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Officials To Meet In Thailand To Discuss Food Demands, Nutrition Gaps In Asia Pacific

“Representatives of the U.N., governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and private sector farming are expected to gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on [November 26] for a two-day forum on how to fill the Asia-Pacific’s growing food demands and nutrition gaps in a region more devastated by natural disasters than any other worldwide,”…

India’s Delay On Global Fund Grant Caused HIV Drug Shortages, Live Mint Reports

India’s “health ministry sat on a $187 million international grant offered to the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) for some 18 months, causing drug shortages that left about one million HIV-positive Indians treated under the program without drugs and testing kits for at least five of those months,” Live Mint…

Intensified Efforts To Diagnose, Treat TB Needed In Philippines

Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, “[l]ack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, which the Philippines Department of Health officials say are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon,” Kari Stoever, vice president of external affairs at Aeras, writes in the…

Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Relief Efforts In Philippines

The following is a summary of several opinion pieces from two authors published in separate blogs from The Guardian that discuss post-disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Cecil Laguardia, Poverty Matters Blog: “When we touched down in Tacloban, the desolation and bleakness seemed to engulf a wide area — it…

HIV Care Cascade Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

“The cascade of HIV care — an approach that links prevention outreach, testing and treatment services across a continuum of care — helps identify the key opportunities to improve services to stop the spread of HIV. This tool has come to Vietnam at a critical time,” Ward Cates, president emeritus…

IRIN Examines Health Advancements In Bangladesh, Need For HIV Services Among Migrants

IRIN examines how Bangladesh has significantly improved some health indicators. The Lancet “recently published a series exploring Bangladesh’s surprising success, calling it ‘one of the great mysteries of global health,'” the news service writes. According to the series, non-governmental organization participation, improved access to health services, and the “growing participation…

Wired Examines Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan, Afghanistan

In a five-part feature in Wired magazine, journalist Matthieu Aikins examines efforts to eradicate polio, with a focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The global campaign [against polio], decades in the making, has come down to this: an all-out, very expensive effort to eliminate the last few problem areas in some…

Controversy Over TB Prize Shows ‘Diplomatic Challenges’ In Combating Disease, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal examines controversy surrounding “the Kochon Prize, a prestigious honor for major contributions to the fight against [tuberculosis (TB)].” The selection committee chose a Tibetan TB program, the newspaper notes. However, the prize recipient must be approved by the WHO director-general, and “the WHO administration, which advises…

New HIV Case Numbers Increasing In Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Report Says

“A report published by the [WHO’s] European office and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed a steady increase in new HIV cases over the last year, but by far the majority of cases were in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,” Reuters reports. More than “131,000 people…

U.N. Urges Breastfeeding Among Infants In Wake Of Philippines Typhoon Damage

“United Nations agencies are promoting breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children in the wake of the disaster wrought on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earlier this month,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “‘The estimated 12,000 babies to be born in the worst-affected areas this month need…

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