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Mosquito-Borne Viruses Reach Japan, U.S.

New York Times: Mosquito-Borne Viruses Hit Japan and the U.S. “Mosquito-borne viruses are showing up unexpectedly in affluent countries where they have been largely unknown. Yoyogi Park, a popular oasis in downtown Tokyo, was closed last week after authorities realized it was the center of Japan’s first outbreak of dengue…

Indian Government Criticized For ‘Merging’ AIDS Department With Larger Health Department

The Lancet: India’s AIDS department merger angers activists “The Indian Government has come under fire for shutting down its AIDS department. The Department of AIDS Control (DAC), which is an independent unit in the health ministry, is responsible for overseeing the activities of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). NACO…

Changing Attitudes Critical To Solving India’s Sanitation Problem

New York Times: India’s Sanitation Needs Editorial Board “India may finally be on the verge of making progress on eradicating one of its most intractable problems: open defecation because of a lack of toilets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves credit for focusing on the scourge. But it will take more…

India Faces HIV/AIDS Drug Shortages As Drug Makers Halt Supplies

Reuters: India battles HIV/AIDS drug shortage as some firms halt supply “India is facing a shortage of HIV/AIDS drugs provided under the government’s free medicine program after some drug makers halted supplies due to delayed payments, leaving thousands of patients without treatment, activists said…” (Siddiqui, 9/4).

Bangladesh Sees Success In Sanitation Efforts; India Still Struggles

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to stop open defecation? Even if you build a toilet, they may not come “Bangladesh and India have long tried to stop people from defecating in outdoor public places — a practice that spreads fatal diseases — but Bangladesh has had much more success than the…

Nearly 3B Risk Ill Health From Household Air Pollution

Agence France-Presse: 2.8 bln risk ill health from home air pollution “Nearly three billion people risk ill health and early death merely from breathing the air in their homes that is polluted by fires made for cooking and heating, researchers said…”(9/3).

Experts Warn Drug-Resistant Malaria On Thai-Cambodian Border Could Spread

IRIN: ‘Third wave’ of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border “Public health experts and scientists warn history’s third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless ‘radical action’ is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment’s efficacy and pose containment challenges…” (8/29).

Afghan Hospital Treats Obstetric Fistula

Inter Press Service: Afghan ‘Torn’ Women Get Another Chance “…Alongside the health center in Badakhshan — 290 km northeast of Kabul — Malalai Maternity Hospital is the only health center in Afghanistan with a section devoted to coping with a disease [obstetric fistula] that is seemingly endemic to the most…