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BRICS announce plans to launch new development bank

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July 10, 2014 Leaders of the BRICS nations will launch their long-awaited development bank at a summit next week and decide whether the headquarters should be in Shanghai or New Delhi, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday. From Reuters: The creation by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa of a $100 billion […]The post The Daily Impact: BRICS announce plans to launch new development bank appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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No more catch 22: Saving mothers and babies in Peru

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By Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a UNICEF pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health care in the rural Amazonian basin. I will retire this year after 22 years at UNICEF, having witnessed a transformation unprecedented in my country’s history. Our problems are more complex than they once were, and less amenable to inexpensive solutions, so progress is still uneven and we have a long way to go.

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USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children

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June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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Floods kill more than 80 in Afghanistan

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June 9, 2014 More than 80 bodies have been found two days after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan’s mountainous and remote north, a provincial official said Sunday. From the AP: Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of Baghlan province, said the death toll from Friday’s flash flooding had climbed to 81 from 54. Some 850 houses across several villages were completely destroyed and more than 1,000 were damaged by the heavy rain and flooding, leaving thousands of people in need of shelter, food, water and medicine, Rahman said. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said Army helicopters were assisting in relief efforts in the remote district, which is just 140 kilometers (85 miles) north of the provincial capital Puli Khumri, but is an eight to nine hour journey by land because of the rugged terrain.

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WHO concerned by cholera in South Sudan

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June 3, 2014 Health officials in South Sudan are scrambling to contain a cholera outbreak as the death toll from the diarrheal disease rose and infections were reported beyond the capital, Juba, and in other parts of Central Equatoria state and in distant Upper Nile state. From VOA: The WHO reports more than 1,000 cases […]The post The Daily Impact: WHO concerned by more than 1,000 cholera cases in South Sudan appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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Deadly cholera outbreak strikes South Sudan

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May 20, 2014 A cholera outbreak in capital of South Sudan where five months of civil war has left thousands homeless and disrupted food supplies and health services, has left at least nine people dead. From Reuters: WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Monday nine people were believed to have died of cholera, which can kill in days if not treated. An estimated 138 had been registered so far in and around Juba. A WHO spokeswoman in Juba told Reuters by phone: “The outbreak has just started and it’s spreading…Although they are not confirmed, we’ve got reports that other people in other areas are equally affected, so it is certainly spreading.” UNICEF has supplied tents, hygiene equipment, clean water and oral rehydration solutions for a treatment centre.

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The Daily Impact: Insecticide resistant mosquitoes raise dengue concerns in Vietnam

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19 May 2014 Heath experts warn that mosquitoes in Vietnamese cities have exhibited an insecticide-resistance at the same time that climate factors have extended the dengue fever season year-round. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have exhibited signs of resistance to several common insecticides said Tran Thanh Duong, head of the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology during a Wednesday meeting in Hanoi. Duong said the disease has killed at least four among the more than 8,000 people infected this year and will grow increasingly hard to manage since Vietnam hosts four strains of the virus. People who develop immunity to one remain vulnerable to others, he said. Duong said the disease has become active during all seasons due to climate and environmental changes. Traditionally, the illness peaked in the south during June (the start of monsoon season) and in September in the north. Duong said dengue fever has been considered an urban disease due to a dramatic surge of infections in large cities and rapidly urbanizing areas

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Marital Rape is Legal, Rules Indian Court

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May 15, 2014 A judge in India has officially confirmed that rape laws do not apply to married couples. Forced sex is no longer a crime after marriage, ruled the court. From the Telegraph: A man who allegedly drugged and raped his wife has been acquitted after a judge confirmed Indian rape laws do not apply to married couples. Feminist campaigners said the judgment highlighted the failure of Indian law to protect the majority of women in the country – those who are married – from being raped or their right to refuse to have sex with their husbands. In this latest case, the women, whose identity was not revealed, claimed her marriage was illegal and had been conducted against her will after she had been sedated

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Vaccine Skepticism in Cameroon Poses Threat for Children

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May 8, 2014 The growing number of child deaths from diarrhea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine designed to protect babies from rotaviruses that cause diarrhea, But growing skepticism over new vaccines coupled with a lack of potable water and proper hygiene could thwart such public health efforts. From IPS: “Diarrhoea is one of the top killers of children under five in Cameroon, responsible for more than 5,800 deaths in children under five yearly,” Desire Noulna of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) told IPS. According to GAVI, a public-private alliance to boost immunisation, rotavirus kills more than 600 children every day in Africa, and thousands more are hospitalised or require clinic visits. Globally, rotavirus is the most usual cause of severe gastroenteritis in children, accounting for an estimated 2.4 million hospital admissions and 527,000 deaths each year. About 85 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, mainly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Circumcision and celebrities: scaling-up voluntary medical male circumcision

PSI’s award winning ad campaign for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and a new collection of papers on the quality, sustainability, and demand for (VMMC). The post Circumcision and celebrities: scaling-up voluntary medical male circumcision appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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Another group of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

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May 7, 2014 Another eight girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, adding to the 276 that were kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly a year ago. From Al Jazeera: A police source, who could not be named, said on Tuesday that the eight girls were taken away overnight on trucks, along with looted livestock and food. “They were […]The post The Daily Impact: Another group of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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The Daily Impact: WHO declares health emergency over Polio spread

May 6, 2014 The WHO declared an international health emergency on Monday in reaction to the recent spread of Polio in non-endemic countries. From the New York Times: An emergency committee convened by the organization announced in Geneva that three countries — Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon — had allowed the virus to spread, and should take extraordinary measures to combat it, including making sure that all children in those countries are inoculated or reinoculated. Dr. Bruce Aylward, the W.H.O. official in charge of polio eradication, said during a telephone news conference that citizens of those countries who travel abroad should be vaccinated before they leave and should carry an internationally recognized certificate as proof.

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Innovation: challenging the status quo

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; Q&A with Duncan Blair, Director of Public Health Initiatives, Alere, Inc. Impact: How do you define innovation? What do you think are some of the most important factors driving innovation in global health? DB: Innovation is not only about delivering something new but also about delivering something which provides positive outcomes. What you need for innovation really is creative and engaged people — it’s all about people being willing to challenge the status quo

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Take action to #BringBackOurGirls

Over 270 Nigerian girls between 15 and 18 years old were kidnapped from their school two weeks ago by Boko Haram militants, a terrorist group whose name translates to “Western education is sinful.” The school’s principal, Hajiya Asabe Ali Kwambula, told the New York Times yesterday that 53 girls managed to escape while 223 are still missing. The girls have reportedly been taken to a terrorist camp deep in the forest, although new reports have come in this week from remote villages that some of the girls have been “auctioned off to Boko Haram members for 2,000 Naira” — about $12 — for forced “marriages” or sex slavery. Nigerians have been holding mass protests this week calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy every means possible to find the girls. You can join the international call to action to bring back the girls by supporting two petitions that have been building momentum. The post Take action to #BringBackOurGirls appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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