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Technological Innovations Can Improve Health Care Quality, Help Meet Development Goals

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: A Connected Health Workforce is Essential to Global Health Security Corinne Mahoney, senior manager of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth International, discusses the use of mobile phones to help spread information and knowledge among health workers, writing, “When we invest to give health workers what…

WHO Urges China To Strengthen Vaccine Market Regulation

Reuters: China needs tougher enforcement of vaccine regulation: WHO “China must strengthen regulation of its market for vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, after a bust of an illegal black market drugs ring this month underscored the country’s regulatory weaknesses…” (Jourdan, 3/28).

China Arrests 37 Associated With Sales Of Improperly Stored Vaccines

Associated Press: China detains dozens after sales of poorly stored vaccines “Police in eastern China have detained 37 people implicated in a scandal involving the selling of poorly refrigerated and probably ineffective vaccines, state media reported Wednesday…” (3/23). BBC News: China vaccine scandal: 37 arrested “…The estimated $88m (£61m) worth…

Shackling Of Mental Health Patients Still Occurs In Indonesia Despite Ban, Report Says

The Guardian: ‘Living in hell’: mentally ill people in Indonesia chained and confined “Almost 40 years after Indonesia banned the practice of shackling people with mental health conditions, nearly 19,000 are still living in chains, or are locked up in institutions where they are vulnerable to abuse, according to a…

SciDev.Net Series Examines Mental Health In Developing World

SciDev.Net: Mental health matters “Mental illness is a huge but overlooked challenge in the developing world — despite a high burden few people get the help they need and many are treated inhumanely. What is the evidence for the gap between needs and proper treatment, how does social stigma hinder…

Lack Of Record-Keeping, Poor Prenatal Care Complicate Research On Possible Associations Between Zika, Birth Defects

Washington Post: Zika epidemic uncovers Brazil’s hidden birth-defect problem “…Many doctors, though, say that the jump [in Brazil’s reports of microcephaly cases] is largely illusory — based on massive underreporting of microcephaly and other birth defects in Brazil. What’s more, this poor record-keeping reflects much larger public health problems here:…

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