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U.N. To Recognize March 1 As ‘Zero Discrimination Day’

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of Zero Discrimination Day, U.N. agency appeals for tolerance, dignity for all “‘Zero Discrimination Day,’ to be marked on 1 March, is a worldwide call to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to a full life with dignity — no matter what they look like, where they…

Vietnam Raises Alarm Over H7N9 Bird Flu Risk

Nature News: Vietnam on high alert over flu risk “The H7N9 avian influenza virus that has killed more than 100 people in China in the past year has for the first time been detected in a province bordering Vietnam, raising the prospect that the disease may take hold across Asia…

WHO Warns China Over Unhealthy Air Pollution In Beijing

News outlets report on unhealthy levels of air pollution in Beijing, China. BBC News: China pollution: Beijing smog masks tallest building “As smog once again blankets Beijing, the BBC’s Martin Patience looks at the impact on China’s capital and its residents. Smog levels regularly top levels considered hazardous by the…

Kangaroo Mother Care Can Reduce Newborn Deaths, Research Shows

VOA News: Q&A with Joy Lawn: Kangaroo Mother Care “A mother’s touch really can save a child’s life. That’s the claim behind Kangaroo Mother Care. … There is solid research to back up the claims. The research is led by neonatologist Joy Lawn and appears in the International Journal of…

Poverty Eradication At Core Of Post-2015 Development Agenda, Chinese U.N. Envoy Says

Xinhua News: Chinese U.N. envoy stresses poverty eradication in post-2015 development agenda “A Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday said that poverty eradication should remain the core of the post-2015 development agenda. Wang Min, China’s deputy permanent representative to the U.N., made the remarks at a meeting of…

Kidnapped Polio Workers, Security Personnel Released In Pakistan

News outlets report on the release of several polio workers and guards who had been kidnapped in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Kidnapped Pakistan polio team released “A six-member polio vaccination team was released by their captors Wednesday, two days after gunmen kidnapped them in southwest Pakistan, officials said…” (2/26). APP/Dawn.com: Kidnapped…

Study Examines Funding Schemes To Keep Rotavirus Vaccines Within Reach

SciDev.Net: Financing options can make rotavirus vaccines affordable “Developing Asian countries should consider public financing schemes to make rotavirus vaccines affordable and help reduce the incidence of severe diarrhea which kills nearly 188,000 Asian children each year, according to a study [.pdf]…” (Sarmiento, 2/26).

News Outlets Discuss Challenges To Providing Health Care, Aid In Afghanistan

The New York Times reports on Médecins Sans Frontières’ findings on health care in Afghanistan, while Devex features an interview with USAID Assistant Administrator Larry Sampler, who discusses U.S. aid to the country. New York Times: Aid Group Sees Daunting Obstacles to Health Care for Afghans “The patients in the…

Education Important For Curbing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it’s by choice? Ola Perczynska, program manager at Her Turn in Kathmandu, Nepal “Despite child marriage being a human rights violation and the negative effects on girls and subsequently their children being well documented, in rural Nepal, an increasing…

Indonesia Must Make Expensive Changes To Lower Maternal, Child Mortality, Report Says

New York Times: Indonesia Urged to Spend to Make Birth Less Risky “If Indonesia wants to better its ‘embarrassingly suboptimal performance’ in deaths of newborns and their mothers, it will have to make far-reaching and expensive changes in its health care system, American and Indonesian experts say in a new…