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Working Paper Examines Global Fund’s Presence In China

The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound” blog discusses a working paper assessing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s 10-year presence in China. Yanhzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, writes, “The Fund’s money has played a vital role in boosting resources to fight AIDS,…

India’s Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders As Third Gender

News outlets report on a landmark ruling by India’s Supreme Court recognizing transgenders as a third gender. Times of India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’ “In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the ‘third gender’ status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to…

More Than 10K Affected By Chikungunya Outbreak In Tonga

ABC Radio Australia: Ten thousand infected in Tonga’s first chikungunya outbreak “There’s a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in Tonga, with more than ten thousand people affected. It’s the first time Tonga has seen an outbreak of the virus, which causes acute fever and joint pain…” (Graue, 4/16).

Additional MERS Cases Detected In Middle East, Asia

News outlets report on additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) detected in the Middle East and Asia. Agence France-Presse: Saudi reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah “A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over…

Australia Commits Additional Funds For Humanitarian Aid In S. Sudan

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan “Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million…” (4/11).

Health Officials On Alert As MERS Case Detected For First Time In Malaysia

News outlets report on the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to Asia, where a case has been detected in Malaysia. Associated Press: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns “A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts…

Health Warnings On Cigarette Packages In China Should Convey Stronger Message

The Lancet: Cigarette packaging in China — not going far enough “A WHO report, Tobacco Health Warnings in China: Evidence of Effectiveness and Implications for Action, published on April 8, summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of China’s written health warnings on tobacco packaging. It concludes that China failed to comply…

Some Indian Enterprises Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility Endeavors

Forbes: Corporate Social Responsibility: Should It Be A Law? Esha Chabbra, contributor “India is the first country to have corporate social responsibility (CSR) legislation, mandating that companies give two percent of their net profits to charitable causes. Innovative? Perhaps on a policy level. But some small-medium size enterprises within India…

Polio Movement Achieves Successes, Faces Challenges

Writing in PSI’s “Impact” blog, founding director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan and co-director of research in global child health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Zulfiqar Bhutta, shares reflections on polio efforts made in 2013 and looks ahead to…