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‘Global Fund News Flash’ Special Edition Highlights World TB Day

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash A special edition of the Global Fund News Flash highlights World Tuberculosis Day with articles focusing on efforts to detect and treat TB in Latin America, Asia, and Africa (3/24).

Indian Government Limiting Access To New TB Drug In Private Sector

Reuters: New drugs still out of reach for most in India, world TB hotspot “…The government approved the drug bedaquiline in January for about 500 patients under a national TB control program. It is intended for patients with an extremely resistant form of the infection and are immune to existing…

BRICS Countries Must Invest In Health Systems To Better Prevent, Treat Tuberculosis

NPR: ‘How Unromantic It Is To Die Of Tuberculosis In The 21st Century’ Salmaan Keshavjee, director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai and senior TB specialist at Partners In Health “…Ebola is the tip of a global health crisis: a crisis in our collective ability to deliver…

Relief Assessments, Efforts Ramp Up On Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu As U.N. Begins Measles Immunization Campaign

Associated Press: Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu’s cyclone-stricken islands “Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu’s outer islands, after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation’s landscape…” (Perry, 3/17). International Business…

Gunmen Kill 2 Polio Workers, 1 Guard In Pakistan

The Nation: Two polio vaccinators, cop shot dead in Mansehra “Two female polio vaccinators and a policeman were shot dead in broad daylight in Mansehra on Tuesday…” (3/18). New York Times: Gunmen Kill Health Workers From Pakistan Polio Drive “…There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but…

Anti-Dowry PSA Aims To Reduce Child Marriage In Nepal

PRI: South Asian leaders try new ways to reduce child marriage “…[An] anti-dowry PSA is sponsored by the National Campaign to End Child Marriage in Nepal and is playing everywhere: On TV, on the radio, and even in movie theaters and on buses, especially in the Terai region where child…

CGD Blog Post Discusses Recommendations For India’s Draft National Health Policy

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: India’s New Health Policy: A Work in Progress Anit Mukherjee, IDRC fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses India’s new draft National Health Policy and makes recommendations that would “help strengthen the plan across four key areas: financing and fiscal transfers,…

India Swine Flu Deaths Surpass 1,700 Out Of 30,000 Cases This Season

International Business Times: India Swine Flu 2015: 1,731 Dead Out Of 30,000 Documented Cases “The death toll in India’s latest swine flu outbreak has risen to 1,731, out of nearly 30,000 people stricken with the virus, health officials said Monday, with 21 new deaths reported in the past day alone…”…

India Aims To Improve Maternal, Child Health Through Mobile Messaging Initiative

Reuters: India bets on mobiles in battle on maternal, child deaths “India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers…” (Kalra, 3/17).