … WHO announced that Nigeria, which had reported no cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus over the past 12 months, was no longer a polio-endemic country. … The main focus of the eradication effort is now on…

WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee Discusses Concerns Over Viral Hepatitis

Pacific Daily News/USA TODAY: Viral hepatitis in Pacific a chief WHO concern “Viral hepatitis, a disease that kills many in the Western Pacific region, was the first issue the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Committee discussed Tuesday. Guam is hosting the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific this…

Political Will Required To Address Childhood Malnutrition, Stunting In India

New York Times: Half the Kids in This Part of India Are Stunted Nicholas Kristof, New York Times op-ed columnist “…In a remarkable failure of democracy, India is the epicenter of global malnutrition: 39 percent of Indian children are stunted from poor nutrition, according to government figures (other estimates are…

Blog Post Examines India’s Efforts To Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, Other NTDs

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Celebrating NTD Success Stories: India’s Historic NTD Progress Emily Conron, a resource development associate at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes, “During the month of October, END7 student supporters are celebrating NTD Success Stories from Haiti, India, Sierra Leone, and the Philippines.…

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