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India Needs Real Reform To Address High Suicide Rate, Mental Health ‘Crisis’

New York Times: India’s Mental Health Crisis Editorial Board “On Oct. 10, the government of India announced an ambitious new policy to provide universal mental health services. … India has the highest number of suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000 suicides recorded worldwide in…

State Department Blog Posts Discuss Ebola Response Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Continuing The Fight Against Ebola Nasserie Carew, senior adviser and acting deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs, highlights a new State Department podcast series, titled “Fighting Ebola.” The series features interviews with U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac, former UNMEER head Anthony Banbury,…

USAID Official Outlines Disaster Response Lessons Learned 10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Lessons Learned a Decade after the Indian Ocean Tsunami Nancy Lindborg, USAID’s assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, discusses USAID’s response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and outlines “six lessons that inform the way we respond to disasters a decade” later (12/26).

Disaster-Induced Deaths Rise Threefold In Asia-Pacific Over Last Decade

U.N. News Centre: Asia-Pacific report: World’s most disaster prone region experiences three-fold rise in deaths “…Published by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the annual report showed that disaster-induced deaths in the Asia-Pacific region rose more than three-fold between in the past decade, largely…

Cambodians Infected With HIV In Remote Village Likely Caused By Contaminated Needles

Agence France-Presse: Cambodia village reports mass HIV/AIDS infection “Cambodian health authorities on Tuesday said more than 80 people — including children and the elderly — who tested positive for HIV/AIDS in a single remote village may have been infected by contaminated needles…” (12/16). Radio Free Asia: More Than 80 Cambodian…