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Micronutrient Supplements Can Improve Health, Survival Of Pregnant Women, Newborns

The Guardian: Supplements for pregnant women in Bangladesh to boost nutrition Klaus Kraemer, director of Sight and Life “…Two billion people worldwide live with a chronic shortage of vital micronutrients — a condition also known as hidden hunger. This public health crisis can have devastating health consequences — particularly for…

News Outlets Examine Challenges To Polio Elimination Efforts In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: How far is Pakistan willing to go to fight polio? “Pakistani police recently arrested nearly 500 parents for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. DW examines why vaccination efforts have failed up to this point…” (Haider, 3/3). National Geographic: Taliban…

Indian Government Will Not Scale Down Food Welfare Program, Prime Minister Says

Reuters: India will not cut multi-billion dollar food handout program — PM “India will not scale down its multi-billion dollar food welfare program that promises ultra-cheap rice and wheat to most of its people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday…” (Singh, 3/3).

U.N., Malaysian Health Officials Work To Repeal Fatwa Requiring All Muslim Women To Undergo FGM

VOA News: U.N., Malaysia Groups Seek to Repeal Fatwa Requiring FGM “In 2009, Malaysia’s National Fatwa Committee, the nation’s top Islamic council, required all Muslim women in the country to undergo female genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. … Government health officials who are in negotiations with Malaysia’s National…