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Increased Political Commitment, Attention To TB Bolstering Control Efforts In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How India is moving the needle on TB Puneet Dewan, senior program officer for tuberculosis in the Gates Foundation’s India office, discusses TB efforts in India, writing, “The increased public attention, political commitment, and innovative solutions are generating much optimism and momentum around…

UNICEF North Korea Office Audit Warns Oversight Lacking On Some Health Projects

Fox News: UNICEF’s North Korea office barred from oversight of its own health projects, audit probe warns “…While UNICEF is supposed to be supporting an array of health and education programs in the country — including campaigns financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) –…

Middle-Income Nations Simultaneously Addressing Obesity, Malnutrition

EurActiv: New health extremes in developing countries: Obesity and malnutrition “Middle-income developing countries confront two extremes within the public health sector. While a large percentage of the population is underweight and malnourished, a growing number of people are adopting an unhealthy, western-influenced lifestyle, dispensing with physical activity and consuming fast…

Number Of HIV Infections Surpasses 200 In Cambodian Village

Radio Free Asia: Number of Cambodian Villagers Infected With HIV Rises to More than 200 “The number of people infected with HIV in a remote village in western Cambodia’s Battambang province has risen to more than 200, including poor farmers who are saddled with loans, local officials said…” (1/5).

‘U.S. Foreign Assistance Must Remain Strong’ To Continue Progress In Health, Development

Roll Call: From Aid to Impact: Supporting U.S. Foreign Assistance Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), Kay Granger (R-Texas), and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) “…Even with significant strains on the federal budget, [U.S.] foreign assistance must remain strong. The international affairs budget supports programs with low-cost interventions that generate high-impact results, saving lives…

U.S. TB Funding Should Reflect Global Threat Posed By Drug-Resistant Strains

New York Times: Losing the Fight Against Tuberculosis Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “…Americans can no longer afford to be indifferent to the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis. … At least in the short term, poor countries need the specialized expertise only America can provide. When the president’s budget requests for the…

‘Basic Health Care For All’ Achievable, Even In Poorer Nations

The Guardian: Universal health care: the affordable dream Amartya Sen, professor at Harvard University and a Nobel prize-winning economist “…[A] number of poor countries have shown, through their pioneering public policies, that basic health care for all can be provided at a remarkably good level at very low cost if…

Indian Government To Use Mobile Technology To Track Rural Toilet Use

Reuters: India to track toilet use with tablets “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is launching a nationwide online program to check whether people are using toilets as part of his cleanliness drive. [Beginning in January], officials will head out with mobile phones, tablets, and iPads to report on whether toilets…