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More Efforts Needed To Sustain Decreasing Stunting Rates In Timor-Leste, Experts Say

Huffington Post: Stunting Stalls in Timor-Leste, Exposing ‘Human Infrastructure’ Investment Gap “New data indicate that stunting among under-five children is being reduced in Timor-Leste, but experts warn much greater investment is needed in areas such as micronutrient supplementation, salt iodization, and education to bring levels down further…” (Knight, 6/3).

Japan Agrees To Provide Food, Medical Aid To N. Korea With Caveats

Kyodo News International/GlobalPost: N. Korea asked Japan for food, medical aid in talks in May “During talks last week in Sweden, North Korea asked Japan to provide it with food and medical supplies, and Tokyo agreed as long as the assistance was provided through nongovernmental organizations or private-sector entities, a…

Al Jazeera America Examines Challenges To Preventing, Treating TB In Vietnam

Al Jazeera America: TB is a ‘neglected disease’ in Vietnam despite death toll “Tuberculosis, or TB, is the world’s second-deadliest infectious disease and kills 1.4 million people every year, according to the World Health Organization. While its bacteria are easily transmitted through the air, the disease can be readily treated…

Blog Examines How Mumbai Is Preventing, Treating Drug-Resistant TB

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: When XDR-TB spread in Mumbai, “lots of togetherness” led to a path of solutions Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, writes about how Mumbai TB officer Minni Khetarpal is preventing…

U.N. Releases $1.8M In Humanitarian Aid To Solomon Islands

Solomon Star: U.N. releases $13.1m for flood relief work “The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization…

China Can Be Model For ‘Implementing Sustainable, Effective Tobacco Control Policies’

Huffington Post: World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco Control Offers Proven Public Health Benefits — Will China Seize the Opportunity? Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at RabinMartin, and Ambassador Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at the American Cancer Society “…China alone has an estimated 300 million smokers — nearly…

Pakistan Should Implement Strong Laws Preventing Child Marriage

The Guardian: Pakistan’s slow but steady progress on ending child marriage Mohammad Zia-ur-Rahman, founder and chief executive of the Awaz Foundation Pakistan “The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), one of Pakistan’s most influential religious and constitutional bodies, has announced that girls are ready for marriage the moment they reach puberty.…

Public Health Programs ‘Should Be Politically Neutral’

The Lancet: Polio eradication: the CIA and their unintended victims “…On May 16, 2014, the White House announced that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for espionage. The news comes in the wake of a series of militant attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan,…

U.N. To Develop Sanitation Center In SE Asia By July

Devex: U.N. setting up sanitation center in Southeast Asia “The United Nations looks set to develop a sanitation and wastewater management center in Southeast Asia by July to better educate stakeholders — particularly policymakers and implementers — and boost WASH programs in the region…” (Santos, 5/28).