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India ‘Has Potential To Make Great Progress’ Toward Global TB Elimination

Huffington Post: TB Elimination: India can Lead the Way Madhukar Pai, associate professor and director of global health programs at McGill University, and Barry R. Bloom, professor and former dean of Harvard School of Public Health “As the Prime Minister of India speaks to the U.S. Congress this week, a…

India Needs To Take Steps To End HIV Transmission Through Blood Transfusions

BBC News: Viewpoint: Why blood transfusions are still giving Indians HIV Chapal Mehra, public health specialist “A recent news report on HIV transmission through blood transfusion in India has been the cause of much controversy. … We must recognize the two key issues at play here. First, India’s blood safety…

Thailand First Asian Nation To Eliminate Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission; Belarus, Armenia Also Reach Milestone, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Thailand first in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV: WHO “Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against the disease…” (6/8). Associated Press: Thailand, Belarus, Armenia eliminate mother-child HIV spread “…Cuba became…

India Should Reject Western Influences Urging Modifications To Its Drug Patent Laws

The Hill: Doctors Without Borders to India: Protect the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ Judit Rius Sanjuan, U.S. manager and legal policy adviser for the Access Campaign at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) “…In recent years, MSF has grown increasingly alarmed with the escalating efforts of U.S. industry groups, … which…

The Guardian Profiles Group Of Women Who Sell Contraceptives In Rural Pakistan

The Guardian: The ‘Avon ladies’ of Pakistan selling contraception door to door “From 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices. … Samina is a worker for the Marginalised Area Reproductive Health Viable Initiative –…

Pakistan Closer Than Ever To Eliminating Polio

Foreign Policy: Pakistan’s Quiet Revolution Against Polio “…Over the last 25 years, millions of health workers like Naseeba have gone to incredible lengths to vaccinate children against polio around the world. It is because of them that we’re now closer than ever to seeing this paralyzing disease wiped from the…

Turkish President Calls On Muslims To Reject Contraception To Promote Population Growth, Angering Women’s Rights Group

Agence France-Presse: Family planning not for Muslims, says Turkey’s Erdogan “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that family planning and contraception were not for Muslim families, in his latest comments promoting population growth that angered women’s activists…” (Williams, 5/30). Newsweek: Turkey’s Erdogan Calls on Muslims to Reject Birth…

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