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Pakistan Works To Contain Polio, Issues Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the spread of polio in Pakistan and the country’s efforts to contain the disease. Al Jazeera: Vaccination workers under fire “Anti-Western sentiment threatens to reverse progress made in polio vaccination roll-outs in Karachi…” (Crilly, 5/7). New York Times: Pakistan: Province Bars Entry to Those Not Vaccinated…

Save The Children Releases Annual State Of The World’s Mothers Report

News outlets report on findings from Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report, which was released on Monday. Agence France-Presse/Global Post: Somalia worst place to be a mother “Somalia is the worst country on Earth to be a mother, according to a report published by Save the…

Belief In Witchcraft Undermining Health Care In Papua New Guinea

IRIN: Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service “…[S]tories [of people being treated by traditional healers because they believe they are cursed] are not uncommon in [Papua New Guinea (PNG)], a largely traditional society with 836 languages and where belief in witchcraft or sanguma as it is known in Tok Pisin,…

Disaster Relief Network In Philippines Concerned About Onset Of Typhoon Season

Devex: Nowhere to run James Shepherd-Barron, disaster management consultant, disaster epidemiologist, and Shelter Cluster coordinator in the Philippines “…Within a week after [Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines], the organizations that together form the Shelter Cluster had distributed tarpaulins, blankets, mats, and cooking sets to 35,000 of the worst-affected families. ……

Deaths Rise As Aid Cuts Affect Health Care Access For Myanmar’s Rohingya

New York Times: Death Stalks Muslims as Myanmar Cuts Off Aid “…The crisis began with the government’s expulsion of Doctors Without Borders, one of the world’s premier humanitarian aid groups and the lifeline to health care for more than a million Rohingya increasingly denied those services by their own government.…

Health Workers In Pakistan Battle Polio, Militants

Foreign Policy: SWAT M.D. “…Ever since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover in its hunt for Osama Bin Laden, real medical professionals have found themselves in the crosshairs in Pakistan. The Taliban have banned immunizations and accused those attempting to deliver medical services in the tribal areas of…

U.N. Calls Upon Countries In SE Asia To Coordinate Action For MCH

Jakarta Post: WHO calls for coordinated action to save mothers, children “Three world agencies — the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) — call upon countries in Southeast Asia to ensure the survival of and improved quality of…

NTD Program Suffers Setbacks From Lack Of Funding

SciDev.Net: Funding crunch hits neglected diseases plan “The Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) program — a global collaborative initiative supported by the Indian government to find affordable treatment for neglected tropical diseases — has suffered a temporary setback due to a funds crunch caused by tardy submission of funding estimates…”…

Pulitzer Center Report Examines Health Care In India

Pulizter Center on Crisis Reporting: India’s Health Care Crisis “Journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photojournalist Sami Siva report on a broad cross-section of urban and rural health care issues in West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh, including the routine discrimination against patients with HIV/AIDS in state hospitals, a promising public…

WFP Will Support Yemen During Country’s Peace Process

Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP at turning point for politics and humanitarianism in Yemen Bishow Parajuli, country director and representative of the U.N. World Food Programme in Yemen “This is a critical time for Yemen. After the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference in January, the country is taking concrete steps…