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H7N9 Bird Flu Continues To Spread In China As Chinese New Year Approaches

News outlets report on the continuing spread of H7N9 bird flu in China. Reuters: Hong Kong reports third H7N9 bird flu death “A 75-year-old man infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus has died in Hong Kong, the government said on Wednesday, the third such death in the city…” (Woodhouse,…

Private Sector Playing Increasing Role In Rebuilding Typhoon-Hit Philippines

Devex: Private sector stepping up in the Philippines “The Philippines has been battered by crisis after crisis recently, but a positive storyline coming out of the country is the role business is playing in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. One of the most predominant and game-changing concepts in global development…

Philippines To Use New Freezer For Vaccination Programs

Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time”: Philippines Works to Freeze Spread of Childhood Diseases “…On Wednesday the Philippine government’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, or RITM, will get [a] new walk-in freezer, which will be used to store vaccines for various viruses, measles included. The institute, located south of…

Indonesia Revives Birth Control Program As Population Grows

Bloomberg Businessweek: Indonesia Population Approaching U.S. Revives Birth Control “Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants families to stop at two children to prevent a burgeoning population overwhelming schools and services. … As Indonesia’s growth slows, the world’s fourth-most-populous nation isn’t generating enough quality jobs to keep up with the population,…

Asia Emphasizes Need For ‘Meaningful Youth Participation’ In Reproductive Health

Xinhua: Asia needs to invest in youth’s reproductive health “Investing in the youth’s sexual and reproductive health is the key to stemming some of developing Asia’s major health challenges [such as] increasing HIV infections and maternal deaths. … This is the consensus among the over 3,000 participants in 7th Asia…

USAID Launches TB Control Program In Jakarta

Jakarta Post: U.S. expands TB control program to Jakarta “U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kristen Bauer and the Jakarta administration on Monday launched the Community Empowerment of People against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program in Jakarta. The program supports community-based outreach and care for tuberculosis (TB) via the U.S. Agency for International…

Widespread Malnutrition In Afghan Children Threatens Country’s Future

The Guardian: Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition “Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country’s feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas…” (Graham-Harrison, 1/26).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 36 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the crisis in Central African Republic, one on HIV stigma, and one on malaria control in the Mekong region (1/23).

U.S. Remains Committed To Relief Aid In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“I’m always worried that after the first month or two, on a large emergency such as Typhoon Haiyan, that the attention fades because there are so many other pressing issues and disasters around the world. It’s really important to remain focused on our efforts going forward. … We’ll continue to…

Taliban Attitudes May Indicate Fewer Attacks On Polio Workers, Blog Says

“Consecutive days of attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan renewed concerns about its eradication. At least ten people were killed during attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, this week. Despite that, changing public attitudes by Taliban leaders may indicate a coming decrease in attacks…,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in…