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India’s Government Announces Ban On E-Cigarette Products In Effort To Protect Youth Health

NPR: India Announces Widespread Ban Of E-Cigarettes “The Indian government announced Wednesday a sweeping ban on electronic cigarette products. The decision was made with the intention of protecting young people from becoming addicted to nicotine. The Cabinet approved the ordinance, which prohibits the manufacture, sale, storage, and advertisement of all…

Philippines Announces Polio Outbreak After 19 Years Without Case

New York Times: Philippines Declares Polio Outbreak After 19 Years Free of the Disease “The Philippines on Thursday announced an outbreak of polio, 19 years after the World Health Organization declared the Southeast Asian country free of the infectious disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said government scientists have confirmed the…

Asian, Arab Parliamentarians To Review, Assess ICPD Programme Of Action At September Meeting

IPS: Asian & Arab Parliamentarians to Move Forward on Reproductive Health & Gender Empowerment “Over the years, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) has worked in tandem with legislators and parliamentarians to help implement the historic Programme of Action (PoA) adopted unanimously by over 20,000 U.N. delegates at a landmark International…

Chair Of Elton John AIDS Foundation Says Homophobia, Stigma Hindering HIV Prevention Efforts In Eastern Europe, Central Asia; New Grant Program To Address Issues In Region

The Telegraph: Stigma is holding back fight against AIDS in Eastern Europe, warns David Furnish “David Furnish, AIDS campaigner and husband of Sir Elton John, has condemned the homophobia and stigma that is hampering the control of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Furnish, chairman of the Elton…

The BMJ Examines Impacts Of Mexico City Policy On Contraceptive, Abortion Services In Nepal

The BMJ: U.S. ‘global gag rule’ on abortion is limiting family planning choices for women in Nepal”U.S. President Donald Trump has reinstated and strengthened the on-again, off-again rule prohibiting U.S. [global health] aid to abortion providers in foreign countries. Rojita Adhikari looks at the effect the rule is having on…

WHO Urges Southeast Asia Region To Strengthen Efforts To Eliminate Cervical Cancer

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia: Accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer: WHO”World Health Organization urged countries in its South-East Asia Region to accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030. ‘Countries need to expand vaccination, screening, detection, and treatment services for everyone, everywhere to address the growing problem of…