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Women In Nepal Banished During Menstruation Despite Law Banning Practice

The Guardian: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds “…Sofalta is one of thousands of girls and women in Nepal who practice Chhaupadi — banishment to a cattle shed or makeshift hut — because of so-called ‘impurity’ during menstruation or just after childbirth. … Although Chhaupadi was outlawed…

Pakistan, Afghanistan Begin Synchronized Polio Immunization Campaigns In Border Areas

Inter Press Service: Challenges of Polio Vaccination “Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries, have joined forces to eradicate poliomyelitis by vaccinating their children in synchronized campaigns. The two neighboring countries — sharing a 2,400 km long and porous border — have been bracketed as the stumbling block in…

Indian Pharmaceutical Companies Working To Develop Childhood Pneumococcal Vaccines

Livemint: Pneumonia vaccine: the new battleground for Indian drug makers “…Tergene is not alone in the race to make the pediatric vaccine. Big Indian vaccine names such as Pune-based Serum Institute of India Ltd and New Delhi-based Panacea Biotec Ltd are also developing [pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs)]. Serum and Panacea…

Increasing Access To Sanitation, Clean Water Essential To Improving Child Nutrition In Indonesia

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Achieving Total Sanitation in Indonesia Amit Chandra, emergency physician and health systems strengthening adviser for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, discusses efforts by the U.S. and Indonesian governments to increase access to safe drinking water, reduce stunting, and improve the health and nutrition of children in…

Washington Post Examines Path Of Zika From South Pacific To U.S.

Washington Post: Zika’s terrifying path “…Crossing four continents since the first major outbreak nine years ago, Zika’s painful path now touches an Olympic runner in California, and before her a nurse from Indiana, pregnant women in Colombia, a misshapen infant in Brazil, immunologists in Bethesda, Md., all the way back…

Lack Of Funding Threatens Vietnam’s Successful Campaign To Treat, Cure TB

New York Times: Vietnam’s Battle With Tuberculosis “…Twenty-five years ago … Vietnam had nearly 600 cases of tuberculosis for every 100,000 residents. Today, it has less than 200. The country boasts a 90 percent cure rate for uncomplicated tuberculosis and cures 75 percent of its drug-resistant cases, easily beating the…

WHO Urges China To Strengthen Vaccine Market Regulation

Reuters: China needs tougher enforcement of vaccine regulation: WHO “China must strengthen regulation of its market for vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, after a bust of an illegal black market drugs ring this month underscored the country’s regulatory weaknesses…” (Jourdan, 3/28).

News Outlets Report On TB-Related Stories To Recognize World Day

The Guardian: New drugs could ease Myanmar’s crippling tuberculosis burden “…Now, there is new hope for patients. This month, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the National TB Programme (NTP) will start treating people with bedaquiline and delamanid. These are the first new TB drugs for half a century and it…

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