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U.N. Calls For $111M To Fund Humanitarian Activities In North Korea

U.N. News Centre: U.N. calls for $111 million to address urgent humanitarian priorities in DPR Korea “The United Nations [Wednesday] called for some $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) in 2015, covering activities in food and agriculture, health and nutrition, and water…

Health Care Privatization Can Lead To Unethical Medical Practices

The Guardian: I’ve seen first-hand how palliative care in India is compromised by privatization Hannah Fox, general practice trainee currently working in India “…India is a stark example of how commodifying health care can lead to corruption, erode doctors’ integrity, and damage relationships with patients. Money ultimately distorts decision making…

India’s Prime Minister Launches New Index To Monitor Air Quality In 10 Cities

Associated Press: Modi blames changing lifestyles for India’s rising pollution “Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday blamed the changing lifestyles that have come with India’s economic development for rising pollution levels that have given the country some of the world’s dirtiest air. With his government rolling out a new air…

International Partnership, Cooperation Brings Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine To More Children

Devex: New Japanese encephalitis vaccine ‘a historic moment for global health’ Lance Gordon, director for neglected infectious diseases in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The new [Chinese developed and manufactured Japanese encephalitis] vaccine is now available [through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] to the world’s…

Pfizer Ceases Sale Of Children’s Vaccine In China

Agence France-Presse: Pfizer stops sale of children’s vaccine in China “American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has stopped selling one of its lucrative vaccines for children in China, the company said. Pfizer gave no explanation for stopping its sales of the Prevnar vaccine, which helps prevent infections such as pneumonia, which killed…

Smartphone Technology Helps Track Dengue Cases In Pakistan

Huffington Post: How Cellphones Helped to Dramatically Reduce New Cases of Dengue Fever in Pakistan Ravi Kumar, digital strategist at World Bank Group “…According to Logged On, Smart Government Solutions from South Asia, a report by the World Bank, the [Pakistan] government … came to the decision to use smartphones…

Engagement Of Global Community In China-Africa Health Collaboration Needed For Success

The Lancet: China-Africa Health Collaboration Editorial Board “The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration: Contributing to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Expanding Access to Essential Medicines … took place in Beijing last week (March 26–28). … The roundtable endorsed the Beijing Policy Recommendations 2015 — calling for collaboration to reflect…

System-Wide Approach Needed To Improve Road Safety In India

The Lancet: India needs shift in thinking to improve road safety Dinesh C. Sharma, journalist, columnist, and author based in New Delhi “A new road safety law is under discussion in India but experts worry that it won’t go far enough to address the country’s huge burden of road traffic…