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India To Provide Incentives For Medical Professionals To Work In Rural, Underserved Areas

In an effort to encourage medical professionals to provide services to low-income rural populations in India, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced an initiative that will significantly raise the salary of “doctors, specialists and para-medical staff” who elect to work in “rural, particularly far-flung and inaccessible areas,” the Hindu reports.

IPS Examines Obstetric Fistula In Southern Senegal

Inter Press Service News Agency examines the prevalence of obstetric fistula in the southern region of Senegal. According to state reproductive health officials in the town of Kolda, 58 percent of births take place at home without medical assistance.

Also In Global Health News: Malawi ARV Program; Health Care In Gaza; Pneumonia Vaccine In Kenya; South African Pregnant Women And HIV; Uganda’s Food Shortage

Malawian Government Supplies 250,000 HIV-Positive Citizens With Free Antiretrovirals The government of Malawi supplies 250,000 of its HIV positive citizens with antiretrovirals (ARVs) free of charge, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika said during an AIDS candlelight memorial outside of the capital city, Blantyre, on Sunday, the AFP reports. The president…

Lancet Studies Examine Aspects Of Global Health Funding

“Global health funding boosted by private donors has quadrupled since 1990, but the extra money has not always gone to the right countries and diseases, according to a pair of studies released Friday,” in the journal Lancet, AFP/Google.com reports.

CNN, The Independent, VOA News Examine Technology, Health Systems In Developing Countries

CNN examines the increasing numbers of health workers using cell phone technology to monitor diseases in the developing world. The article features EpiSurveyor – “a free, open-source application designed for personal digital assistants” that can be downloaded onto cell phones, so that officials can “gather data directly from the site of…