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75% emerging infectious diseases zoonotic: UN Report -Rajeshwari Sinha

-Down to Earth Document emphasises on importance of a ‘One-Health’ approach to manage and prevent zoonotic disease outbreaks and pandemics About 60 per cent of known infectious diseases in humans and 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, according to a new report published recently by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Preventing the Next Pandemic:Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain...

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Drought-led migration is making girls prey to trafficking in Andhra Pradesh's Kadiri, pushing town towards HIV/AIDS -TS Sudhir

-Firstpost.com Dr Mano Ranjan has been working at the Institute of Infectious Diseases situated on the Anantapur-Kadiri Road in Andhra Pradesh since 2009. This is the premier institute for the entire Rayalaseema region (southern Andhra Pradesh) for those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Dr Ranjan gets 25 new HIV/AIDS patients every day. "It is a ticking time bomb," he says. Thirty percent of the cases are from hamlets in and around Kadiri, unarguably the...

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Centre bars leading NGO from receiving foreign funds under FCRA -Namrata Biji Ahuja

-TheWeek.in In a major decision that is likely to have wide-ranging repercussions, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), barring it from receiving foreign funds. PHFI is a public-private initiative that aims to strengthen training, research and policy development in public health. The NGO was launched by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006. The...

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National Health Policy 2015: A Narrow Focus Needed -Javid Chowdhury

-Economic and Political Weekly Since independence, India's national health policies have been aspirational but the end results have been limited. The National Health Policy 2015, which is in the process of being finalised, should, in place of the earlier "broadband" approach, adopt a "narrow focus" on primary healthcare through the National Rural Health Mission. The latter has focused on primary healthcare and has shown visible results. A slew of suggestions as...

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New hepatitis cure far too costly -Martin Khor

-Asia News Network A controversy is brewing over a new cure for hepatitis C because it is extremely expensive and patients in middle-income countries like Malaysia will find it way beyond their budget. There are an estimated 400,000 Malaysians with hepatitis C, but this is probably a significant under-estimate since many people are not aware that they have the virus. Worldwide, 170 million people live with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and every...

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