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Ancient language in India goes extinct
Feb 05, 2010 Bo one of the world’s oldest languages, has come to an end with the death of Boa Sr, the last speaker of this language, among the Great Andamanese tribes. While Andaman Islands are believed to be an anthropologists dream, little is being done to preserve their heritage, says an expert.
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Nepal's claim over leprosy eradication challenged
Feb 24, 2010 Aid workers in Nepal fear that a recent official declaration regarding the elimination of leprosy could encourage complacency. It would not only impact the flow of aid for leprosy programmes but also result in confusion since the Terai region still remains disabled by the disease.
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As flood water recedes, risk of epidemic looms
Jun 03, 2010 According to the health officials working in Sri Lanka, the risk of epidemics has increased substantially for nearly 13,000 flood displaced people living in temporary camps. An outbreak of infectious and water-borne diseases is likely in the coming days as water levels start receding in the Gampaha and Kalutara districts.
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Sri Lanka prepares to protect citizens from dengue
Jun 09, 2010 Days after flood water receded from Lankan capital Colombo, the city is now facing cases of dengue including nine deaths. According to WHO, which is working closely with the health authorities in managing the disease, the removal of mosquito breeding sites would be the most important step in mitigating the risk.
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Cyclone Aila hit areas fear disease outbreak
Jun 01, 2009 Fear of epidemic looms large across Bangladesh and India’s eastern coast after Cyclone Aila slammed the region last week. According to international NGO ActionAid, inundation and waterlogging in affected areas pose serious risk to the health of survivors living in cramped shelters.
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India tightens swine flu advice
Jun 16, 2009 In view of the ever increasing number of people infected with swine flu, the Indian government has advised citizens not to travel abroad until the threat recedes. Meanwhile, WHO chief Margaret Chan has warned that the pandemic can cripple fragile health services in poor countries.
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Nepal PM to directly supervise diarrhoea epidemic
Jul 13, 2009 Western Nepal is reeling under the epidemic of diarrhoea that has claimed more than hundred lives so far. After reviewing the situation, the government has decided to send a team of doctors to the affected districts and make use of Nepal Army helicopters to supply medicines.
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Illegal dumping scars Karachi coastline
Jul 24, 2009 The sea along Pakistan’s Karachi coastline is retreating as neighbouring factories dump their waste along the stretch. The toxic garbage is also causing skin and respiratory diseases among villagers, making scabies a common trait among newborns.
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World Report on the status of malaria
Dec 24, 2010 The World Malaria Report 2010 summarises information received from 106 malaria-endemic countries and highlights continued progress made towards meeting the World Health Assembly (WHA) targets for malaria to be achieved by the end of 2010 and by 2015.
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Measures to curb hepatitis in Pakistan inadequate
Jun 28, 2010 According to the president of the Pakistan Medical Association, an estimated 19 million of the 160 million are suffering from hepatitis. Despite the alarming rate, the Safe Blood Transfusion Act, enacted in 2002, has not yet been fully implemented that prohibits the transfusion of unscreened blood for patients.
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Flood, disease paint a grim picture in Pakistan
Aug 02, 2010 With confirmed reports about the outbreak of cholera and diarrhoea, Pakistan’s flood victims plead for safe drinking water. The closing of the main north-south motorway has led to severe shortages in food and clean water in many villages.
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Pakistan: Taliban pushes for rejection of overseas aid
Aug 11, 2010 Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Taliban faction urged the government to reject all foreign aid for the six million people affected by the nation's worst floods, even as many continue to suffer without any relief. The UN cautioned that children are among the most vulnerable victims, with diarrhea and measles being the biggest health threat.
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Sri Lanka makes dengue control a national priority
Aug 17, 2010 The Sri Lankan government launched an enormous community-based campaign to check the spread of dengue fever in the country. The third week of August was declared the national dengue prevention week and efforts to clean up breeding grounds and spread awareness through TV channels, billboards and school children were launched.
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Bangladesh: Cattle sales crash after human anthrax outbreak
Sep 15, 2010 The cattle and livestock market saw a great dip in its sales following the human anthrax outbreak in Bangladesh. The Ministry of Health has reported nearly 500 cases in the past one month. The government has now launched an awareness campaign and claims to have sufficient supplies of livestock anthrax vaccines.
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Neglected diseases cost India dearly
Oct 18, 2010 WHO has stated that dengue and cysticercosis kill thousands of people and cost India nearly 45 million dollars every year. More often than not, these diseases flourish in unhygienic environments and are strongly linked with poverty.
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WHO calls for renewed commitment for measles control
May 24, 2010 The World Health Assembly of 193 countries passed a resolution to work collectively for measles eradication. Emphasising on determined commitment to deal with the disease, assembly has warned that if measles outbreaks continue MDGs aimed to reduce child mortality will not be met.
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Millions continue to die as vaccines remain unavailable
Jun 02, 2010 A report released this month highlights the state of public health in the developing world. It stresses an urgent need for innovation extending the reach of vaccines to the poor of the developing world where millions die in absence of protection.
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Mining leads to TB epidemic in Africa
Jun 02, 2010 A new study by American Journal of Public Health reveals that increased cases of HIV and crowded living and working conditions are contributing to tuberculosis epidemics among miners of African continent. According to the study, migrant workforce increases the risk of the disease in families, friends and communities of miners.
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Kenyan slums battle sanitation woes
Sep 29, 2010 Inadequate water and sanitation facilities and looming threat of disease outbreaks have made the condition of Kenyan slums incredibly pitiable. Due to a government’s policy of not supporting illegal settlements, the slum infrastructure has also remained poor.
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US apologises for human experiments in Guatemala
Oct 04, 2010 The US President Barack Obama along with his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered an apology to the Gautemalan people for a research study conducted in the country by America during the 1940s. As part of the research, more than 1,600 people were deliberately infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
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Cholera outbreak in Haiti claims 135 lives
Oct 22, 2010 A cholera epidemic in northern Haiti has claimed 135 lives and infected 1,500 people over the last few days.
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Providing newborn healthcare in cholera-hit Haiti
Dec 13, 2010 Concern, a non-governmental organization in Haiti, supported by UNICEF is providing education and awareness to mothers about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and infant care. The programme operates in camps for Haitians displaced by the January earthquakes. Concern also promotes hygienic practices to check the spread of cholera.
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UK accused of glossing over TB deaths in South Asia
Jan 06, 2011 Health experts from Bangladesh have accused UK of covering up the deaths of nearly half a million people due to TB in South Asia. They also expressed disappointment over UK’s TB prevention strategy that has focused on stopping the disease from spreading to the West instead of addressing its impact among deprived communities in South Asia.
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South Korea hit by fast-spreading foot-and-mouth epidemic
Jan 21, 2011 Despite the deployment of massive resources, South Korea's worst-ever foot-and-mouth epidemic is still spreading, threatening to turn into a social and economic disaster.
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Vaccine against pneunonia rolled out in Kenya
Feb 19, 2011 Pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKilne (GSK) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (Gavi) have rolled out a vaccine against pneumococcal disease in Kenya and. Pneumonia is a leading killer of children under five in Africa. Gavi now hopes to launch the pneumococcal immunisation programme in other eligible developing countries.
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Somalia starts fresh campaign against polio
Mar 21, 2011 A polio vaccination drive kicks off today in Somalia, four years since it was first declared polio-free. The new UN campaign intends to reach over a million under-five children in the trouble-torn nation. Polio meanwhile is yet to be eradicated from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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WHO lists 30 top medicines to save mothers and children
Mar 22, 2011 The World Health Organisation announced its first ever list of essential medicines to protect the lives of mothers and children in developing countries. The list of top 30 medicines includes drugs that treat postpartum haemorrhage, pneumonia, high blood pressure and STDs among women, and diarrhoea, malaria and AIDS-related illness among children.
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African nations push for ICTs to fight diseases
May 04, 2011 African health ministers have hailed the power of Information and Communication Technologies to mitigate the impact of non-communicable diseases. Telemedicine and real time expert help for rural health workers can effectively combat the incidence of diseases.
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Syphilis test can curb infant mortality: Report
Jun 16, 2011 A simple test for syphilis on pregnant women and a subsequent course of antibiotics could reduce the infant mortality and stillbirths by half, a Lancet report says. The treatment also reduces the number of babies born with disabilities.
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Millions of children live in 'healthcare deserts', says report
Jul 20, 2011 Though child mortality rates decline worldwide, millions of under fives still live in absence of medical care and health facilities, says a new report. These poor children face incessant risk of death due to lack of immunisation against preventable diseases.
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