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IRIN Discusses The Role Of WASH Programs In Conflict Resolution

IRIN: Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programs “Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in program design, experts say. … However, WASH programs… must be carefully crafted if they are to take into account local socio-political conditions…” (3/14).

U.S. Foundation Supports Obstetric Fistula Treatment In Africa, South Asia

VOA News: U.S. Foundation Supports Fistula Treatment in Africa “For hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, obstructed childbirth leads to a life of pain and, in many cases, public shame and isolation. … For the half-million women now suffering obstetric fistula, surgery…

Melinda Gates Says India Moving Toward Poverty Eradication, Universal Health Access

LiveMint: Melinda Gates: Poverty eradication, health care for all closer than ever for India “Philanthropist Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and one of the most influential women in the world, maintains that India is closer than ever to the goal of eradicating poverty and improving…

Experts Urge Laos To Increase Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS

IRIN: More work on HIV in Laos needed “Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing…” (3/12).

Pakistan PM States Commitment To Efforts Aimed At Eradicating Polio

News outlets report on the Pakistan prime minister’s stated commitment to eradicating polio in the country. Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan committed to eradicating polio: Prime Minister Pakistan “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed his government’s commitment to strengthen national efforts to eradicate polio and said the government…

Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care After MSF Forced To Halt Myanmar Operations

News outlets report on the condition of Myanmar’s health system in its Rakhine state after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, was forced to stop its operations there. Associated Press: Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar “…Living conditions in The Chaung village and surrounding camps…

Antiseptic Gel Saves Newborns From Umbilical Cord Infection In Nepal

Reuters: Nepal’s miracle gel saves newborns from infection “… ‘Navi Malam,’ or chlorhexidine, [is a gel] applied to avoid umbilical cord infection — a main cause of newborn deaths in the impoverished Himalayan nation [of Nepal]. Made by local firm Lomus Pharmaceuticals and backed by the government, [USAID], and other…

China Feels Economic Impact Of H7N9; Government Readies Vaccine

News outlets report on the economic impacts of H7N9 avian flu in China and the prospect of mass vaccination against the disease if human-to-human transmission occurs. Agence France-Presse: H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China “The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to…

New Regional Research Facility For Infectious Diseases Opens In Cambodia

Xinhua: New research facility for infectious diseases in Asia unveiled in Cambodia “France’s Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Tuesday inaugurated a new facility [in Phnom Penh] for a regional research platform in Asia, focusing its research on infectious diseases in the region. …’The creation of the new facility at the…

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy Hindering Elimination Efforts In India

Associated Press: Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India “…The stigma of leprosy endures in India, even though the country has made great strides against the disease, which is neither highly contagious nor fatal. Now the number of new annual cases has risen slightly after years of steady decline,…