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Indonesia Launches Pentavalent Vaccine

Nicole Bates, who leads the advocacy strategy for polio and vaccines at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about the launch on Thursday of a pentavalent vaccine in Indonesia. Bates, who attended the launch ceremony, writes, “Yesterday’s launch was remarkable and is testament to the progress we’re…

Blog Posts Address First-Ever Ministerial Forum On China-Africa Health Development

The following is a summary of blog posts examining the first-ever Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development, held in China earlier this month, and the resulting Beijing Declaration. Victoria Fan, Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog: “At this meeting China’s president Xi Jinping heralded a ‘new era’…

India’s Food Law ‘Expedient,’ ‘Chaotic’

“‘Historic’ and ‘unparalleled’ were the words Sonia Gandhi, boss of [India's] ruling Congress party, used to describe [the country's] new food law at a launch in Delhi on August 20th,” but “[m]ore accurate terms for the law and its introduction would be ‘expedient’ and ‘chaotic,’” an editorial in The Economist…

Researchers Trace Evolution Of H7N9, Find Other Similar Viral Strains

“Researchers have traced the evolution of the [H7N9] avian flu currently spreading in China, and have found evidence that it developed in parallel with a similar bird flu, H7N7, which can infect mammals,” Nature reports. “Although there is no evidence that this H7N7 strain will infect humans, the authors of…

Washington Post Looks At India’s Food Security Programs

Noting “India’s subsidized-grain program has been a pillar of the world’s largest democracy for decades, and in its current form it helps sustain more than 400 million rural villagers and urban slum dwellers with low-cost grains and other staples such as sugar and kerosene,” the Washington Post reports, “India is preparing to…

IRIN Examines MDR-TB In Myanmar

IRIN examines the issue of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Myanmar, writing, “Inadequate detection and treatment are major obstacles and can result in cases of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) such as MDR-TB, say health experts.” According to Peter Paul de Groote, Myanmar’s head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), “Drug-resistant TB…

India’s Food Security Bill Does Not Address Root Challenges Of Malnourished Children

“Despite the unprecedented scale of [India's National Food Security Bill], it feels stale,” Shailey Hingorani, a Fulbright scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Allison Hutchings, a Boston-based social policy researcher, write in the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog. “It is an amalgamation and continuation of…

CDC Launches New Disease Detection Center In Bangladesh

The CDC on Tuesday “launched its eighth global disease detection center in Bangladesh,” Bangladesh News 24 reports. “A two-year ‘extensive’ disease detection course also started off at the government’s disease monitoring arm, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR),” the news service writes, adding, “With this, the institute…