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Number Of Winter-Related Illnesses Rising In Northwest Pakistan, Doctors Report

Reuters: Doctors say health crisis growing in Pakistan’s remote northwest “Already enduring frequent attacks on militants by U.S. drone aircraft, a Taliban insurgency, sectarian violence and poverty, Pakistanis in the remote northwest face a new enemy: an unusually bitter winter. A growing number of cases of pneumonia, hypothermia and other…

Afghan Capital Kabul Sees First Polio Case Since 2001

News outlets report on the first polio case detected in the Afghan capital of Kabul since 2001. Associated Press: Afghan capital sees 1st polio case since 2001 “Afghan officials have launched a polio vaccination campaign after a young girl from Kabul was diagnosed with the disease — the capital’s first…

Crisis Planning, Government Cooperation Bolstered Aid Efforts In Typhoon Haiyan Response

The Guardian: Typhoon Haiyan disaster response: how the relief effort worked A humanitarian worker discusses the use of clusters, “groups of U.N. and non-U.N. humanitarian organizations that specialize in emergency response in areas such as water and sanitation, health, shelter, logistics, food security, and agriculture,” in the Typhoon Haiyan disaster…

Papua New Guinea Works To Improve Toilet Access

IRIN: Papua New Guinea battles open defecation “…Government figures indicate that up to 18 percent of [Papua New Guinea's] rural population and five percent of the urban population have no access to a hygienic toilet. Others, like Lilian Siwi, head of health in Eastern Highlands Province, estimate the real gap…

U.S. To Announce About $300M In Aid To Afghanistan

News outlets report on an expected announcement from the Obama administration regarding aid to Afghanistan. Bloomberg: Afghanistan Aid of $300 Million Pledged by U.S. Agency “The U.S. is proposing almost $300 million in new aid programs over five years for Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the economy and offset…

Doctors Call For Stronger Regulations For New Vaccines In India

Inter Press Service: Doctors Resist Deadly Vaccine “A spate of sudden infant deaths following vaccination in India has prompted leading pediatricians to call for stronger regulatory mechanisms to evaluate new vaccines for safety and efficacy before their acceptance into the national immunization program…” (Devraj, 2/8).

Global Fund Accepts Panel’s Recommendations To Reprimand Mosquito Net Suppliers

“The Global Fund has accepted recommendations of its Sanctions Panel to reprimand two international suppliers of mosquito nets and to set mandatory terms for continued engagement in the future. … On 14 November, 2013, the Global Fund announced that it had suspended the contracts of the two suppliers after an…

Chinese Poultry Industry’s Desire To Drop ‘Bird’ Or ‘Avian’ From Flu Reporting Is ‘Madness’

Bloomberg’s “The Ticker”: China Pretends Bird Flu Doesn’t Exist Adam Minter, a Shanghai-based contributor to Bloomberg View “…According to a Feb. 4 report by Xinhua, China’s state-owned newswire, poultry companies and associations in Guangdong province, home to a significant percentage of China’s most recent H7N9 bird flu infections, are proposing…

High Rate Of TB Among Indian Weavers’ Villages

Associated Press: Weavers’ villages in India suffer TB epidemic “This cluster of poor villages, long known for its colorful silk saris, now is known for something else: tuberculosis. Nearly half of Lohata’s population has it — some 100,000 people — and the community’s weaving tradition is part of the reason…

U.S. Donates Therapeutic Food To Pakistan To Aid Malnourished Children

NNI/Frontier Post: U.S. donates 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to Pak children “The United States will donate 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to more than 80,000 acutely malnourished children in Pakistan. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Nancy Estes presented the food shipment…