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Al Jazeera America Examines Malaria In India

Al Jazeera America: Revealed: The malaria crisis India doesn’t want to acknowledge “…The country’s revamped national malaria program is on par with the standard of global care. But its record-keeping has few admirers: last year the government recorded only 561 deaths due to malaria, while an independent estimate earlier in…

Drug-Resistant TB Creating Health Care, Funding Challenges For Papua New Guinea

ABC Online: Tuberculosis outbreak in Papua New Guinea worsens, as health workers plead for promised funding “…More than 160 of the 15,000 people living on the island of Daru, near the PNG-Australia border, have drug-resistant tuberculosis — the highest rate in the world. The PNG government has not yet delivered…

Gavi CEO Berkeley Speaks About India’s Childhood Immunization Efforts In Interview

Indian Express: Success against polio has emboldened India’s immunization drive: Dr. Seth Berkeley “Dr. Seth Berkeley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is currently in India and has inked an agreement for $500 million to support India’s immunization drive. [In this interview,] Berkeley shares his views on the government’s engagement…

Philippines’ Elimination Of National Contraception Program Funding Will Have Negative Impacts, Advocates Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Philippines contraception funding cut will fuel HIV and maternal deaths: activists “The Philippines legislature’s decision to eliminate funding for contraception will fuel HIV infections, maternal deaths, and teen pregnancies, particularly among poor girls and women, reproductive rights advocates said on Friday. The decision to cut the $21…

China Develops 2 Vaccines For More Severe Form Of Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations’ “Impatient Optimists”: Severe Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is now vaccine-preventable (at least in China)! Melvin Sanicas, global health fellow and program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses China’s development of two vaccines for hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), which…

Philippines Legislature Removes Contraceptive Funding From National Budget, Health Secretary Says

Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Philippines axes contraceptive budget “The legislature in the mainly Catholic Philippines has axed the government’s budget for contraceptives, despite a law mandating that the state should provide them to the poor. The health secretary, Janette Garin, confirmed on Wednesday that the department’s 2016 budget for contraceptives had…

Gavi CEO Berkley, India PM Modi Meet To Discuss 5-Year Strategic Partnership

PTI/Economic Times: Gavi CEO meets PM, discusses strategic partnership in vaccine “Gavi, a global vaccine alliance, proposes to have a new strategic partnership with India for 2016-2021, which will see further fund support of up to $500 million to accelerate the introduction of modern vaccines for all children in the…

Nearly 1 In 7 People At Risk Of Malaria In India, WHO Report Shows

TNN/Times of India: 1 in 7 Indians is at risk of malaria, says WHO report “The World Health Organization says close to one in seven people in India are at risk of contracting malaria. … The report, based on the data collated by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme…