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HRW Report Urges China To End ‘Conversion Therapy’ Among LGBT People

Associated Press: Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’ “The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement, and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday…” (Liu, 11/15). BuzzFeed News:…

Food Assistance, WASH Access Vital To Health Of Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

Project Syndicate: Feeding Myanmar’s Refugees Michael Dunford, emergency coordinator for the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh “…The Rohingya [refugees in Cox’s Bazar] are safe from persecution, but the threat of illness and malnutrition pursues them. … The sight of young children playing barefoot in filthy water, or wading…

Death Toll From Earthquake On Iran-Iraq Border Passes 530; Rescue Efforts Underway

Associated Press: Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530 “Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God…

Rohingya Children Suffer Malnutrition, Exploitation In Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps, Reports Show

The Guardian: Rohingya children close to starvation amid ‘health crisis on an unimaginable scale’ “One in four Rohingya children who recently fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar is now suffering from life-threatening malnutrition, with aid workers warning that refugees are ‘essentially starving’ before they have even crossed the border. The preliminary…

New Delhi, Lahore Experiencing Air Pollution At Least 30 Times Safe Levels

CNN: Breathing in Delhi air equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day “…[As New Delhi] woke up Friday to a fourth straight day of heavy pollution, practical considerations were being overtaken by more serious concerns, with journalists and doctors warning residents of the long-term health implications…” (Wu, 11/10). The Guardian:…

Nearly All Cholera Epidemics Originate In Asia, Bacterial Genome Studies Show

Science: Asia is the cradle of almost every cholera epidemic, genome studies show “…By sequencing and comparing hundreds of bacterial genomes, [scientists] have shown that all of the explosive epidemics of cholera in Africa and the Americas in the past half-century arose after the arrival of new strains that had…

NPR Examines Reasons For India’s High TB Mortality

NPR: Why Does India Lead The World In Deaths From TB? “…Why is India bearing the brunt of [TB] infections? And will the government be able to meet its goal of eliminating tuberculosis by 2025? … ‘A high mortality tells us several things. One is that there is a delay…

New Delhi Declares Pollution Emergency As Toxic Smog Worsens

New York Times: In India, Air So Dirty Your Head Hurts “A toxic cloud has descended on India’s capital, delaying flights and trains, causing coughs, headaches, and even highway pileups, and prompting Indian officials on Wednesday to take the unprecedented step of closing 4,000 schools for nearly a week. Delhi…

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