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Pakistan Launches Nationwide Polio Vaccination Campaign Aimed At Immunizing 35M Children

Pakistan Observer: Polio drive kicks off to vaccinate 35 million children “[A n]ationwide polio campaign has started to vaccinate more than 35 million children in 163 districts of the country by approximately 200,000 polio workers. [The] Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq [on] Monday monitored…

Taiwan Establishes Central Command To Address Increasing Number Of Dengue Cases

New York Times: Cases of Dengue Fever Multiply in Southern Taiwan “The incidence of dengue fever in Taiwan has risen sharply in recent days, pushing the number of cases since May close to 10,000, the country’s Centers for Disease Control reported on Tuesday. The government announced on Monday that it…

Hindu Spiritual Leader Donates $15M To Provide Toilets Near India’s Ganges River

The Guardian: Can $15m worth of toilets finally clean up the Ganges? “A Hindu spiritual leader has donated $15 million to build thousands of toilets in villages along the Ganges in an effort to cleanse India’s holy river from the pollution caused by the country’s open defecation crisis. Mātā Amṛtānandamayī…

Social Enterprise Program In India Aims To Improve Access To Toilets

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: An Unexpected Question: Mandy Moore Advocates for Sanitation in India Singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore, a global ambassador for Population Services International (PSI), writes about her recent trip to India, where she “joined the PSI India team to learn how they and their…

World Bank Blog Examines Effectiveness Of Financial Incentives For Health

World Bank’s “Let’s Talk Development”: Financial incentives in health: the magic bullet we were hoping for? Adam Wagstaff, research manager of the Development Research Group at the World Bank, discusses the effectiveness of financial incentives for health, including pilot performance-based financing (PBF) projects, by examining various case studies, and writes,…

WHO SE Asia Region Calls For More Responsible Use Of Antibiotics To Prevent Resistance

Jakarta Post: Greater antibiotics regulations needed: WHO “The World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region is calling on its member countries to immediately address indiscriminate use of antibiotics and other drugs because their uncontrolled use has led to resistance to medicines, persistence of infections, and treatment failure…” (9/9). Press Trust…

China To Donate $5M Over 5 Years To Gavi

Xinhua News: China donates 5 mln USD to int’l vaccination organization “China will donate five million U.S. dollars to [Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] to fund vaccination for 300 million children in developing countries. … The money will be contributed between 2016 and 2020, helping Gavi with a project that is…

Malnutrition Causing Stunted Growth Among Filipino Children, Report Says

News outlets highlight findings from a Save the Children report on stunting and malnutrition among children in the Philippines. Agence France-Presse: Philippine children stunted by malnutrition: welfare report “Children in the Philippines suffer from ‘sub-Saharan levels’ of malnutrition that stunts growth in a people who have traditionally been considered short…

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