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Indian Parliament Expected To Ratify National Food Security Bill

India began a key parliamentary session on Monday, during which “the government will seek to push through a giant program to provide subsidized food to two-thirds of the population,” BBC News reports. “The food security ordinance has to be ratified by the parliament within six weeks of its first sitting,…

Global Fund Reiterates Commitment To Human Rights In Vietnam, Blog Reports

Noting a 2011 report (.pdf) from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on conditions within Vietnam’s compulsory drug treatment centers, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday released a statement “reiterating the charity’s commitment to human rights and…

Women Play Key Role In Defeating Polio, Other Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

In an opinion piece in The Atlantic, Haider Javed Warraich, a resident in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an author, discusses the challenges posed by people who do not believe in vaccination, from the views of actor Jenny McCarthy in the U.S. to the…

Global Health Agencies Must Do More To Combat Drug-Resistant TB In North Korea

“Tuberculosis has long been recognized as one of the biggest public health problems in North Korea, but there is a disturbing new development: much of the TB in North Korea is resistant to regular antibiotics,” K.J. Seung, deputy director for the Partners In Health project in Lesotho and a physician…

FAO Urges Developing Countries To Stop Distribution, Use Of Toxic Pesticides

“The tragic incident in India in which nearly two dozen children died after eating a contaminated school meal is a stark reminder that highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said” Tuesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “In a…

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…