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Pregnant Women Among IDPs In Need Of Urgent Care In Pakistan

Inter Press Service: Displacement Spells Danger for Pregnant Women in Pakistan “…In northern Pakistan, a military campaign aimed at ridding the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Taliban militants has led to a humanitarian crisis for hundreds of thousands of civilians. … With thousands of women now clamoring for care,…

Recurrent Floods Putting Pressure On India As Nation Tries To Reach MDG Targets

Inter Press Service: Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress “…Now, the long-term impacts of such natural disasters [as flooding] are proving to be a thorn in the side of [the Indian] government that is racing against time to meet its commitments under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of…

Study Finds Gap Between India’s Official Dengue Statistics, Actual Disease Burden

News outlets report on the findings of a study in India that show official data on dengue underestimate the disease’s burden. The Economist: The billion-dollar disease “Just because statistics are official does not mean they can be trusted. Take India, where official reported cases of dengue fever look hopelessly inadequate.…

Indian PM Modi Launches ‘Clean India Mission’ To Improve Sanitation

Reuters: Modi aims to shake up sanitation with Clean India drive “…On Thursday, a holiday for Gandhi’s birthday, [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission, to modernize sanitation within five years…” (Nair, 10/2).

U.S.-India Partnership Must Include Engagement In Public Health

Huffington Post: Fulfilling the U.S. and India’s Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health Akash Goel, resident physician in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the United States has ushered in a wave of newly found interest and enthusiasm in U.S.-India engagement. There…

South Asians With NTD Lymphatic Filariasis Suffer Economically, Socially

The Guardian: South Asians with ‘neglected diseases’ pay high economic and social price “…About 1.3 billion people are at risk from this ‘neglected disease of the poor’ [lymphatic filariasis (LF)] and 120 million people are affected, living with varying degrees of disability caused by chronic swelling of the extremities or…