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Kenya Might Not Achieve Maternal Mortality MDG Target By 2015

Thomson Reuters Foundation: The cost of maternal death in Kenya “The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline of 2015 is approaching but there are concerns that Kenya will fail to achieve some of them. This includes the goal of reducing the maternal mortality rate from the current 360 deaths per 100,000…

Taliban Threatens To Stymie Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

NPR: Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication “…Today the [Taliban] militant group continues to threaten to kill not only [polio] vaccinators but also parents who get their children immunized. That threat has had a chilling effect on anti-polio efforts nationwide. And it completely halted vaccination drives in some Taliban-controlled…

Devex Opinion Pieces Discuss Food Security, Malnutrition

Devex published several opinion pieces on food security and malnutrition as part of its #FeedingDev series. Devex: It’s high time India stands up for its malnourished children JK Raman, India country director at the Micronutrient Initiative “…There is expertise, evidence and resources available in India to address children’s malnutrition. This is…

CDC Poised To Receive Extra Funds For Polio Initiatives In Pakistan, Syria

CQ HealthBeat: CDC May Get Extra Funds to Combat Polio in Pakistan, Syria “With polio becoming a growing concern in nations such as Pakistan, Syria, and Cameroon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be poised to get extra money for its work on a global eradication initiative against…

Indonesian Health Minister Questions UNAIDS Gap Report

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia questions new UNAIDS report “Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has strongly questioned the validity of a Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) GAP Report released in Geneva on July 16, which categorized Indonesia as a country of concern given its increase in HIV new infections,…

Nearly 570 Dead Of Encephalitis In Indian Outbreak

Reuters: India battles to contain ‘brain fever’ as deaths reach almost 570 “Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as ‘brain fever,’ health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk…” (Bhalla, 7/25).

Myanmar’s Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care

Reuters: Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis “…Since international aid groups were forced out of [Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine] in February and March, members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community who relied on them say basic health care services have all but disappeared…” (Mooney/Win, 7/24).

Afghanistan Risks Losing Gains In Health Care If Donors Cut Funding, MSF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Afghanistan risks losing health gains made in the last decade — MSF “Afghanistan risks losing even the basic health gains it has made over the past decade if it becomes a ‘forgotten crisis’ when international troops leave the country at the end of the year, MSF’s [(Médecins…