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Men In India, Pakistan Joining Campaigns To End FGM In Dawoodi Bohra Community

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Men join campaigns in India against FGM rituals among the Bohra “Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), adding greater heft to the movement in the deeply patriarchal Dawoodi Bohra community…” (Chandran, 3/17).

Malnutrition Contributing To Infant Deaths In Pakistan’s Arid Tharparker Region

VOA News: Infants Continue to Die in Pakistan’s Drought-hit Region “Over 200 infants have died this year alone in Pakistan’s desert-like region of Tharparker. The deaths are mostly blamed on malnutrition caused by severe drought. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem traveled to the area and has filed this report…” (Tanzeem, 3/16).

Analysis Of French Polynesia Zika Outbreak Shows 1 In 100 Risk Of Microcephaly

News outlets report on a study published Tuesday in The Lancet showing the risk of microcephaly among infants born during a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia. New York Times: Study of Zika Outbreak Estimates 1 in 100 Risk of Microcephaly “During a recent outbreak of the Zika virus in French…

India’s Bihar Looks To Eliminate Visceral Leishmaniasis

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Kala Azar elimination — within our reach William Starbuck, senior program officer for Visceral Leishmaniasis (Kala azar) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) India, and Usha Kiran Tarigopula, deputy director for Bihar Programs at BMGF India, discuss progress and challenges toward…

MSF Opposes Pfizer’s Pneumonia Vaccine Patent Application In India

LiveMint: Doctors Without Borders opposes Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine patent in India “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, a Paris-based international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization, on Friday said it has filed a ‘patent opposition’ in India to prevent U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. from getting a patent on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine…

South Korea Considering Exceptions To North Korea Sanctions To Allow TB Medication Shipments

Reuters: South Korea considers approval of North Korea tuberculosis aid despite sanctions “South Korea is considering allowing a shipment of tuberculosis medication to North Korea, a government official said on Thursday, despite newly imposed sanctions against the reclusive state for its recent nuclear test and rocket launch…” (Park/Pearson, 3/10).

Ipas Trains Indian Health Care Workers In Safer Abortion Technique

The Guardian: India’s doctors learn safer abortion techniques to cut maternal deaths “…At Vani Vilas hospital for women and children in Bangalore, in the south-west state of Karnataka, doctors and nurses gather for training in a safer, quicker [abortion] procedure — the manual vacuum aspiration technique, which is significantly underused…

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