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Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…

Blogs Discuss India’s National ‘Call To Action For Child Survival And Development’ Summit

“At the forefront of the fight against child mortality and morbidity, India is leading the global community in placing a renewed emphasis on this important mission,” William Hammink, India mission director, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” adding the country’s “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development” summit, taking place this…

Global Response To Possible H5N1 Flu Outbreak Could Affect Epidemic’s Course

“It’s been a rough flu season this winter in the United States and Europe, but it could be worse. A lot worse,” science writer Carl Zimmer states in National Geographic’s “Phenomena: The Loom” blog. In other parts of the world, including Egypt, India and Cambodia, the H5N1 avian influenza strain…

India Holds National Summit On Child Survival, Development

“[M]ore than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members” are gathering in India this week for a national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” IIP Digital reports. The event, “jointly organized by India’s Ministry of…

BMJ Examines Why India’s Dengue Epidemic Continues To Grow

This BMJ feature examines why India’s dengue epidemic continues to grow worse each year, stating, “In the past decade, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the number of cases has escalated steadily from 3,306 in 2001 to 47,209 in 2012,” and “[d]eaths have risen from 53 in 2001…

GAVI Alliance To Fund HPV Immunization Projects In 8 Countries

The GAVI Alliance “is to help protect more than 180,000 girls in eight countries across Africa and Asia from cervical cancer by funding immunization projects with vaccines from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline,” Reuters reports in an article examining the group’s efforts to vaccinate young women with Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix, “the world’s…

Guardian Reports On HIV-Related Employment Discrimination Case In China

“An aspiring teacher in south-east China has become the country’s first person to win compensation for an HIV-related employment discrimination, according to state media reports,” the Guardian writes. “The man had passed a written test and interview for the job last June; he took the local education bureau to court…

Science Reports On Reform In China’s Health Care System

Science examines reforms taking place within the Chinese health care system, which “aim to expand infrastructure, cover the poor, and combat chronic diseases,” according to the journal. “A white paper released by China’s State Council last December outlines the basic tenets of the reforms, which include expanding insurance coverage, reconfiguring…

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