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Dengue ‘Hot Spots’ In Fiji Increase

The Fiji Times reports on a dengue fever outbreak in the country. The Fiji Times: Dengue hot spots increase “People living in the Western Division [of Fiji] are being urged to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus because cases are now being…

Falling Fertility Rates In Developing Countries Is Worrisome

Wall Street Journal: Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries “Slumping fertility rates aren’t just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. … Thailand’s fertility rate has fallen to an average of just 1.6 children per woman, from seven in the 1970s, disrupting centuries of tradition in which children…

Vision Impairment In India Is Preventable, But Treatment Not Always Accessible

GlobalPost: A common cause of blindness in India is preventable, but treatment is not always accessible “… 8 million people are blind due to what’s called ‘refractive error,’ when the eye cannot clearly focus images, a condition that usually crops up in childhood. … Uncorrected refractive error is one of…

Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).

New Dollar-A-Dose Rotavirus Vaccine Attains Clinical Success In India

Stanford Medicine’s “Scope” blog discusses results of a study recently published in The Lancet on the efficacy of a rotavirus vaccine in India. The vaccine was spearheaded by an Indian biotechnology company, Bharat Biotech, and “has leaped the safety and efficacy thresholds of a late-stage clinical trial, in which more…

WHO TB Elimination Strategy In China Helps To Reduce TB Prevalence

VOA News: China Cuts Number of TB Cases in Half “Over the past 20 years, China has slashed its tuberculosis rate by more than 50 percent by broadly applying the World Health Organization’s strategy for TB elimination. Experts say the outcome is proof tuberculosis can be vanquished through an aggressive…

WHO To Certify SE Asia Region As Polio-Free

LiveMint: WHO to certify South-East Asia as polio free next week “The World Health Organisation (WHO) will certify the South-East Asia region that comprises of 11 countries including India as polio free on 27 March. … South-East Asia will be the fourth geographical zone to join the polio free region…

Use Of Antiseptic Gel In Rural Nepal Can Reduce Risk Of Death Among Newborns

PRI’s “The World”: An ointment could save up to half a million newborns a year­ – and it costs 20 cents “Many babies [in rural Nepal] are born in unhygienic conditions, outside the hospital. This makes them susceptible to dangerous infections. ‘About 20,000 newborns die every year in Nepal,’ says…

Pakistan, Afghanistan Partner On Polio Eradication Strategy

The News International: Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on joint anti-polio strategy “Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday agreed to formulate a joint strategy on polio eradication in the region. … The participants reviewed the current polio situation in the Pak-Afghan border areas and discussed ways to scale up coordination and collaboration on…