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U.N. Relief Official Calls For Increased Humanitarian Support For Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: U.N. humanitarian chief urges donors to increase aid for typhoon recovery “The recovery process in the Philippines has been steady but uneven, the United Nations top relief official said today, urging donors to increase support for the $788 million response plan for Filipinos, who continue to…

Study Launched In Asia Examining Challenges To Hepatitis C, HIV Treatment

Thomson Reuters Foundation: First regional study on hepatitis C and HIV co-infection launched in Asia “The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has launched the first regional study in Asia looking at obstacles in treating people living with hepatitis C and HIV in low and middle-income countries…” (Win, 1/16).

Experts Watch Closely As Number Of H7N9 Cases Increases In China

Reuters: Increasing toll of H7N9 bird flu demands constant vigilance “A big wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since the start of 2014 is a reminder that emerging flu strains need constant surveillance if the world is not to be caught off guard by a deadly…

Russia’s ‘No Methadone’ Method Fails To Curb HIV

Bloomberg News: Russia’s Cold Turkey Fails to Stem HIV Among Drug Users “Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city where drug users used to be handcuffed to their beds to help them quit, exemplifies Russia’s efforts to stamp out the habit in a nation that has the most HIV-infected addicts. … While its…

WHO Confirms Additional H7N9 Cases In China

News sources report that WHO confirms additional cases of H7N9 reported in China. CIDRAP News: Four more Chinese H7N9 cases reported “Three locations in eastern China reported a total of four more H7N9 influenza cases today, and the World Health Organization (WHO) fleshed out details on six previously reported patients,…

Pakistan Looks To India For Strategies To Eliminate Polio

News outlets examine Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate polio, as India marks three years without a reported case of the disease.The News: Pakistan wishes to learn from India’s victory against polio “Congratulating India on achieving the milestone of being polio-free for three consecutive years, Pakistan has expressed the desire to benefit…

Nations Must Employ Multiple Tactics To Eliminate Polio By 2018

New York Times: Eradicating Polio Everywhere “It has been three years since the last new case of polio was reported in India. The country can now be declared polio-free. India’s victory is an important milestone in the global effort to eliminate polio. … But the viral disease remains a threat.…

USAID Official Speaks About U.S. Response To Typhoon Haiyan In Philippines

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” presents remarks made by USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Greg Beck at a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on the U.S. response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. “…The government of the Philippines has been building their capacity and their ability to respond quickly…

Indonesia Launches Universal Health Coverage Amid Public Enthusiasm, Caution From Experts

IRIN: Hopes and fears as Indonesia rolls out universal health care “The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care. The government aims to have every Indonesian covered by health insurance by…

Stigma Remains Barrier To HIV Treatment For Sex Workers In Myanmar

IRIN: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains In Myanmar, “[d]espite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services…” (1/14).