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Following 2 Major Earthquakes, Nepal Begins To Rebuild; U.N. Praises Emergency Preparedness, Says Relief Workers Must Listen To Local Populations

Devex: Disaster responders must listen to Nepalese — Valerie Amos “…After returning from a visit to the disaster zone, where 8.1 million people require humanitarian assistance, Valerie Amos — speaking to Devex before a second 7.3-magnitude quake hit the country May 12 — said that communicating with affected districts was…

China Faces Food, Nutrition Security Pressures Warranting Government Action, Report Says

Xinhua News: China’s food, nutrition security faces challenges: report “The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in a report Wednesday that China’s food security faces pressure that warrants government action. … China increasingly suffers from a ‘triple burden of malnutrition’ (undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity), according to the Washington-based…

Tracking, Delivering Aid For Nepal Earthquake Relief Proves Challenging

Humanosphere: The struggle to get aid to quake survivors in Nepal Melody Schreiber, program manager at the International Reporting Project, discusses the challenges of providing disaster assistance and ensuring funds reach the appropriate sources in Nepal (5/13).

Nationwide Condom Shortage Affects India’s HIV Prevention Efforts

LiveMint: Shortage of condoms hits govt’s AIDS prevention program “A nationwide shortage of government-supplied condoms has affected two key programs of the health ministry [in India] — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and family planning. What compounds matters is the size of funds needed to address the shortage…” (Krishnan, 5/12).

Drug-Resistant Typhoid Strain Spreading Throughout Africa, Asia

News outlets report on a study published Monday in Nature Genetics showing a drug-resistant typhoid strain is widespread in Asia and Africa. Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant typhoid now ‘epidemic’ in Africa “Drug-resistant typhoid has become an invisible epidemic in Africa, scientists said on Monday after an unprecedented probe into the disease…”…

U.N. Says Emergency Funding For Nepal Slow To Arrive Nearly 2 Weeks After Earthquake; Humanitarian Aid Distribution, Vaccination, Continue

Agence France-Presse: Health workers race to prevent Nepal measles outbreak “Health workers are rushing to vaccinate more than half a million children in Nepal as fears grow that last month’s massive earthquake has made youngsters more susceptible to disease…” (5/6). IRIN: Are mothers and children missing out on Nepal aid?…

Nepal Earthquake Aftermath Strains Already Fragile Health System

Humanosphere: Nepal’s progress on health violently set back by massive quake In a guest post, Melody Schreiber, program manager at the International Reporting Project, reports from Nepal and discusses the impact of the recent earthquake on the country’s health system (5/6).