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India Should Tackle Malnutrition Through Investments In Education, Researchers Say

The Guardian: Tackling malnutrition in India: the role of higher education Tanusree Paul, research associate at Public Health Foundation of India, and Shweta Khandelwal, research scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India “…One of the biggest, but broadly overlooked factors contributing to India’s nutrition problem is that people are…

Philippines Stepping Up Measles Vaccination Program

Wall Street Journal: Philippines to Step Up Measles Vaccination Efforts “The Philippines is stepping up a measles vaccination program in and around Manila ahead of a nationwide campaign later in the year to stem an outbreak of the virus, which killed more than two dozen children last year…” (Larano, 1/21).

Chinese Officials Report Additional H7N9 Bird Flu Cases

News outlets report on a growing number of H7N9 bird flu cases in China, fueling concern among experts. Reuters: More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu – WHO “Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World…

Stanford Team Travels To North Korea To Assess TB Situation

GlobalPost: Just how bad is tuberculosis in North Korea? “…[I]t’s significant that since 2008, a team from Stanford University has been allowed to visit [North Korea] several times each year to help address the country’s soaring tuberculosis problem. They have even been allowed to set up a laboratory to test…

Zhejiang Province Is First In China To Relax Family Planning Policy

Wall Street Journal: China’s Zhejiang Becomes First Province to Loosen Family Planning Policy “Eastern China’s Zhejiang province announced a loosening of its family planning policy on Friday, becoming the first province to make good on the Communist Party’s pledge to relax the country’s controversial one-child rule…” (Chin, 1/17).

Prisoners In Cambodia Should Receive Drug Use Treatment To Help Prevent HIV Infections

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Aphyra Chheav, a member of the Key Correspondents program, advocates that prisoners in Cambodia should have access to treatment for illicit drug use. “…One motivation to provide better drug treatment for prisoners relates to the global ambition to prevent new…

Pakistani City Contains Largest Reservoir Of Polio Viruses, WHO Says

Reuters: Pakistani city is world’s biggest reservoir of polio viruses “Pakistan’s volatile northwestern city of Peshawar is the largest reservoir of endemic polio viruses in the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, amid concerns over continuing violence against polio vaccination teams…” (Houreld, 1/17).

U.N. Relief Official Calls For Increased Humanitarian Support For Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: U.N. humanitarian chief urges donors to increase aid for typhoon recovery “The recovery process in the Philippines has been steady but uneven, the United Nations top relief official said today, urging donors to increase support for the $788 million response plan for Filipinos, who continue to…

Study Launched In Asia Examining Challenges To Hepatitis C, HIV Treatment

Thomson Reuters Foundation: First regional study on hepatitis C and HIV co-infection launched in Asia “The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has launched the first regional study in Asia looking at obstacles in treating people living with hepatitis C and HIV in low and middle-income countries…” (Win, 1/16).

Experts Watch Closely As Number Of H7N9 Cases Increases In China

Reuters: Increasing toll of H7N9 bird flu demands constant vigilance “A big wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since the start of 2014 is a reminder that emerging flu strains need constant surveillance if the world is not to be caught off guard by a deadly…