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Health Affairs Series Examines Quality Of Health Care In India, Challenges

Health Affairs: Quality Of Health Care In India The October 2016 issue of Health Affairs features several articles examining various aspects of health care in India, including trends in child and maternal mortality, models for cataract care, and data usage in a large hospital insurance program (October 2016).

Thailand Makes Abortion Legal For Women Carrying Fetuses With Serious Zika-Linked Defects

International Business Times: Thailand makes Zika-linked abortions legal as fears over microcephaly rise “Thai authorities have decided that pregnant women infected with Zika virus can undergo abortion without legal consequences. After much deliberation doctors decided to ease the stringent laws, Thailand’s child health unit said on 5 October…” (Ray, 10/6).…

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Receives Market Approval In 11 Countries

Reuters: Sanofi’s dengue vaccine approved in 11 countries “Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccines unit, said on Tuesday that its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, had received market approval in eleven countries. To date the vaccine has been approved in Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand, and…

WHO Urges Stronger Action Against Zika As Thailand Reports Cases of Linked Microcephaly; Thailand Weighs Testing Pregnant Women

Reuters: Thailand considers Zika tests for all pregnant women “Thailand is considering testing all pregnant women for Zika, the health ministry said on Monday, following confirmation last week of its first known cases of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size, linked to the Zika virus…” (Lefevre/Thepgumpanat, 10/3).…

October 2016 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The October 2016 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various topics including articles on training health workers to provide mental health care in the eastern Mediterranean, the impact of adding maternal and child health interventions to India’s mass…

Questions Surround Report Of Maternal Mortality Spike In China

New York Times: Reported Spike in Maternal Deaths Spurs Questions in China “Did China’s maternal mortality rate surge by nearly one-third in the first half of 2016, as a top health official reportedly said this week? An anxious, skeptical debate has broken out over the drastically higher figure, announced by…

U.S. Issues Travel Advisory For SE Asia As Thailand Reports First Cases Of Zika-Linked Microcephaly; U.S. Health Official Says Zika-Related Birth Defects Likely Will Be Higher Than Anticipated

Agence France-Presse: First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly “Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect…” (9/30). Associated Press: Thailand…

Delhi Faces Annual Outbreaks Of Dengue, Chikungunya During Monsoon Season

Associated Press: In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya “…The cycle of illness and packed hospital ‘fever clinics’ plays out every year as monsoon rains fill puddles and open drains in the teeming city, creating swarms of mosquitoes that thrive in the warm, damp weather. Some years it’s mainly…

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