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Drought In North Korea Threatens WASH Access, Children’s Health, UNICEF Says

Reuters: Drought puts N.Korean children’s lives at risk — UNICEF “A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday. UNICEF said in a statement that there had been…

Malnutrition, Stunting Could Worsen Among Nepal’s Children Following 2 Earthquakes

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Quake-hit Nepal gears up to tackle stunting in children “…A 2011 government study showed that more than 40 percent of Nepal’s under-five-year-olds were stunted, showing that the country’s child malnutrition rate was one of the world’s highest. Experts say the two quakes, which killed 8,895 people and…

Drug-Resistant TB Threatens India’s Efforts To Control Disease

Scientific American: Supercharged Tuberculosis, Made in India “…Too few diagnostic laboratories, too many poorly trained health practitioners, and thousands of infected people living in crowded, unsanitary conditions has made India home to the world’s largest epidemic of drug-resistant TB. … Yet until recently Indian public health officials remained reluctant to…

Philippines Confirms 2nd MERS Case In Foreign Traveler

Agence France-Presse: Philippines confirms second MERS case “A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia…” (7/6). BBC News: Philippine health…

Founder Of Bangladesh-Based Poverty Alleviation NGO Named World Food Prize Winner

Associated Press: Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize “A man who created a Bangladesh-based nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday. Fazle Hasan Abed created BRAC, originally known as Bangladesh…

China To Receive Discounts On GSK’s New HIV Drug Under Manufacturing Deal

Reuters: Manufacturing deal wins China cheap supply of GSK’s new HIV drug “China will receive cut-price supplies of GlaxoSmithKline’s new HIV drug Tivicay, following a deal for Shanghai-based Desano Pharmaceuticals to become an additional manufacturer of the medicine’s active ingredient. The collaboration between GSK’s HIV unit ViiV Healthcare and Desano…

South Korea Marks 3 Days Without New MERS Case

Agence France-Presse: Third day with no new MERS cases in South Korea “South Korea said Tuesday it had gone three days without any new cases of the deadly MERS virus, in a welcome boost to efforts to tackle the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia…” (6/30).