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TRF Publishes Articles Examining FGM In Asia, Use Of Soap Operas To Stop Practice In Sudan

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Singapore comes under pressure over female genital cutting of babies “Medical clinics in Singapore are carrying out female genital cutting on babies, according to people with first-hand experience of the procedure, despite growing global condemnation of the practice which world leaders have pledged to eradicate. … [I]ts…

India Ranks 97th In 2016 Global Hunger Index, With 15% Of Population Undernourished

Quartz: With 15% of its population undernourished, India still has a serious hunger problem “Despite an improvement in nutrition levels over the last 15 years, India still has a serious hunger problem: 15 percent of the country’s population remains undernourished. Asia’s third-largest economy has taken a lowly 97th spot in…

Philippines President Duterte Expected To Sign Regulation Banning Smoking In Public Areas, Health Department Official Says

Agence France-Presse: Philippines’ Duterte to ban smoking in public “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will this month ban smoking in public, the health department said on Wednesday, further strengthening some of the toughest tobacco regulation in Asia…” (10/12). Associated Press: The Philippine president’s next campaign: public smoking ban “…The department is…

Stigma, Anti-Gay Sentiment Hinder Indonesia’s Efforts To End AIDS By 2030, Official Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Anti-gay sentiment seen threatening Indonesia’s goal to end AIDS by 2030 “Growing anti-gay sentiment in Indonesia could hamper efforts to combat fast-rising HIV infections among one of the most at-risk groups, threatening the country’s target to end an AIDS epidemic by 2030, a senior official has warned.…

WHO Warns Number Of Zika Cases Expected To Continue Rising In Asia-Pacific Region

Associated Press: WHO sees further rise of Zika cases in Asia-Pacific region “Zika infections are expected to continue rising in the Asia-Pacific region, where authorities are increasing surveillance, preparing responses to complications, and collaborating on information about the disease, the World Health Organization said Monday…” (10/10).

Indian Medical Students Use Poetry To Eliminate Taboos Surrounding Menstruation

The Guardian: Indian medical students use pads and poems to tackle period taboos “…Menstrual health is a serious issue for the 355 million women of reproductive age in India. Only 12 percent use sanitary pads, and tampons are rare. For the rest of India’s menstruating women, a reusable rag is…

Health Affairs Series Examines Quality Of Health Care In India, Challenges

Health Affairs: Quality Of Health Care In India The October 2016 issue of Health Affairs features several articles examining various aspects of health care in India, including trends in child and maternal mortality, models for cataract care, and data usage in a large hospital insurance program (October 2016).

Thailand Makes Abortion Legal For Women Carrying Fetuses With Serious Zika-Linked Defects

International Business Times: Thailand makes Zika-linked abortions legal as fears over microcephaly rise “Thai authorities have decided that pregnant women infected with Zika virus can undergo abortion without legal consequences. After much deliberation doctors decided to ease the stringent laws, Thailand’s child health unit said on 5 October…” (Ray, 10/6).…

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