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For India’s Hungry To Benefit From Food Security Bill, Government Must Approach Issue With ‘Genuine Seriousness’

Writing in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” economist Jayati Ghosh, the executive secretary of International Development Economics Associates (Ideas), examines the issue of food security in India, highlighting a national food bill currently up for debate in the country’s parliament. In its current form, the “final bill (.pdf) is a pale…

Polio Eradication Activities Can Help Improve Routine Immunization Efforts

Naveen Thacker, president-elect of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Beyond the value of face-to-face advocacy, the polio eradication effort [in India and elsewhere] opens the door for the delivery of all essential vaccines and health services in a…

H7N9 Flu Virus Less Deadly Than Originally Theorized, Researchers Say

“The H7N9 strain of bird flu that has killed 38 people in China since March is less deadly than had been supposed, according to the most detailed analysis of the outbreak so far,” conducted by researchers at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Hong…

India’s National Food Security Bill Will Not Promote Nutrition

“After decades of sponsoring an ineffective child nutrition program, [India's] Union government is on the verge of launching a National Food Security Bill (NFSB), which undermines India’s fight against malnutrition,” a LiveMint editorial states. “Despite giant strides in reducing both hunger and poverty over the past two decades, India has…

Association Of Southeast Asian Nations Recognizes Dengue Day

“Last week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional organization comprising 10 countries, celebrated Dengue Day …, an excellent way to raise awareness about the burden of dengue which infects [up to] 100 million people worldwide every year, three-quarters of them living in Asia and the Pacific,” Anupama…

Millionth Baby Born HIV-Free Celebrated On PEPFAR’s 10th Anniversary

This month in sub-Saharan Africa, the one-millionth infant will be born without HIV to a mother living with the virus, “thanks in large part” to PEPFAR, which is marking its 10th anniversary, Agence France-Presse reports. In an interview with AFP, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office…

Financial Times Examines Novartis’s Health Express Project In China

“As global pharmaceutical companies increasingly look to China and other emerging markets to make up for lackluster sales in the developed world, they are working to build an image as corporate good guys,” the Financial Times writes. The newspaper examines “Novartis’s Health Express project in Xinjiang — which has extended…

India Should Implement Population-Based HIV Testing

Noting the publication of a paper by Kartik Venkatesh of Brown University and Jessica Becker of Yale that asks “if it would be a good idea for the government of India to try, at regular intervals, to test the country’s population for HIV,” an editorial in The Economist states, “The…

Two Polio Volunteers Shot To Death In Northeastern Pakistan

“Two volunteers in a polio immunization campaign were shot to death on Sunday in the Swabi district of northeastern Pakistan, the police said,” the New York Times reports. “The two volunteers, one a local schoolteacher, were killed by two gunmen, the district police chief, Mian Saeed, said,” the newspaper notes…