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Indian Government Likely To Increase Number Of Price-Capped Drugs, Sources Say

Reuters: Exclusive: India likely to extend price caps to more drugs — sources “The government of India is likely to raise the number of drugs deemed essential and subject to price caps, people directly involved in the process said. … The move would make the drugs more affordable in a…

New Study Maps H7N9 Avian Flu Risk In Asia

New York Times: Mapping the Risk of Bird Flu’s Spread “A strain of bird flu that has infected at least 367 people in mainland China over the past year poses a threat to several other parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India, according to a new…

Indian Health Minister Questions Emphasis On Condom Use In AIDS Campaign

New York Times: Health Minister Questions Stress on Condoms in AIDS Fight “India’s new health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has said that he would like to see a change in the way that the government promotes awareness of AIDS and HIV, with more emphasis on ‘promoting the integrity of the…

India’s New Health Minister Vows To Provide Universal Health Coverage

The Lancet: New government gears up for India’s health challenges “Harsh Vardhan, India’s new health minister, has pledged to bring transparency in health care services and provide health insurance to all citizens. Vardhan, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon by qualification, is touted by many health experts as the pioneer…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 43 of the Global Fund News Flash reports from a regional workshop for South and East Asia on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model. A few participants share their insights on…

Thousands Of Women In Pakistan Suffer From Obstetric Fistula, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Obstetric Fistula Haunts Pakistani Women “…While virtually unheard of in the developed world, obstetric fistula is still common in many Asian and African countries: the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it affects nearly three million women annually. While country-specific data is harder to find, local experts…

Rohingya Facing Humanitarian, Health Crises In Burmese Camps

TIME: These Aren’t Refugee Camps, They’re Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in Them “…For years, the Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Burma, and have faced severe restrictions on marriage, employment, health care and education. Now, it seems, the Burmese authorities are determined to starve and sicken the…