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Relief Assessments, Efforts Ramp Up On Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu As U.N. Begins Measles Immunization Campaign

Associated Press: Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu’s cyclone-stricken islands “Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu’s outer islands, after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation’s landscape…” (Perry, 3/17). International Business…

Gunmen Kill 2 Polio Workers, 1 Guard In Pakistan

The Nation: Two polio vaccinators, cop shot dead in Mansehra “Two female polio vaccinators and a policeman were shot dead in broad daylight in Mansehra on Tuesday…” (3/18). New York Times: Gunmen Kill Health Workers From Pakistan Polio Drive “…There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but…

Anti-Dowry PSA Aims To Reduce Child Marriage In Nepal

PRI: South Asian leaders try new ways to reduce child marriage “…[An] anti-dowry PSA is sponsored by the National Campaign to End Child Marriage in Nepal and is playing everywhere: On TV, on the radio, and even in movie theaters and on buses, especially in the Terai region where child…

CGD Blog Post Discusses Recommendations For India’s Draft National Health Policy

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: India’s New Health Policy: A Work in Progress Anit Mukherjee, IDRC fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses India’s new draft National Health Policy and makes recommendations that would “help strengthen the plan across four key areas: financing and fiscal transfers,…

India Swine Flu Deaths Surpass 1,700 Out Of 30,000 Cases This Season

International Business Times: India Swine Flu 2015: 1,731 Dead Out Of 30,000 Documented Cases “The death toll in India’s latest swine flu outbreak has risen to 1,731, out of nearly 30,000 people stricken with the virus, health officials said Monday, with 21 new deaths reported in the past day alone…”…

India Aims To Improve Maternal, Child Health Through Mobile Messaging Initiative

Reuters: India bets on mobiles in battle on maternal, child deaths “India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers…” (Kalra, 3/17).

Role Of Women, Health And Communications Systems Discussed At Disaster Risk Reduction Conference

U.N. News Centre: Sendai: Critical role of women in building disaster resilience focus of event at U.N. conference “Spotlighting the positive actions of women in planning and decision-making to make their communities safer before, during, and after disasters strike, senior United Nations, government, and civil society representatives [Saturday] emphasized that…

Damage Assessments, Humanitarian Aid Begin After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

The Atlantic: A Cyclone Destroys a Nation “Torrential rains and winds up to 185 miles per hour lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, downing power lines and flattening buildings throughout the country. The official death toll of the storm, called Tropical Cyclone Pam, is eight, but the…

Mobile Family Planning Services Reach Low-Income, Rural Populations In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reaching the Unreached with Family Planning in India David J. Olson of Olson Global Communication discusses the impact of mobile family planning services in India. The operation, run by Janani, brings family planning products and services to people who have limited access to…

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