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Outbreak Of H5N1 Avian Flu In Cambodia Continues To Spread

“Cambodia’s outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza continues apace as the summer wears on, with a three-year-old boy becoming the 14th victim this year and the 35th case confirmed in the Southeast Asian nation since records began to be kept,” GlobalPost reports. “Avian influenza has been an issue in Cambodia for…

Vietnam Expresses Concern That Donor Cuts In HIV/AIDS Funding Will Hamper Progress, IRIN Reports

“The Vietnamese government warns that multi-million dollar donor cutbacks could undermine progress in the country’s HIV/AIDS services,” IRIN reports. “More than 70 percent of Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS response comes from international donors, which plan to reduce or phase out projects due to the country’s new middle-income status and the global financial…

India Out Of Pediatric TB Medicines, HIV Testing Kits, MSF Warns

“India’s public health system has run out of life-saving tuberculosis medicines for children and critical testing kits for AIDS patients, causing an outcry among patient groups who warn that the shortages could cost lives and worsen problems of drug resistance,” the Financial Times reports. “Leena Menghaney, Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]…

Taliban Ban On Vaccines In Pakistan Affecting Children’s Health

Inter Press Service examines how Taliban control is threatening the lives of children in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), writing, “[T]he Taliban have imposed a complete ban on all vaccines against preventable childhood diseases, including polio — sometimes referred to simply as ‘infantile paralysis’ due to its crippling effects…

India Should Work To Improve Public Health System In Order To Curb Malnutrition

“Poor sanitation and high morbidity are two key factors explaining India’s high malnutrition burden,” a LiveMint editorial states, adding, “India’s flawed food policy — which has focused solely on cereals such as rice and wheat at the expense of pulses, fruits and vegetables — and stark gender inequality, which causes…

Siberian Mobile Clinic Initiative Works To Treat Drug-Resistant TB, NPR Reports

As part of an ongoing series on tuberculosis (TB), NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program examine an initiative working to treat drug-resistant TB in Siberia, noting, “In parts of Siberia, nearly 30 percent of all tuberculosis cases aren’t treatable by two of the most potent medications, the [WHO]…

Philippines Supreme Court Hears Arguments For, Against Reproductive Health Law

“The Philippines Supreme Court began hearing a last-ditch attempt to block the controversial, long-awaited Reproductive Health Law on Tuesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “The Philippines Congress passed the RH bill, which requires authorities down to village level to provide free or low-cost reproductive health services, in December, ending some 13 years…