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U.S. TB Funding Should Reflect Global Threat Posed By Drug-Resistant Strains

New York Times: Losing the Fight Against Tuberculosis Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “…Americans can no longer afford to be indifferent to the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis. … At least in the short term, poor countries need the specialized expertise only America can provide. When the president’s budget requests for the…

‘Basic Health Care For All’ Achievable, Even In Poorer Nations

The Guardian: Universal health care: the affordable dream Amartya Sen, professor at Harvard University and a Nobel prize-winning economist “…[A] number of poor countries have shown, through their pioneering public policies, that basic health care for all can be provided at a remarkably good level at very low cost if…

Indian Government To Use Mobile Technology To Track Rural Toilet Use

Reuters: India to track toilet use with tablets “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is launching a nationwide online program to check whether people are using toilets as part of his cleanliness drive. [Beginning in January], officials will head out with mobile phones, tablets, and iPads to report on whether toilets…

Artemisinin Drug Resistance Threatens Mekong Region’s Progress Against Malaria

Financial Times: Malaria: Real and present danger “…A potential comeback by malaria in Myanmar, Cambodia, and neighboring Mekong subregion countries risks quietly undoing years of progress in fighting this historical scourge in the world’s warmer regions. Health workers are finding growing numbers of sufferers of the disease for whom therapies…

India Needs Real Reform To Address High Suicide Rate, Mental Health ‘Crisis’

New York Times: India’s Mental Health Crisis Editorial Board “On Oct. 10, the government of India announced an ambitious new policy to provide universal mental health services. … India has the highest number of suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000 suicides recorded worldwide in…

State Department Blog Posts Discuss Ebola Response Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Continuing The Fight Against Ebola Nasserie Carew, senior adviser and acting deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs, highlights a new State Department podcast series, titled “Fighting Ebola.” The series features interviews with U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac, former UNMEER head Anthony Banbury,…

USAID Official Outlines Disaster Response Lessons Learned 10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Lessons Learned a Decade after the Indian Ocean Tsunami Nancy Lindborg, USAID’s assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, discusses USAID’s response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and outlines “six lessons that inform the way we respond to disasters a decade” later (12/26).

Disaster-Induced Deaths Rise Threefold In Asia-Pacific Over Last Decade

U.N. News Centre: Asia-Pacific report: World’s most disaster prone region experiences three-fold rise in deaths “…Published by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the annual report showed that disaster-induced deaths in the Asia-Pacific region rose more than three-fold between in the past decade, largely…