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More Political Will, Funding, Training Needed To Reduce TB-Related Deaths In India

New York Times: What Killed Half a Million Indians? Pranay Sinha, a physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Scott K. Heysell, a physician and associate professor of medicine, infectious diseases, and international health at the University of Virginia “…A staggering number of Indians — over 400 million — are estimated…

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WHO Confirms 15 New Polio Cases In Syria; Immunization Efforts Planned For Next Month

Reuters: WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria “Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in…

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Number Of Diarrhea-Related Deaths Falling In Low-Income Countries But Rising In Wealthy Nations, Study Shows

NPR: A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception “…[T]wo trends are clear, says an author of a new report: The number of deaths from diarrheal diseases is dropping dramatically in low-income countries — and ticking upward in wealthy nations. … Published this month in The Lancet,…

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WHO Announces Decision To Develop New Essentials Diagnostics List To Complement Existing Essential Medicines List

WHO: WHO to develop Essential Diagnostics List “The 20th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines was published on 6 June this year, with a number of important new additions, including a recommendation by the Expert Committee on the Selection of Essential Medicines that WHO develop an Essential Diagnostics List (EDL).…

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More Political Will Needed To Prevent New HIV Infections Among Young Women In South Africa, Expert Says

VOA News: New HIV Infections Climb Among Young Women in South Africa “…At the South African National AIDS Conference in Johannesburg this week, specialists voiced their concern about the spiking rates of infections among young women, a trend reflected throughout the continent. … ‘[T]here has to be a [political] will…

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Number Of Cholera Cases In Yemen Rises To More Than 100K, Nearly 800 Dead, WHO Says

Reuters: Yemen cholera cases pass the 100,000 mark: WHO “The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. … ‘To date, 101,820 suspected cholera cases and 789 deaths have been…

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In 10 LMICs, 1 In 3 HIV Patients Has Advanced Disease At Treatment Initiation, Study Shows

VOA News: Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries “A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV-positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at…

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India Reports 3 Zika Cases; Experts Say More Likely

New York Times: India Acknowledges Three Cases of Zika Virus “…Hardly anyone outside the government knew about the three cases until last week, after the World Health Organization announced that it had received reports about them from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Gujarat state government officials then spoke…

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World Needs Better Way To Develop, Test TB Drugs, Diagnostics

The Guardian: We had to run our own trial for TB drugs — nobody else was doing it Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa, TB specialist at Médecins Sans Frontières “…Despite the fact that the number of new people being diagnosed with TB every year is decreasing, the overall number of people living with…

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Indian Health Officials Knew About Country’s First Zika Cases But Decided Against Public Outreach To Avoid Panic

Washington Post: Officials knew about India’s first Zika case for months. But they didn’t tell anybody. “Officials in India knew about the country’s first case of Zika virus infection months ago. But they didn’t alert the public because they didn’t want ‘people to start panicking,’ one health official said this…

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