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New vaccines for India’s children: A promise fulfilled

On July 3, 2014, the Prime Minister of India announced that three new vaccines, including an indigenously developed rotavirus vaccine, would be provided to all children in India. The other two vaccines are the inactivated polio vaccine and the rubella vaccine. With this announcement by the Prime Minister, a ray of hope shines bright for children who have been affected by rotavirus diarrhea, estimated at around 1 million hospitalizations annually in the country.

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Over 25,000 people in 42 villages affected in floods in Assam

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Times of India

GUWAHATI: Over 25,000 people have been affected in 42 villages across Assam in second round of floods this year.

According to an official release by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), flood water has affected Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts.

Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat and Dhubri, while Beki is flowing over the danger mark at Barpeta town.

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Global Fund Mid-2014 Results Factsheet

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The Global Fund

The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year. In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent. In addition, 11.9 million people have been treated for tuberculosis in programs supported by the Global Fund.

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Encephalitis outbreaks in India kill more than 150

07/23/2014 09:39 GMT

NEW DELHI, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people, with health officials on alert fearing the death toll could rise further, state government directors said.

Some 102 people have died in West Bengal state from the mosquito-borne virus which affects mainly malnourished children and can cause brain damage and seizures, said medical education director Sushanta Banerjee.

Many of the deaths have occurred since the onset of the monsoon season in June when mosquitoes breed in large numbers.

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Global Fund Results Show Strong Gains

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The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year.

In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent.

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Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight

07/22/2014 06:03 GMT

NEW DELHI, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation "alarming'.

Hundreds of mainly children die across India each year from the mosquito-borne virus, but West Bengal is not normally one of the worst-hit states.

Only five people died last year in West Bengal from Japanese encephalitis, one form of the virus which normally hits during the monsoon season when mosquitos breed.

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Australia reinforces its commitment in fight against AIDS

Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)

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India's snakebite victims could be offered lifesaving low-cost nasal spray

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Guardian

Nasally administered antidote to snake venom to be trialled in India, where the number of fatalities is the highest in the world

Snakebites are a neglected health problem, despite causing up to 84,000 deaths a year worldwide. A new cheap and easy-to-use nasal spray could help reduce the toll, according to researchers.

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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

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New York Times

By GARDINER HARRIS

HEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition.

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Child TB problem far greater than thought: study

07/08/2014 23:01 GMT

PARIS, July 8, 2014 (AFP) - Twenty-five percent more children are falling ill with TB than the UN had thought, with more than 650,000 hit by the disease each year in the 22 worst affected countries, specialists said Wednesday.

Reporting in The Lancet, they said that about 53 million children under 15 are living with latent TB infection, a condition that can develop into active TB at any time.

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Deluge victims get chlorine tablets

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Times of India

TNN | Jul 8, 2014, 04.07PM IST

GUWAHATI: Chlorine tablets were distributed free of cost among residents of Anil Nagar, hit hard by the June 26 deluge, by the public health engineering department on Monday. Residents of Nabin and Tarun Nagar will get such tablets on Tuesday.

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Le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/68/878–S/2014/339)

Assemblée générale Soixante-huitième session Point 65 de l’ordre du jour Promotion et protection des droits de l’enfant

Conseil de sécurité Soixante-neuvième année

I. Introduction

  1. Soumis en application de la résolution 2068 (2012), par laquelle le Conseil de sécurité m’a prié de continuer à lui présenter, tous les ans, des rapports sur l’application de ses résolutions et des déclarations de son président concernant les enfants et les conflits armés, le présent rapport couvre la période allant de janvier à décembre 2013.

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Los niños y los conflictos armados - Informe del Secretario General (A/68/878–S/2014/339)

Asamblea General Sexagésimo octavo período de sesiones Tema 65 del programa Promoción y protección de los derechos del niño

Consejo de Seguridad Sexagésimo noveno año

I. Introducción

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Children and armed conflict - Report of the Secretary-General (A/68/878–S/2014/339)

  1. The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2013, is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2068 (2012), by which the Council requested me to continue to submit annual reports on the implementation of its resolutions and presidential statements on children and armed conflict.

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Peace to flourish through India water project

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Islamic Relief

Less than two years since deadly riots erupted in India’s Assam state, a new Islamic Relief project is building peace between some of the worst-hit communities.

Scores of people died and over 400,000 fled their homes as violence flared between the state’s communities in 2012. Tensions still simmer between Bodo and Muslim communities as well as other tribal minorities such as Rabha and Santhali.

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India Floods Appeal: one year on

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Christian Aid

June 2014

‘It was hard to believe in a life beyond my husband’s death. I don’t know how I’ve overcome this tragedy,’ recalls Sarita.

In June 2013, heavy and incessant rains devastated Uttarakhand state, northern India. Flooding and landslides destroyed homes, lives and livelihoods.

More than 6,000 people died, many of whom were young men earning a living from tourism. Tragically, families like Sarita’s not only lost their precious loved ones but the main breadwinners.

Livelihoods - making a living

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Mumbai tops state in pre-monsoon malaria cases

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Times of India

Umesh Isalkar,TNN | Jun 23, 2014, 11.45 PM IST

Maharashtra has recorded 10,072 malaria cases and seven deaths due to the disease between January and May. Greater Mumbai with 2,688 positive cases and four deaths is on top of the list.

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The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security (A/68/910–S/2014/420 )

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2145 (2014), by which I was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

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16th June 2014 – One Year of Uttarakhand and Himachal Disaster

CDRN Emergency Response & Rehabilitation Impact till date:

  • 5 Districts (Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Kinnaur & Tehri)

  • 31 Villages

1917 Families as Beneficiaries

o 6149 individual as Beneficiaries

o 1515 Children as Beneficiaries

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Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Ninth Report – May 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Eighteen months ago, as 2012 drew to a close, optimism was running high for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Polio transmission in India had been interrupted. The three remaining endemic countries (Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan) had made significant programmatic improvements. Some believed that success was imminent; that polio would soon be history.
Within a matter of months, this optimism quickly unwound:

• Targeted killing of polio vaccinators in Pakistan shocked the world and created major operational constraints.