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Polio Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

Agence France-Presse: Polio’s last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border “About 1.3 million oral vaccinations are administered every year to children at the Torkham Gate crossing, the focal point of an intense global campaign to eradicate polio by 2018. But Afghanistan and Pakistan — two of the three remaining ‘endemic’ polio…

WASH Efforts See Urban-Rural Gaps In Laos

IRIN: Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide “Laos has been growing at eight percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn. Nearly half of the Lao…

Dengue Deaths Surge In Malaysia; Citizens Urged To Drain Stagnant Water

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Soar in Malaysia “Reeling from a severe dengue outbreak, Malaysia has launched a community-driven neighborhood cleaning program to destroy breeding sites of Aedes mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading the virus. The initiative, launched on Sunday across 110 dengue hot spots, involves citizens and local…

Malaria Cases Decline But Many Still At Risk

News outlets report on continued efforts to eliminate malaria in Asia and Africa. While the number of deaths due to malaria declines, many are still at risk of the disease. IRIN: Malaria fight sees decade of progress, with pitfalls ahead “A lot can change in a decade … the field…

WFP Official Urges Inclusionary Policies For Food Security

Devex: Not just beneficiaries: Make the poor partners in fighting hunger “How can you feed a billion people and lift them out of poverty while making sure their development progress is sustainable? For a senior official at the U.N. World Food Programme, we can by making them active agents in…

USAID, P&G Launch Clean Drinking Water, Health Projects In Myanmar

USAID “Administrator Rajiv Shah [on Thursday] helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in [Myanmar]. … Over the next two years, USAID and P&G intend to…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

PBS Examines Cookstoves’ Impact On Health

PBS NewsHour discusses the impact of cookstoves on health around the globe. PBS NewsHour: Designing cleaner stoves for home cooks in the developing world PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on “efforts to provide cleaner stoves to people in developing countries” as part of his ongoing series,…

Improper Treatment Leading To TB Drug Resistance In India

Deutsche Welle: TB drug resistance is on the rise in India “In India, two patients die every three minutes of tuberculosis. Improper treatment is leading to drug resistance, with 64,000 new cases registered in the South Asian country in 2012…” (Das, 2/27).