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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…

GlobalPost Examines Cambodia’s Mental Health Crisis

GlobalPost: Cambodia suffers from an appalling mental health crisis “…In 2012, in a first attempt to define the scope of Cambodia’s mental health crisis, the Royal University of Phnom Penh interviewed 2,600 people. More than 27 percent showed acute anxiety, and 16.7 percent suffered from depression. … [However,] mental health…

Laos Marks ASEAN Dengue Day As Country Enters Wet Season

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Laos marks ASEAN Dengue Day “Officials have gathered here in the capital [of Laos] to mark ASEAN Dengue Day and urge vigilance against the mosquito-borne disease as Laos enters its wet season on Tuesday…” (6/17).

Chile, China, Morocco Make Progress Against Hunger, Malnutrition, FAO Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. recognizes Chile, China, and Morocco for progress on fighting hunger, malnutrition “Chile, China, and Morocco [on Monday] joined a growing group of countries that are making successful strides in fighting hunger and malnutrition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced [Monday]…” (6/16).

Wall Street Journal Examines Quest For Universal Health Care In India

Wall Street Journal: Is Universal Health Care Possible? “…’It’s not something that can be done overnight,’ said India’s new Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to the Wall Street Journal on the government’s pledge to create a universally affordable health care system in a country that struggles to provide even basic medical…

U.N. Official Stresses Need For Improved Humanitarian Access In Myanmar

U.N. News Centre: Myanmar: senior U.N. official urges greater access to people in need of humanitarian aid “The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator today stressed the need for improved access to people in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, as she wrapped up a visit to the states of…

Bangladesh Reports First Case Of MERS

Reuters: Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection “Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi…” (Paul, 6/15).

The Economist Examines Nutrition In China

The Economist examines nutrition in China, where economic growth is preventing widespread malnutrition but increasing obesity rates. The Economist: Malnutrition: The hungry and forgotten “…China used to have more undernourished people than anywhere in the world except India: about 300 million, or 30 percent of the population in 1980. Economic…

Flood-Hit Solomon Islands Face Disease Outbreaks; Australia Offers More Funding

News outlets report on disease outbreaks in the Solomon Islands after devastating flooding in April, as well as funding for relief efforts. Australia News Network: Australia gives further $2 million to help Solomon Islands rebuild after floods “The Australian government says it is providing a further $2 million to help…