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‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Could Reduce Disease Burden On Korean Peninsula

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a New Year’s Day speech, called for reductions in international tension and an end to confrontation with South Korea, while raising the prospect of reunification between the North and South,” Peter Hotez, president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, notes in a Los…

Building Global Health Into Relations With China

Writing in the Global Health Governance Blog, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, addresses President Obama about “the challenge of building a mature and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship” with China. “Building an enhanced global health agenda into the pivot strategy would contribute…

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…

BMJ Examines Why India’s Dengue Epidemic Continues To Grow

This BMJ feature examines why India’s dengue epidemic continues to grow worse each year, stating, “In the past decade, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the number of cases has escalated steadily from 3,306 in 2001 to 47,209 in 2012,” and “[d]eaths have risen from 53 in 2001…

India Holds National Summit On Child Survival, Development

“[M]ore than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members” are gathering in India this week for a national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” IIP Digital reports. The event, “jointly organized by India’s Ministry of…

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