Global Health News Roundup

Programs
From a heavy reliance on female sterilization as its primary mode of contraception, this year, the Indian government will take a major step toward modernizing that system and introducing injectable contraceptives free of charge in government facilities.

A study published by Johns Hopkins University in the latest issue of Health Affairs on the economic return of vaccination in low- and middle-income countries has concluded that there is a $16 return for every dollar invested in childhood immunization programs in these countries.

Research
A collaborative NIH-funded project aims to bring rapid influenza diagnostic equipment to rural areas in Mongolia where health professionals had to previously send samples to the national capitol and wait up to two weeks for the results.

Diseases & Disasters
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is warning that a poor water and sanitation situation in northwest Kenya is creating ideal conditions for a future spike in cholera cases.

Technology
Northwestern University Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) has been working on a device that prevents the transfer of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from the mother to the nursing baby by developing a device that checks the temperature of the breast milk. The device is undergoing further testing at the University of Cape Town.

Environmental Health
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that rural livelihood and food security are being impacted by the widespread overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents. They have said that combating this would require coordinated global efforts.

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