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Indigenous Australians Continue To Be Disproportionately Affected By HIV, STIs, Study Shows

ABC Online: Indigenous HIV rates double while falling among wider population, new research shows “Indigenous Australians continue to be disproportionately represented in HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates compared to the wider population, new research has found…” (Mayers, 11/14). The Guardian: HIV infection rate in Indigenous men doubles in…

Polio Vaccination Teams In Afghanistan Helping World Close In On Elimination Goal

Los Angeles Times: This boy could be one of the world’s last victims of polio “…The narrow Sheltan valley [in Afghanistan], a haven for the Taliban and other insurgents along the border with Pakistan, is also one of the world’s last redoubts for the crippling childhood disease. There have been…

Myanmar Approves Food Aid For Embattled Rakhine State But More Access Needed, U.N. Says

Reuters: Myanmar allows food aid delivery to conflict-torn region “Myanmar is allowing the first food deliveries for more than four weeks to the troubled north of Rakhine state, the U.N. humanitarian agency announced on Monday, amid an ongoing military lockdown of the area. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of…

Researchers Identify Gene Marker For Piperaquine-Resistant Malaria In Cambodia

BBC News: Malaria drugs’ complete failure tracked “…Artemisinin resistance has been known about for years, but a recent rise in resistance to piperaquine as well means the main malaria treatment, taking both together, is starting to fail. International groups of researchers analyzed the DNA from hundreds of malaria parasites to…

IntraHealth International Working To Improve Micronutrient Supplementation Of Mothers, Children In Tajikistan

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Micronutrients Could Have Macro Effects for Health and Nutrition in Tajikistan Jon Thiele, IntraHealth International chief of party in Tajikistan, discusses the organization’s efforts to improve micronutrient supplementation in the country, where up to 35 percent of women of reproductive age are anemic and about 70 percent…

First Zika-Linked Microcephaly Cases Reported In Puerto Rico, Vietnam

New York Times: First Baby in Puerto Rico With Zika-Related Microcephaly Born “The first child in Puerto Rico with Zika-related microcephaly has been born, the territory’s secretary of health announced Friday…” (McNeil, 10/28). Reuters: Vietnam reports first microcephaly case likely linked to Zika — government agency “Vietnam’s health ministry on…

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