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Gates Foundation Announces New Partnership To Improve Sanitation In India

“October 2, 2013, is the 144th birthday of [Mahatma Gandhi] and what better way for the Bill & Melinda Gates [Foundation] to celebrate this profound and inspirational leader than to announce our new partnership with [the government of India] in joint funding the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) to…

Laos Begins Pneumococcal, HPV Vaccine Projects With GAVI Support

“Laos became the first South East Asian nation to introduce pneumococcal vaccine and began a demonstration project for HPV vaccine at a ceremony in the nation’s capital Vientiane Wednesday,” Xinhua reports. “About 180,000 infants will receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and 13,000 girls will receive the human papillomavirus (HPV)…

Half Of Indian States Will Be Ready To Begin Food Aid Program By Year’s End

“Half of India’s states would be ready to roll out the federal food aid program by the end of this year, the food minister said Tuesday, as the government tries to speed up the implementation of the centerpiece of its policy agenda ahead of elections,” the Wall Street Journal reports.…

Chinese Data Show More Than 13M Abortions Performed Annually, TIME Reports

“New data published [last week] by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission indicate that there are more than 13 million abortions conducted in the country every year,” TIME reports. The data “only account for surgical procedures conducted at licensed hospitals and clinics, and don’t take into account medically induced…

Malaysia, Other Southeast Asian Countries Facing Increase In Annual Dengue Cases

“Dengue fever has killed 45 people in Malaysia this year — a jump of more than a third from the same period last year — as the tropical country struggles to tame a mosquito-borne virus outbreak that has plagued the Southeast Asian region for decades,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast…

IPS Examines Spread Of Fraudulent Medicine In Pacific Island Nations

“Reports of fraudulent medicines in the southwest Pacific island states of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have drawn attention to the need for more public awareness of the lethal trade and its tragic consequences,” Inter Press Service reports. “The extent of fraudulent pharmaceuticals in the Melanesian islands is unknown,…

Gender Equality, Reproductive Health Essential For Sustainable Development, Asian-Pacific Conference Participants Agree

“Gender equality and reproductive health are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development agenda, participants said at” the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) in Bangkok, supported by the U.N. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP),…

Indian States Using Technology To Improve Public Distribution Systems For Food Delivery

“After approving the food security bill, India’s challenge is to get all that heavily subsidized food grain to the 800 million or so people eligible to the program,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports. “The bill expands an existing program that uses a five-decade-old public distribution system…

Devex Examines Singapore’s Success In Developing Health System

“Singapore now spends less than one percent of its gross domestic product on health, much less than India where public health services are poor, and even less than the United States where outcomes are way below the average of OECD countries,” Devex writes. The news service interviews U.S. biologist, entrepreneur…