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Physician Working To Raise Awareness Of, Action On Viral Hepatitis In Asia Pacific

Hundreds of millions of people are living with viral hepatitis in the Asia Pacific region, “but getting the disease on the health policy agenda of some of the worst affected countries has not been easy,” The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog reports. Robert Gish, co-founder of the Coalition to…

India’s Government Working To Improve Newborn Survival

“Before you finish reading this, another baby in India will be born who does not live to see tomorrow,” Rajiv Tandon, a senior adviser for maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition at Save the Children India, writes in a Thomas Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “In fact, India today accounts for…

World Hepatitis Day Aims To Raise Awareness Of, Action On Viral Infections

“Only one-third of the world’s countries have national strategies for viral hepatitis, the [WHO said Wednesday,] urging governments to scale up measures to tackle this ‘silent epidemic,’ in particular the five types that, over time, cause chronic and debilitating illnesses,” the U.N. News Centre reports. World Hepatitis Day, recognized on…

The Lancet Examines Global Health Diplomacy In Indonesia

The Lancet examines Indonesia’s increasing role in the global health arena, noting, “In a report [.pdf] published this month by the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington, D.C., senior fellow Murray Heibert argues that this year, Indonesia will hold an unprecedented position as a health leader.” The…

Jill Biden Reflects On USAID’s Maternal, Child Health Efforts In India

In a post in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, examines the issue of maternal and child health in India, reflecting on her experiences as she travels through the country. “Yesterday I wrote about my time in Kachhpura and how they are working to…

Focus Shifts From Malnutrition To Childhood Obesity In India’s Urban Clinics

In a post in the GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, the second in a series about child health in India, Harman Boparai, a doctor from India currently working as a Kaiser Health Reporting Fellow at GlobalPost, examines issues surrounding child health in the country, highlighting a shift in focus from malnutrition to…

Vietnam Facing Funding Challenges As Donors Pull Back

Devex examines how Vietnam, now considered a middle-income country, is facing the challenge of securing funding for its HIV/AIDS programs, as donors begin to “either reduc[e] their aid footprints or cu[t] altogether their bilateral ties.” The news service writes, “On the ground, implementing partners from civil society and non-profit circles…

USAID Working To Improve Public Health In India

Writing in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, discusses a recent trip to India and how the USAID Health and Urban Poor (HUP) Program is working in settlements near the Taj Mahal to improve health infrastructure, connect residents with health services and track mothers…