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PBS NewsHour Reports On Humanitarian Aid Coordination In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

PBS NewsHour reports on aid efforts in typhoon-hit Philippines. With support from the Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, correspondent Fred Sam De Lazaro examines how relief workers are coordinating food and other aid as it flows into Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas. “For now, relief…

Secretary Kerry Announces Additional U.S. Aid To Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“After touring miles of roofless homes and shattered shantytowns destroyed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that additional American humanitarian aid would be sent to the Philippines and described the giant typhoon as a warning of future extreme weather…

China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,'” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965…

Washington Post Profiles CDC Medical Officer Who Worked On India’s Polio Campaign

The Partnership for Public Service/Washington Post published a profile of Hamid Jafari, a medical officer with the CDC who worked with the WHO in India to manage the country’s program to eradicate polio. “He is now in Geneva, Switzerland, working on programs to eradicate polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria,”…

Leadership Like Mandela’s Can Help Transform HIV/AIDS Epidemic Globally

“We are indebted to [Nelson] Mandela for his leadership role in making HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa an issue that the world could no longer ignore. Mr. Mandela’s speech at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 changed the course of the epidemic in both his country and the continent,”…

Security Concerns Hampering Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

Al Jazeera examines how “security concerns and negotiated access” are threatening Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts, writing, “Since July 2012, 31 people have been killed in Taliban-led attacks on anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan.” The news service notes, “Most recently, two policemen providing security to polio vaccinators in Swabi were killed when…

Malaysian Authorities Working To Contain Dengue Fever Outbreak

“At least five people have died from dengue fever this month in Malaysia, where authorities are struggling to contain an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus that claims hundreds of lives annually in Southeast Asia,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. “The total number of dengue deaths…

Activists In India React To Supreme Court’s Decision To Reinstate Gay Sex Ban

“Human rights have taken a step back in India, activists say after the Supreme Court overturned a ruling of the High Court that had earlier lifted the ban on gay sex,” Inter Press Service reports. “Many people in India, not necessarily from the LGBT community, believe the upholding of Section…

Arogya World Blog Post Summarizes 2013 NCD Work In India

The Arogya World blog reflects on their work in 2013 to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), writing, “In 2013, we have made great progress on our advocacy goals and on-the-ground work in India, delivering on promises made and taking up new challenges.” The blog summarizes some of Arogya World’s initiatives, including…

Two Policemen, Polio Worker Killed In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

“Two policemen and a polio worker were killed by gunmen in separate incidents in restive northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said,” the Los Angeles Times reports (Ali/Magnier, 12/13). “In the first attack Friday, gunmen opened fire on two officers as they were riding on a motorcycle to the town of…