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Philippines Government Must Support Reproductive Health Law

“Women in the Philippines have lacked autonomy over their bodies for decades. The overwhelming political power of the country’s Catholic church leaders — and the government’s acquiescence to many of their demands — has resulted in reproductive health care restrictions so severe they amount to human rights violations,” Melissa Upreti,…

China To Keep Family Planning Policy, Merge Health Ministry And Family Planning Commission

“China will not change its basic state policy on family planning, Wang Feng, deputy head of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, told a press conference [Monday] in response to a question regarding the possibility of a change in the policy,” Xinhua reports. In addition, “[t]he State Council, China’s Cabinet,…

India Needs Political Leadership, Resources To Ensure Children’s Right To Health

“India is making positive strides in reducing child mortality through new policies and ambitious programs, but preventing the deaths of millions of children remains one of the country’s greatest challenges,” health expert and blogger John Butler writes in the Wall Street Journals “India Real Time” blog, noting, “Roughly 1.7 million…

Blog Examines Child Survival Efforts In India

“Last week, the Government of India held a star-studded National Summit on Child Survival, ‘co-convened’ with USAID and UNICEF,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the global health team at the CGD, write in the center’s “Global Health…

China’s New First Lady Has Ability To Influence Public Health Activism

In an opinion piece published on contextChina, Robert O’Brien, a PhD candidate in international relations at the University of Oxford, examines how China’s new first lady, acclaimed folk singer Peng Liyuan, might influence public health activism in the country. “While Peng is not likely to wield the sort of power held…

India Announces Plans To Improve Adolescent Health, Evaluate Progress On Child Survival

“India’s health ministry has announced plans to improve the health of adolescents and also to evaluate progress of states and districts on child survival under a fresh package of initiatives to reduce mortality among children under five years old,” BMJ reports. “The announcement, made at a summit on child survival held on 7 to…

USAID Blog Reports On India’s Call To Action Summit For Child Survival, Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, provides an overview of India’s “Call to Action Summit for Child Survival and Development,” which took place last week, writing, “Led by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Summit called for an accelerated response to…

Cambodia, China Report Cases Of Avian Influenza H5N1

“Cambodia reported on Wednesday that another four-year-old girl has contracted avian influenza H5N1, becoming the seventh person [in the country to contract] the virus in 2013,” Xinhua reports (2/13). “Cambodia saw eight cases of avian flu, ending in eight deaths in the whole of 2011, according to WHO figures, while 2012 saw…

Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…