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Anti-Polio Campaign Faces Challenges As Conflict Escalates In Afghanistan

Reuters: Amid Afghanistan’s escalating war, a battle to beat polio “Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children…” (Mahr/Harooni, 8/21).

Despite Anti-Child Marriage Law, India Home To One In Three Child Brides Globally

Inter Press Service: India: Home to One in Three Child Brides “…A recent United Nations report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ found that, despite the existence of a stringent anti-child marriage law, India ranks sixth among countries with the highest prevalence of child marriages across the globe…”…

Indonesia Hosting Global Health Security Agenda Meeting

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Indonesia Takes a Leadership Position in the Global Health Security Agenda William Hawley, country director for CDC-Indonesia, writes, “… As one of the early countries to take a leadership role in the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda, the Government of Indonesia will welcome senior health and…

Malaria Consortium Works To Prevent Dengue’s Spread In Asia

The Guardian: Q&A: over two billion people at risk from dengue “…Malaria Consortium has been carrying out a number of projects in Asia to help reduce the burden of dengue. We spoke to Jeffrey Hii, the senior vector control specialist for Malaria Consortium in Asia, to find out more…” (8/20).

USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch $100M Fund For Disaster Resiliency In Asia, Africa

News outlets report on a new partnership between USAID and the Rockefeller Foundation to help Asia and Africa better cope with disasters and crises. Thomson Reuters Foundation: USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund for Asia, Africa “A $100 million fund launched by two U.S. organizations on Tuesday aims…

IRIN Reports From Transgender Health Symposium In Bangkok

IRIN reports from the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok. IRIN: Right to dignity — barriers to health care for transgenders “…From being labelled as having a disorder to shouldering the burden of some of the highest rates of violence and HIV infection in the…

Cholera Outbreak Fears Mount After Flooding In Nepal

Agence France-Presse: Nepal floods kill 101 as cholera fears mount “The death toll from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers found four more bodies, officials said Monday, as they battled to prevent a cholera outbreak…” (8/18).

Mobile Technology Being Used To Improve MCH In Asia

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound”: Cell Phones — The Future of Rural Health Care in South Asia In a guest post, Becky Allen, the women and foreign policy intern at CFR, and Jenna Karp, the global health governance intern at CFR, discuss how mobile technology is being used to…

Reforming India’s Food Aid Program Is Good Solution

Forbes: India’s Welcome Reform Of Its Ghastly Food Aid Program Tim Worstall, fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London “India is making essential changes to the way that it operates its food aid program for the poor. Essentially, instead of trying to provide food itself to poor people, [the…