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Some Trained Medical Professionals Provide Safe But Illegal Abortion In Myanmar

PRI: Providing safe illegal abortions in Myanmar is a ‘karmic balance,’ says one doctor “…[S]tudies suggest an estimated 250,000 Burmese women get illegal abortions each year. It’s a leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar. While contraceptives are available, they can be difficult to obtain, particularly for poor women and…

WHO Urges Greater Focus On Health Needs Of Migrant Populations In Southeast Asia

U.N. News Centre: As migration continues to accelerate in Southeast Asia, U.N. health agency calls for a focus on migrants’ health “Noting greater vulnerability of the health of migrant populations, including heightened risks of infectious diseases, malnutrition, substance abuse, and maternal and neonatal mortality, the United Nations health agency has…

WHO Calls For Coordinated, Multi-Sectoral Approach To Address Malnutrition In Southeast Asia

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency calls for multi-sectoral approach to deal with ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Southeast Asia “While announcing a strategic action plan to deal with the issue, the United Nations health agency [Wednesday] called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which…

Human Rights Groups Criticize Nepal’s Government For Lack Of Efforts To End Child Marriage

Associated Press: Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages “Traditional practices, poverty, last year’s massive earthquake, and Nepal’s ongoing political instability mean child marriages remain a serious problem in the country, where 10 percent of the girls marry before they are 15, even though the government says it is making…

New Studies Examine Global Ovarian, HPV-Related Cancer Rates, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: Fall in ovarian cancer deaths worldwide linked to contraceptive pill use “Deaths from ovarian cancer have fallen around the world, largely because of the widespread use of the contraceptive pill, according to a major new study. Another factor is the decline in long-term use of hormone replacement therapy…

Southeast Asian Health Ministers, WHO Reaffirm Commitment To Achieving Goal Of Controlling, Eliminating NTDs

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and Southeast Asian health officials reaffirm commitment to ending neglected tropical diseases “Health ministers in Southeast Asia [Tuesday] reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the target of controlling, eliminating, and eradicating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with the United Nations health agency voicing its support for their efforts…”…

Better Data ‘At The Heart’ Of Improved Public Health Responses In Vietnam

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: How Better Data Means Better Decisions in Emergencies Quang Tran, technical officer at PATH Vietnam, discusses efforts in Vietnam to improve health systems through the use of data visualizations and centralized health reporting systems, writing, “Data is at the heart of a good response. In Vietnam,…

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