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Myanmar Working To Improve Access To HIV Treatment, IRIN Reports

IRIN reports on efforts to improve access to antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for people living with HIV in Myanmar, particularly in rural areas. “According to UNAIDS, there are about 220,000 people with HIV in Myanmar of whom 120,000 are in need of ARVs,” the news service writes, adding, “From 2011 to…

Midwives Play Important Role In Reducing Maternal Morbidity, Mortality In Afghanistan

“Midwives are an integral and inseparable component of the health care delivery system …, play[ing] a vital role in improving maternal and neonatal health worldwide,” public health consultant Aziz Baig writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens…

Indian Government Deserves Praise For Food Security Bill

“To legislate food as a right for every citizen in a country is a bold step for our nation, and with 810 million people expected to benefit from the biggest program in the world to fight hunger, we hope that no child will ever go to bed hungry again,” Jayakumar…

India’s Upper House Of Parliament Approves National Food Security Bill

India’s upper house of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, “late on Monday night passed the National Food Security Bill by voice vote after an almost 10-hour-long debate,” the Hindustan Times reports. “The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill and so it now needs the president’s assent to become a law,”…

PRI’s ‘The World’ Examines Hypertension In Developing World

PRI’s “The World” examines the issue of hypertension in the developing world, noting “[a] recently published study shows that, globally, high blood pressure causes more early deaths than any other preventable risk factor, including smoking, obesity, and childhood malnutrition.” The news service highlights Cambodia as an example, noting “high blood…

IPS Interviews IFRC’s Chatterjee About Global Polio Response

Noting “Africa and Pakistan are now battling outbreaks of polio, threatening the extraordinary progress the world has made in fighting the almost-extinct disease,” Inter Press Service interviews Siddharth Chatterjee — who “has served as the chief diplomat, head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the…

Global Fund Money Helping Myanmar Provide ART For More People

Al Jazeera examines how a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant is helping Myanmar provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) to its HIV-positive population. “Since 2010, when the Global Fund resumed work after pulling out of the country in 2005 due to government restrictions on its staff, Myanmar has…

Singapore Reports Recent Surge In Number Of Dengue Fever Infections

“Singapore has reported a jump in dengue fever infections in recent weeks, and the epidemic is likely to drag on for a few months longer than usual, according to experts,” the Wall Street Journal’s “South East Asia Real Time” blog reports. With more than 16,000 cases reported so far this year,…

Scores Of Children Sickened In India After Being Given Wrong Vaccine

“A government committee in the Indian state of West Bengal will submit its report Tuesday on a medical error that saw the wrong vaccine administered to more than a hundred children under the age of five,” TIME reports. “More than half of the children — who were vaccinated at a…

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