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UN-backed Afghan vaccination drive to reach 8 mn kids
Apr 30, 2013 During a United Nations-backed global campaign to vaccinate children this week, Afghan Government officials are aiming to administer anti-measles and anti-polio vaccines along with additional doses of Vitamin A to about eight million children below five across the country.
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Depression tops adolescent health challenges: WHO
May 16, 2014 An estimated 1.3 million adolescents died in 2012, largely from preventable causes, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
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Yoga can boost public health, says United Nations
Jun 23, 2015 Celebrating first International Day on June 21, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations.
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SL Prez pledges to create an effective health service
Feb 11, 2015 The President said the Health Ministry had handled about 21,000 tenders annually so far and the process has turned the Ministry into a private company with rampant corruption.
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Child Mortality: Indian minister calls for ‘Health Sainiks’
Aug 20, 2014 The high child mortality rate in India is a national shame, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Indian Health Minister.
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India has an obligation towards health for all
Jan 29, 2010 There is an urgent need to address healthcare in India in a way that ensures the state’s obligations so that it cannot renege on the promises. A proposed bill in this regard should treat healthcare in a holistic manner, say NGOs and experts.
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Karachi asylum numbers highlight women's plight
Feb 02, 2010 At a mental care centre for women in north Karachi, the number of admissions has been swelling with time. Due to low status of women in a patriarchal society, families do not hesitate to put them in these institutions.
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Indian tribe seeks Avatar director's help to protect land
Feb 09, 2010 Survival has championed the cause of India's Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa - an advertisement in a popular film magazine has asked Oscar winner James Cameron to help in the struggle to defend their sacred mountain. Further, Amnesty has released a report today highlighting that mining activities are threatening local livelihoods and access to water in the region.
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Dhaka: Medical examinations traumatic for rape survivors
Feb 16, 2010 Lack of women doctors for medical examination is proving to be a major impediment to justice delivery in rape cases in Bangladesh. Many of the survivors baulk at the insensitivity of the examination which prevents legal action against the attackers.
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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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Health and education lack priority in India
Feb 28, 2010 Nine is Mine, a global campaign on child advocacy have argued that inspite of an increase in allocation of funds, the government has undermined its own promise on universalisation of education and health services in the Union Budget 2010-11.
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Assam: First state to guarantee right to health
Mar 12, 2010 Assam became first state in India to table the Public Health Bill, 2010, which seeks to make healthcare facility a basic right of every citizen. Adopting a Public Health approach, it makes mandatory for all new development projects to carry out a health impact assessment study.
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Sanitary habits improved in Pakistan significantly
Mar 22, 2010 According to a new report by World Health Organisation, due to awareness raising and adaptation of toilets, the prevalence of open defecation has significantly reduced in Pakistan since 1990. Better sanitary habits would reduce water borne diseases which is prevalent in rural areas and would also save health care costs.
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Arsenic contagion causing blindness in newborns
Apr 01, 2010 Alarming levels of arsenic content in groundwater in many villages of Bihar is causing blindness among newborn babies. Though doctors are yet to confirm the major cause of the deformity, using contaminated groundwater has commonly resulted to cancer, bone deformity, gangrene and skin disorders.
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Pakistani Bengalis face discrimination in healthcare
Apr 08, 2010 Most Bengalis in Pakistan, despite having national identity cards, suffer discrimination in healthcare services. They are turned away from hospitals and clinics due to their ethnicity and are asked to prove their citizenship.
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Silent emergency on maternal deaths: Play your part
Apr 12, 2010 70,000 women die due to pregnancy related causes leaving behind many orphans every year in India, reveals a finding released on Safe Motherhood Day. White Ribbon Alliance in association with Jamia Hamdard organised a human chain encouraging youths and elders to join a movement to stop maternal deaths.
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Five years of NRHM celebrated today
Apr 12, 2010 Assam, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu has bagged the award for the best performing states as the National Rural Health Mission celebrates five years of its implementation today. A mid-term review panel acknowledging its encompassing role, stressed that it should make greater efforts to provide quality healthcare to all.
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Unregulated contraception marketing subject women to risk
Apr 15, 2010 Figures on contraceptive usage by women show high in a scenario where complete information and awareness regarding the usage and implications of pills is absent. Unethical marketing by pharmaceutical manufacturers and omnipresence of contraceptive pills pose potential threats to women’s health.
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Bhutan halts HPV vaccines programme
Apr 19, 2010 Bhutan has turned down over $40 million worth of ‘free’ HPV vaccines. In a letter to the Bhutan Department of Public Health, the country’s Drug Regulatory Authority demanded the halt of the launch of the vaccine campaign that is scheduled to go nationwide on May 5, 2010.
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Indian maternal deaths video nominated for Webby
Apr 19, 2010 In Silence: Maternal Mortality in India, a video produced by Human Rights Watch with award-winning Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas has been nominated for the prestigious Webby award. The film documents the dangers faced by women in India, where more than 60,000 pregnancies end each year in preventable deaths.
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Delhi gets one health unit for every 50,000 population
Apr 21, 2010 The Delhi cabinet has approved the introduction of Public Health Standards in a bid to improve availability of quality health care to all citizens, particularly the poor. One health care unit will be upgraded for every 50,000 population offering people preventive, basic services and mandatory community involvement.
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Eastern Sri Lanka demands attention on healthcare
Apr 22, 2010 WHO asks humanitarian agencies, who have hitherto been concentrating on rebuilding the Sri Lanka’s north, to also focus on healthcare services in conflict-affected east. Shifting funding priorities and lack of enough health workers however has forced agencies to abandon the east and concentrate on the north.
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India-EU deal could risk right to healthy life
Apr 29, 2010 A new trade agreement between India and EU is likely to result in a hike in the cost of life-saving medicines. The agreement once in effect, will have millions of lives at stake as India is the major source of drugs to various humanitarian agencies working in different developing countries.
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Gates Foundation and Bihar ink deal on healthcare
May 13, 2010 Bihar government has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost public health in the state. The MoC which covers the entire state will provide technical and managerial support to NGOs working in fields of maternal, neonatal, child and nutritional health, and other diseases.
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India readies vaccine against H1N1
May 17, 2010 Exactly a year after India reported its first case of swine flu, Pune based SII has developed a vaccine against swine flu that has shown safe and effective results. Besides SII, several other Indian companies are to come up with their indigenous vaccines soon.
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Female TB patients face social exclusion
May 18, 2010 Limited access to healthcare, social stigma and fear of being ostradised by society is depriving Pakistani women from treatment of tuberculosis, says WHO. Prolonged and expensive treatment of the disease is resulting in addition of large number of female patients.
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Myanmar says farewell to neonatal tetanus
Jun 02, 2010 While maternal and neonatal tetanus remains a major public health concern in many countries, Myanmar has successfully eliminated it, says a report by UNICEF. It is the second country in East Asia after Vietnam to achieve the elimination status which marks the safety of mothers and newborns in the country.
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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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Drug trials risk Indian lives
Jun 04, 2010 The trial to compare two diabetic drugs is being carried out in 10 sites in India although it is well known that one of them increases the risk of heart attack. There is an urgent need to stop the unethical and inhuman trials which is putting hundreds of ill-informed patients at peril.
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Convictions inadequate in Bhopal gas tragedy
Jun 08, 2010 A local court in Bhopal convicted all 8 Indians accused in the 26-year-old Bhopal gas tragedy case. The toxic leak from the pesticide plant killed over 3,000 people at the time of incident. The victims and the campaigners criticise the judgment as a delayed and denied.
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