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Smartphone Technology Helps Track Dengue Cases In Pakistan

Huffington Post: How Cellphones Helped to Dramatically Reduce New Cases of Dengue Fever in Pakistan Ravi Kumar, digital strategist at World Bank Group “…According to Logged On, Smart Government Solutions from South Asia, a report by the World Bank, the [Pakistan] government … came to the decision to use smartphones…

Engagement Of Global Community In China-Africa Health Collaboration Needed For Success

The Lancet: China-Africa Health Collaboration Editorial Board “The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration: Contributing to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Expanding Access to Essential Medicines … took place in Beijing last week (March 26–28). … The roundtable endorsed the Beijing Policy Recommendations 2015 — calling for collaboration to reflect…

System-Wide Approach Needed To Improve Road Safety In India

The Lancet: India needs shift in thinking to improve road safety Dinesh C. Sharma, journalist, columnist, and author based in New Delhi “A new road safety law is under discussion in India but experts worry that it won’t go far enough to address the country’s huge burden of road traffic…

Achieving Zero Hunger Requires Renewed Focus On Malnourished In Middle Income Countries

Huffington Post: Where Do the World’s Hungriest People Live? Not Where You Think Shenngen Fan, economist and director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…It may be a surprise that the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which…

Single-Dose Malaria Drug Performs Well In Laboratory Tests, Study Shows

The Hindu: Candidate malaria drug may cure with single dose “Last year, AstraZeneca, the global drug company, closed its research center in Bengaluru. One of the legacies of the work carried out there is the identification of a novel candidate drug for malaria. In laboratory tests, this molecule has shown…

India Health Ministry Undertakes Effort To Redesign Condom Packaging

Reuters: India to repackage state-supplied condoms in bid to attract users “…India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private firms. The government…

Indian Officials Launch Effort To Track Toilet Locations, Use

GlobalPost: Indian authorities are out in force to enforce the use of toilets “You could call it India’s Toilet Revolution. These days, government inspectors on the subcontinent … have been out in force, combing the countryside — on the hunt for toilets, or rather the lack of them. The effort is…

FGM Continues To Occur In Thailand’s Muslim South, Despite WHO Ban

The Guardian: In Thailand’s Muslim south, authorities turn a blind eye to FGM “Female genital mutilation, banned by the WHO, seems to be common in the three Muslim-majority southern provinces, but officials are taking no action…” (Paluch, 4/1).