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Economist Examines Economic, Social Effects Of China’s ‘One-Child Policy’

In the current print edition, the Economist includes two articles examining different aspects of China’s so-called “one-child policy.” The first article looks at the effects of the country’s shrinking working-age population, which the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently announced “shrank last year by a total of 3.45 million,” the…

Science Reports On Reform In China’s Health Care System

Science examines reforms taking place within the Chinese health care system, which “aim to expand infrastructure, cover the poor, and combat chronic diseases,” according to the journal. “A white paper released by China’s State Council last December outlines the basic tenets of the reforms, which include expanding insurance coverage, reconfiguring…

Guardian Reports On HIV-Related Employment Discrimination Case In China

“An aspiring teacher in south-east China has become the country’s first person to win compensation for an HIV-related employment discrimination, according to state media reports,” the Guardian writes. “The man had passed a written test and interview for the job last June; he took the local education bureau to court…

GAVI Alliance To Fund HPV Immunization Projects In 8 Countries

The GAVI Alliance “is to help protect more than 180,000 girls in eight countries across Africa and Asia from cervical cancer by funding immunization projects with vaccines from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline,” Reuters reports in an article examining the group’s efforts to vaccinate young women with Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix, “the world’s…

Also In Global Health News: Kyrgystan Appeals For Aid; TB In Western Pacific; Pakistan Water Crisis; Zimbabwe Medical Fees; Measuring TB

Kyrgystan Asks For $1.2B In Aid To Rebuild Country “Kyrgyzstan’s government appealed to an international donors conference Tuesday for $1.2 billion in aid to rebuild the country after months of political and ethnic violence,” the Associated Press reports. The conflict “ravaged major markets and businesses, depriving the south of important sources…

Researchers Map Malaria Parasite P Vivax; Nearly 3B People At Risk Of Infection In 2009

A new evidence-based map estimates that in 2009 2.85 billion people lived “at risk of infection” with the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, reports BMJ News. A new study, published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shows P vivax “is more widespread and potentially represents a greater burden on human health in some parts of the world than P falciparum, the species usually associated with the greatest mortality and morbidity,” BMJ News writes (Moszynski, 8/3).

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