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Interruption Of Polio Transmission Possible Within 12 Months, WHO Says

The Guardian: Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organization “The World Health Organization is confident polio is in its dying days and could be eradicated within 12 months, despite challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the virus is still endemic and vaccination campaigns are…

‘All Players’ Must Work To Mitigate Bangladesh’s Arsenic Water Crisis

The Lancet: Bangladesh’s rural water scandal Editorial Board “Arsenic occurs naturally underground in parts of Bangladesh, and its contamination of rural water supplies first came to public attention more than two decades ago. Since then, the Bangladesh government supported by donor agencies (including UNICEF and the World Bank) have collaborated…

Philippines Launches First School-Based Dengue Fever Immunization Campaign

CNN: World’s first dengue fever vaccine launched in the Philippines “…The Philippines’ Department of Health launched a school-based immunization program in highly affected areas, making it the first country where the vaccine is commercially available…” (East, 4/6).

Doctors, Unlicensed Distribution Contribute To Antibiotic Resistance In India, Country’s Agriculture Ministry Says

Bloomberg: Quacks and Chemists Drive India’s Drug Resistance, Ministry Says “Doctors, unlicensed medical practitioners, and illicit drug sales are the main culprits behind antibiotic resistance in India, the country’s agriculture ministry said in a statement that shifted blame for the growing public health problem away from veterinarians…” (Pearson, 4/6).

Wall Street Journal Examines Questions Over Cigarette Health Warning Labels In India

Wall Street Journal: Will Larger Health Warnings Deter India’s Smokers? “India’s domestic cigarette makers have suspended production in a push-and-pull over the size of health warnings on cigarette packs. The government had asked the makers to display larger warnings on the packs, but after an ongoing legal tussle, tobacco companies…

Sanofi Program Aims To Provide 1M Filipino Children With Dengue Immunization

Financial Times: Sanofi to launch dengue mass vaccination program “Sanofi will launch the world’s first mass vaccination program for dengue fever in the Philippines on Monday, bringing to fruition a 20-year development process in which the French pharmaceuticals group has invested €1.5bn [$1.7 billion]. One million Filipino schoolchildren are to…

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