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More Effort Needed To Improve Myanmar’s Family Planning Services

IRIN: Burmese family planning left behind “Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s health care system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need. … At 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, Myanmar’s maternal mortality rate is one of…

U.N. SG Ban Visits Philippines, Calls For More International Support For Typhoon Victims

In two articles, the U.N. News Centre reports on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the Philippines, where he pledged the U.N.’s support and urged the donor community to step up their recovery plans. U.N. News Centre: Ban urges international community to boost support for Philippines typhoon recovery plan “United…

Number Of Dengue Deaths In Malaysia Double In 2013

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Up in Malaysia “Deaths from dengue in Malaysia shot up [in 2013], doubling that of 2012, as the tropical country battles with a raging mosquito-borne virus that claims hundreds of lives annually in Southeast Asia…” (Gangopadhyay, 12/28).

H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Outside Mainland China To Hong Kong, Taiwan

News outlets report on the emergence of H7N9 bird flu in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Wall Street Journal: Taiwan Confirms Second Human Bird-Flu Case “Taiwan confirmed its second human case of the H7N9 bird flu Tuesday, a sign that the deadly virus is spreading further beyond mainland China…” (Poon, 12/31).…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Agencies In Rome Discusses Hunger, Food Security In Cambodia

David Lane, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Italy, writes in the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog about a recent trip to Cambodia, where his delegation examined food security and hunger. “Those of us who cheer the major strides forward in agricultural productivity, and the increasing awareness…

Afghanistan Faces Increasing Hunger Among Children, Aims To Boost Food Security

News outlets examine hunger and food insecurity in Afghanistan. New York Times: Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis “Afghan hospitals like Bost, in the capital of war-torn Helmand Province, have been registering significant increases in severe malnutrition among children. … Reasons for the increase remain uncertain, or in dispute. Most…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The following summarizes opinion pieces and an editorial addressing efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Los Angeles Times: Polio’s war foothold Nancy Aossey, president and chief executive of International Medical Corps; and William Garvelink, the group’s senior adviser for global strategy “The polio resurgence is preventable and it is time to…

Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccine Worker In Pakistan; Two Others Wounded

News outlets report on the killing of a polio vaccine worker in Pakistan and how the Taliban is hindering efforts to eradicate the disease. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan “Gunmen shot dead a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign after storming a hospital where children were…

Efforts Increasing To Treat Cancer In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

News outlets examine efforts to improve access to cancer treatments in Malawi and India. Financial Times: Cancer eclipsed as global donors focus on other diseases “…The international focus on HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — with billions of dollars spent annually under the umbrella of the UN Millennium Development Goals –…