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Health Experts Call For TB Public Health Emergency Declaration In Papua New Guinea

News outlets report on the findings of a study on tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea that prompted health experts to call for a public health emergency declaration. Australia Network News: Experts call for tuberculosis to be named public health emergency in Papua New Guinea “Health experts are calling for tuberculosis…

Philippines Urges Muslims To Reconsider Hajj; U.N. Says Most MERS Cases Are Preventable

News outlets discuss concerns surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj “The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority on Thursday to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there…”…

Gates Foundation Sets Sights On Stopping Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation…

Panel Of Experts Discusses Improving Prenatal Care In Developing Nations

Medill News Service/United Press International: Poor prenatal care driving change in developing nations “Contraception, health care coverage, abortion-rights debates — the dominating issues in the women’s health debate in the United States also resonate internationally, especially in developing countries and areas with low resources. … [A] panel Tuesday at the…

Health Care Costs In Afghanistan Force Many Further Into Poverty

IRIN: Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt “The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost…

Bangladesh Aims To Improve Maternal Health With Text, Voice Messages

IRIN: Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap “Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services…

Countries Look To Innovative Methods To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases

News outlets report on different ways researchers and health officials are trying to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. Bloomberg Businessweek: Mosquitoes With Lethal Genes to Help Brazil Fight Dengue “…Brazil will probably be the first nation to approve large-scale releases of male mosquitoes with a lethal gene that causes their offspring to…

Blog Posts Highlight Maternal, Child Health Efforts In Nepal, Rwanda

Two “Impatient Optimists” blog posts discuss maternal and child health. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Saving Lives in Nepal Praveen Mishra, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population in Nepal, discusses factors that contribute to Nepal’s success in maternal and…

Sri Lanka Turning To Weather Forecasting To Help Reduce Dengue’s Spread

Inter Press Service: Plagued By Dengue Fever, Sri Lanka Looks to the Weatherman “…Given that so many strategies have been tried and failed, experts are now suggesting that the authorities call in help from the national Meteorological Bureau as the latest weapon in the fight against the virus. Faseeha Noordeen,…

Meeting In S. Africa Prompts Media Coverage Of Issues Surrounding Maternal, Child Health

News outlets report on the Partners’ Forum 2014, sponsored by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and taking place this week in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as other issues surrounding maternal and child health. Agence France-Presse: High-birth Niger strives to lower maternal mortality “…The West African…