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U.S.-Funded Hospital In Afghanistan Fails To Open

Reuters: Ambitious U.S. hospital project in Afghanistan faces failure “An ambitious U.S.-funded project to build hospitals in Afghanistan has run into the ground, with the largest hospital ever planned in the country unlikely to open in full, U.S. and Afghan officials said…” (Donati/Harooni, 3/5).

Global Fund Board Meets In Jakarta, Discusses New Funding Model

Jakarta Post: Global Fund to offer more flexible funding model “International funding institution the Global Fund has developed a new funding model to maximize the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. … The Indonesian health minister hoped that the new funding model could help accelerate the achievement of…

U.S. Expresses Concern Over India’s Proposal To Allow More Generic Drug Production

Reuters: U.S. fears for patents on next-generation drugs in India “The United States on Thursday voiced concern over protection of patents on safer and more effective next-generation medicines in India amid fears that authorities are considering allowing more Indian firms to make new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on…

Half Of All Children Under 5 In Afghanistan Suffer From Malnutrition

BBC News: Afghanistan: ‘Half of children’ suffering malnutrition “Half of all children under five in Afghanistan are suffering from the effects of malnutrition, according to estimations. After 13 years of Western military intervention and billions of dollars spent on aid, the United Nations says the situation is critical, especially in…

China Might Further Loosen Family Planning Policy, Official Says

The Guardian: China may opt for ‘two children’ policy in future, says senior official “After decades of enforcing a one-child policy, China may in the future allow every couple to have two children, a senior family planning official has said…” (Branigan, 3/4).

Drug-Resistant TB Cases Becoming More Prevalent In India, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: India Fights a Tougher TB “…For many [tuberculosis (TB) patients], lack of proper diagnosis and interrupted dosages are increasing their resistance to available drugs. Drug resistance is human-made — an iatrogenic disease resulting from mismanagement of TB, experts say. Drug-resistant TB can occur as a primary infection…

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…