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WHO elections

WHO's newly elected chief reaffirms one-China principle

Tedros Adhanom told Xinhua that he would abide by the One-China Principle as enshrined in the related UN General Assembly resolution and the World Health Assembly resolution when handling issues in the WHO which are related to China’s Taiwan

May 26, 2017

China warns Taiwan of continued lockout from WHO assembly

China’s health minister has all but slammed the door on any more participation for Taiwan at the World Health Organization’s annual assembly until the island accepts the ‘One China’ principle. Health Minister Li Bin blamed the Taiwanese President’s party, saying its refusal to accept the idea of a single China has torpedoed its ambitions to attend, leading to the first lock out of Taiwan as an observer state since 2008

May 21, 2017
San Fransisco Chronicle

Shut out of U.N. forum, Taiwan slams China's 'coercion and threats'

Taiwan hopes its allies will stand up to China’s ‘coercion and threats’ that have shut it out of the UN’s annual World Health Assembly, Taiwanese Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung told Reuters

May 20, 2017

WHO bars Taiwanese media from covering annual meeting

The United Nations’ exclusion of Taiwan moved toward media coverage as members of the Taiwanese press corp were barred from covering this year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva. China Post reports that WHO has refused the Central News Agency from Taiwan any press passes to cover this year’s event. The Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Chih-chung accused the WHO of ‘violating its own charter with the whole world watching’ 

May 15, 2017
China Post

Taiwan wants to join WHA: Foreign Ministry asks friends for help

Taiwan says they have submitted a proposal to its allied to formally ask the WHO to invite Taiwan to the World Health Assembly 

May 15, 2017
China Post

Does Taiwan’s WHA Exclusion Really Matter? An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Healt...

The News Lens discusses Taiwan’s official exclusion from the World Health Assembly and asks the question as to whether this really matters

May 15, 2017
The News Lens

Promoting health through the life course

China's War on Foreign Garbage

For more than 30 years, imports of recycled goods have fueled China`s manufacturing boom. The government has now announced that it`d had enough. By the end of the year, it told the World Trade Organization, it would stop accepting most recycled plastics, paper, textiles and other products from overseas. The decision is part of a campaign against "foreign garbage" that harms public health and the environment

July 20, 2017

International NGOs' China operations hit by registration delays under new law

Some international NGOs in China are suspending operations, cancelling events and losing partnerships in the country six months after the government introduced a law requiring them to register with the police. To register, the groups must first approach a government ministry from a provided list and ask it to become a "supervisory body" that will vet financial and operational details of the NGO`s work before filing them with the Ministry of Public Security. Most of the dozen NGOs approached by Reuters say the law has been a bureaucratic nightmare and appears to be aimed at making it more difficult for them to operate in China

July 7, 2017

U.S. brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The U.S. State Department has placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump. Myanmar was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List of nations that deserve special scrutiny, from Tier 3, those countries not complying with minimum U.S. standards and making no significant effort to do so. Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar moved up to Tier 2, a list of nations making significant efforts to comply

June 27, 2017

China launches five "green finance" pilot zones

China has launched five pilot zones to promote "green finance" and help pay for a war on pollution that is expected to cost at least 3 trillion yuan ($440 billion) a year, according to notices published by the central bank. The five zones will be set up in the provinces of Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, as well as the far western region of Xinjiang, and financial institutions will be given a variety of incentives to provide credit and special funds for environmentally friendly industries

June 27, 2017

China's $10 billion strategic project in Myanmar sparks local ire

Myanmar`s Kyauk Pyu port is key to China`s "Belt and Road" plans as an entry point for the pipeline that gives China an alternative route for Middle East oil and is part of the nearly $10 billion Kyauk Pyu Special Economic Zone, a scheme at the heart of fast-warming Myanmar-China relations and whose success is crucial for Aung San Suu Kyi. Internal documents show up to 20,000 people may be relocated. Although the Chinese developer claims the project will create 100,000 new jobs, few of the villagers suffering from relocation have been able to land work on this project. Suspicion of China runs deep in Myanmar, and public hostility due to environmental and other concerns has delayed or derailed Chinese mega-projects in the country in the past

June 9, 2017

Gay Chinese battle inertia, conservatism to push rights

When Chinese sexologist Li Yinhe was looking for top-level government support for same-sex marriage in the early 2000s, she asked the then mayor of Beijing, Wang Qishan, a friend, for help, after decades of Communist prudery about sex of all kinds, during recent years of economic reform and growth, gay Chinese have sprung forward to reclaim the country`s long history of relative tolerance towards homosexuality. With no clear, bureaucratic way forward to legalise same-sex marriage, unlike in Taiwan which approved the step last month, and deeply conservative attitudes among the older generation towards sex, gay Chinese are pushing against old social norms and legal uncertainty to assert their rights

June 7, 2017

China supports AU's plans to set up centres to control and detect disease in Africa

The Chinese government backs the AU’s plans to set up African Centres for Disease Control in the hope that early detection and treatment of diseases will stymie the devastation of such outbreaks.  The first centre headquarters would be in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and would take three years to build. A further five regional centres would be built in Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Egypt and Gabon. China has a large number of expats living in Africa and a yellow fever outbreak a while back in Angola saw some return home and put a strain on the Chinese health system. So it is in China’s national interest – the spokesperson said 

May 14, 2017
Independent Online

Chinese Lawmaker Proposes Cutting Nation's High Marriage Age

A Chinese lawmaker is proposing to cut the minimum age for men and women to marry,, down from 20 for women and 22 for men to just 18 years old. The rationale is to encourage more births as the nation grows older

March 12, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Health Ministry warns of bird flu

The Ministry of Health in Cambodia warned people to be aware of the new avian influenza strain H7N9, which has spread to poultry in China and neighbouring countries. Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said that in the past two years, Cambodia has not had any cases of avian influenza H5N1 infecting people, despite it spreading to poultry in Svay Rieng province early this year. However, he said officials are concerned about the new avian flu H7N9, which has been spreading in China, Vietnam and Laos

July 25, 2017
Khmer Times

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 June 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of five additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. On 24 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of 10 additional laboratory-confirmed cases and on 30 June 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of six more

July 19, 2017
World health Organization

China program to vaccinate poultry against bird flu will be nationwide

China`s program to vaccinate poultry against the H7N9 strain of bird flu will be carried out nationwide from this autumn, the country`s agriculture ministry said. The government had previously said the program would initially only be applied in some provinces, with other areas allowed to receive vaccinations if approved by veterinary authorities. The step is part of a drive against bird flu after human cases of the virus spiked in the country last winter, claiming at least 268 lives since October

July 12, 2017

13 dengue fever cases reported in SW China

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China`s Yunnan Province has seen a surge in dengue fever cases, with 13 reported since the prefecture`s first case of this year on June 23. An emergency response has been launched and measures have been taken for disease prevention and control

June 28, 2017

Four H7N9 cases reported in SW China

Southwest China`s Yunnan Province reported four cases of human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said. The cases were discovered in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. Of the four patients, one has fully recovered and three others are still in hospital for treatment, said a statement of the Yunnan provincial health and family planning commission

June 28, 2017
xinhuanet, french.china.org

Genetic analysis of H7N9 finds adaptations, clade patterns

In the latest genetic analysis of H7N9 avian influenza samples from China, researchers said viruses circulating in the current fifth wave fall into two geographically separate clades of Yangtze River Delta lineages that have undergone substantial adaptation. Most human cases in the current wave are from the YRD lineage, which aren`t as reactive to existing candidate vaccine viruses. The YRD viruses have formed two subsets, YRD-1 and YRD-2. Within the YRD-2 subset, the team observed two clades, one (YRD-2a) circulating in central and eastern China and the other (YRD-2b) mainly found in eastern Guangdong province, its likely origin. They said the YRD-2b clade also includes the recently identified highly pathogenic H7N9 viruses

June 26, 2017

Dealing with increasing cases of monkey malaria in humans

There are increasing reports of monkey malaria, most of which are due to P. knowlesi, and which has established itself as the fifth Plasmodium species that infects humans. It has not been determined whether P. knowlesi is naturally transmitted from one human to another by the mosquito, without the natural intermediate host (monkeys). As such, P. knowlesi is still considered a zoonotic infection. There were 4,553 and 204 cases reported from Sabah and Sarawak, and Peninsular Malaysia from 2004 to 2016 respectively. The infection has also been reported in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and China with 465, 37, 33, six, five, three, one and one cases respectively

June 25, 2017

Ten H7N9 cases confirmed in China as poultry outbreak noted

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported 10 additional cases of H7N9 avian flu, all in men, including 2 deaths. Nine out of the 10 patients had known exposure to live poultry or poultry markets. The men`s ages range from 31 to 79, and the cases are reported from a wide swath of China, including two each in Beijing and Sichuan, and one each in Anhui, Guizhou, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Tianjin provinces and in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

June 23, 2017

China reports additional H7N9 avian flu, Health officials meet in Hong Kong

The China National Health and Family Planning Commission reported an additional five human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including one death during the week of Jun. 9 through 15. The four male patients and one female, who came from Beijing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan and Zhejiang and were aged from 41 to 68, had onset from April 25 to June 6. Among them, three were known to have exposure to poultry or poultry markets

June 18, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Pandemic possible with H7N9 virus

A study has warned that mutations in the bird flu H7N9 virus could lead to a "pandemic" that could cause sickness and death around the world. The study, led by Yu Hongjie and fellow researchers at Fudan University`s Public Health Institute in Shanghai, is based on information from all lab-confirmed human cases of H7N9 reported in the Chinese mainland as of late February. A surge in human infections with the latest outbreak in China has prompted pandemic concerns. Virus samples collected in February from two human cases in Guangdong province were confirmed to have the mutation that made the virus capable of causing sickness and death in infected poultry as well

June 14, 2017

Warning system predicts dengue fever risk in south China

Researchers have developed an early warning system to predict the risk of dengue fever infections in southern China`s Guangdong Province, authorities said. The system uses real-time information such as seasonal climate forecasts, infection distribution and mosquito density to produce risk estimates up to two months in advance, according to Ma Wenjun, head of the institute of public health under the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention

June 14, 2017

China H7N9 bird flu death toll rose to 37 in May: health authority

China reported 37 human deaths from H7N9 bird flu in May, the national health authority said, up from 24 in April. It also reported 72 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu during May, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission

June 12, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 May 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 17 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. Then, on 26 May 2017, it notified WHO of nine more laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. No case clustering has been reported so far. There were 12 more human cases reported from June 2 to June 8

June 8, 2017
June 10, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Husband, wife confirmed with H7N9 virus infection in China's Shaanxi

A man has been confirmed infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus, following the infection of his wife in northwest China`s Shaanxi Province, local health authorities said Wednesday, he tested positive for the virus Tuesday in Yulin city, after days of high fever and coughing at his hometown nearby, the city`s disease control center said in a statement. It is the second H7N9 human infection case in the city, the first being his 62-year-old wife, surnamed Yang, who was confirmed with the virus on May 31

June 7, 2017

Guangdong reports 8 imported Chikungunya fever cases

A total of eight chikungunya fever cases have been reported since April in south China’s Guangdong province, according to local authorities. The eight people, all from South Asia, were found to be infected with Chikungunya virus at Guangzhou Baiyan International Airport, according to the Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau

June 2, 2017
June 1, 2017

China reports H7N9 avian influenza case in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

The Health and Family Planning Commission of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has reported its first human case of H7N9 in a male patient from Wuyuan County of Bayannur City. Officials said the patients is in a stable condition and the source of the infection is probably poultry reared at his home

June 2, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Bird flu outbreak in Shaanxi province kills 20,000 chickens

More than 20,000 chickens died from an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in north west China’s Shaanxi province, a local government official said. The outbreak occurred at an egg farm run by Lvxiangyuan Ecology based in Yulin, city of more than 3m people

May 31, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

China notified WHO of an additional 23 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9 virus in China earlier this month. At the time of notification (13 May) there had been seven deaths, 15 patients were diagnosed with pneumonia or severe pneumonia and a further case was mild

May 23, 2017
World Health Organization

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infections

China said it will shut poultry markets in districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected. One case was of a man who sold poultry at a market in southwest Sichuan province’s Zigong city. In another incident, a man who visited poultry markets in Shandong’s Binzhou city was diagnosed too

May 21, 2017
Reuters, Kuwait Times, China.org

Primeiro caso de H7N9 é registrado no norte da China

Shanxi province saw its first case of human H7N9 with a 66 year-old woman testing positive at the Datong city’s disease prevention and control unit. Across the country a total of 96 people were reportedly infected with H7N9, according to March figures, of which 47 people had died

May 17, 2017
CRI Online

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 18 additional laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza H7N9 virus in mainland China. Onset dates range from 6-23 April, 2017. Of these 18 cases, eight cases were female.

May 9, 2017

China reports 24 more H7N9 avian flu cases, 9 fatal

China continues to see a steady pace of new H7N9 avian flu infections late into the season, with 24 fresh cases being reported over the last week, including one from a province that has never reported a case before. China has also culled 80,000 birds in Hebei after detecting an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on a farm of layer hens

May 8, 2017
May 5, 2017
Reuters, Xinhuanet, Reuters

Central China reports one H7N9 death

A woman has died of H7N9 bird flu infection in China’s Hubei province, local authorities said. The 68-year old woman tested positive on April 27 after days of high fever with no apparent explanation. Additionally, Manila Times reported that there are worries in China about mutation of the H7N9 virus and its increased pathogenicity in poultry, though human cases are not linked to this new strain

May 3, 2017
Global Times
May 2, 2017
Manila Times
April 30, 2017
May 2, 2017
TelesurTV, China.org
May 3, 2017

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On the 21 April, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of an additional 28 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza (H7N9) in mainland China. To date, there has been a total of 1,421 laboratory-confirmed human infections with H7N9 reported since early 2013. WHO’s risk assessment noted this fifth wave of H7N9 is greater in numbers of human cases than it was in earlier waves. WHO still views contact through infected poultry, or contaminated environments, including live poultry markets, as the primary source of infection and believes the risk of community level spread is still low

May 1, 2017

New H7N9 case reported in NE China

A H7N9 patient is in a critical condition in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, local health authorities said. The patient, a 61-year old woman, is receiving treatment in a private hospital. The province has reported four cases of H7N9 this year so far

April 21, 2017
xinhuanet, Cidrap, China.org

Four new cases of H7N9 reported in north China

Two new cases of H7N9 infection have been reported in Henan Province in China, local authorities said, taking the number of new cases in northern China in recent days to four. Earlier, authorities in Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, said a man had contracted the H7N9 virus. Tianjin also reported a 58 year-old woman had been infected with H7N9 last Friday

April 16, 2017
South China Morning Post
April 15, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily
April 14, 2017
China.org, Sina.com, Jiangsu Now
April 15, 2017

China's H7N9 bird flu death toll at 47 in March - government data

China reported 47 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in march, the national health authority said, compared with 61 deaths in February. It also reported 96 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month, according to the statement posted on the National Health and Family Planning Commission website

April 12, 2017
Channel News Asia, Reuters, Business Insider

Two new H7N9 cases reported in China's Hunan province

Two new cases of H7N9 infection were reported between March 31 and April 6 in central China Hunan Province, according to the health authorities. Live poultry trading has been suspended in the provincial capital Changsha since March 17, which will last until the end of April. Nationwide, 79 people died in January from the virus, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission

April 9, 2017
China Daily
April 8, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily, Nampa.org

China says has contained foot-and-mouth outbreak on southern Guangdong farm

China’s Ministry of Agriculture said 37 pigs on a farm in the southern Guangdong province had been killed after contracting the O-type strain of foot-and-mouth

March 30, 2017

China's confirms sixth bird flu outbreak at duck farm in Hubei province

China confirmed a bird flu outbreak, the sixth case in China since last October, at a duck farm in central Hubei province, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement. The H7N9 strain of the virus has caused 161 deaths in China since last October. There were 61 fatalities and 160 cases of human infection from H7H9 bird flu up to February, a government spokesperson added

March 14, 2017
March 15, 2017
Shanghai Daily, hk.news.yahoo.com

Non communicable diseases

Mother's heart health tied to breastfeeding

A woman`s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life may be influenced by how long she breastfed her children, according to a new study from China. Women who reported having breastfed for any amount of time were about 9 percent less likely than mothers who never breastfed to have signs of coronary heart disease, like a heart attack, in middle age and later and about 8 percent less likely to have a stroke. "This study suggests that it reduces the mother’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease," said study author Zhengming Chen, of the University of Oxford in the UK. But, Chen added, the study does not prove a direct or causal link between not breastfeeding and poor cardiovascular health

June 21, 2017

China struggles to kick world-leading cigarette habit

An estimated 316m people in China, almost a quarter of the population, smoke and concerns are growing about the long-term effects on public health and the economy because a decade long study says 59% of all smokers have no plans to quit. Despite major cities moving to ban public smoking, there has only been a modest cigarette tax increase back in 2015. Rising prosperity makes cigarettes more affordable so low taxes reinforce this and more smoke. There is a sense that China is falling behind due to lobbying by its state-owned tobacco monopoly who wants to postpone efforts to toughen tobacco policies

May 31, 2017

Health systems

China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

China will add three dozen new drugs to a list of medicines covered by basic insurance schemes after global pharmaceutical firms agreed to slash prices of blockbuster treatments for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said it had agreed to add 36 drugs to the National Reimbursable Drugs List in return for an average 44 percent price cut against last year`s retail prices

July 19, 2017

Clock is ticking for WHO decision over Taiwan

An editorial in Nature Magazine discusses the history of the World Health Organization and its decision to not invite Taiwanese health authorities to the World Health Assembly. The suggestion is there is a risk that this will allow regional politics to hamper public health as it makes disease outbreak management harder – the magazine points to the 2003 SAR virus outbreak as evidence. Nature cites some health experts as calling for Taiwan not to be excluded but others say it is not a problem as the meeting is largely symbolic

May 19, 2017

Beijing ends hospital markups on drug prices

Beijing announced public hospitals will end mark-ups on drug prices to separate medical treatment and drug sales and to lower costs to patients. Previously, drug prices were marked up by 15%, but this is now disallowed in over 3,600 hospitals and medical institutions across the city from April 8 

March 22, 2017

More wealth, less health: The changes fuelling China’s drug industry boom

The Telegraph highlighted the changes which are sweeping through Chinese society, such as a growing middle class, and an increasingly elderly population with a demand for improving healthcare – which are all combining to open up opportunity for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in China

March 4, 2017

Communicable diseases

China helps Guyana battle Zika, other infectious diseases

China has donated at least GYD$20 million in medical equipment to Guyana to aid the fight against Zika and other infectious diseases. The equipment will be used in the Reference Laboratory of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).“I want to thank the Chinese Embassy and the people of China for the continued support in the medical field and look forward to other support for the Reference Laboratory”, Health Minister, Volda Lawrence was quoted in a Ministry of Public Health statement as saying following the signing ceremony at the GPHC

June 27, 2017

Three mutations could make bird flu a potential pandemic: study

Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people. The flu strain, known as H7N9, now mostly infects birds but it has infected at least 779 people in outbreaks in and around China, mainly related to poultry markets. Researchers led by James Paulson of the Scripps Research Institute in California looked at mutations that could potentially take place in the H7N9 virus`s genome. The team`s findings, published in the journal PLoS Pathogens, showed that in laboratory tests, mutations in three amino acids made the virus more able to bind to human cells - suggesting these changes are key to making the virus more dangerous to people

June 15, 2017
June 16, 2017
New Delhi Times

China Offers Anti Malaria To Five Million In Africa

China has recently declared as part of its new health commitments to provide Africa with the popular anti-malaria medication, Artemisinin, for five million people. It said it will lend support to build health systems and policies in the areas of disease surveillance, strengthening of prevention and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases, improvement of maternal and child healthcare and reproductive health

May 18, 2017
Leadership Nigeria

China says Taiwan health not at risk by absence from U.N. meeting

China says Taiwan health is not at risk by its absence from the World Health Assembly meeting as there is no barrier to technical or medical exchanges. Taiwan accuses China of politicizing health and putting the health of people on the island at risk and says it will send a delegation even if it has no official invitation. Both Japan and the U.S. support Taiwan’s World Health Assembly bid to attend

May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017
Reuters, Reuters
May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017
South China Morning Post, Focus Taiwan, China Post

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic

Time magazine reviews the global state of affairs in world healthcare through the prism of current virus worry H7N9. It says the virus has started jumping from chickens to humans and is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems and 41% died. It may not spread easily from person to person, yet, but the longer it spends in humans the more it might mutate and the contagion spread

May 4, 2017

WHO Calls for China's National Ban on Smoking

WHO officials told the Chinese that economic dividends from China’s tobacco industry are a false economy and at odds with the government’s Healthy China 2030 vision. The cost of tobacco use in china in 2014 amounted to a staggering 350bn yuan ($57bn), a tenfold increase since 2000. This increase is due to more people being diagnosed with tobacco-related illnesses and increasing healthcare expenditure. When you factor in productivity losses from premature deaths the figure is even higher, said the UN report

April 16, 2017
Women of China
April 18, 2017
The Sun Daily, China Daily

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards SDGs

Dr Shamshad Akhtar, under-secretary general of the UN and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, praised the efforts made by Asia Pacific nations to push ahead with the implementation of the 17 SDGs. She highlighted the domestication of the action plan by these countries, many of whom have developed a national sustainable development strategy, as a particular success. She picked out progress on gender equality in primary education and maternal mortality rates which are down, except for isolated pockets

April 3, 2017
The Phnom Penh Post
April 2, 2017
Malay Mail
April 3, 2017
Eurasia Review
March 31, 2017
The Irrawady

How successful were the millennium development goals?

A new study tries to measure the success of the Millennium Development Goals. The research indicates that at least 21 million lives were saved due to accelerated progress. Two-thirds of the lives saved were in sub-Saharan Africa, around a fifth were in China and India and the remainder were spread across the developing world. Between 8.8 to 17.3m of the lives saved were due to faster progress on child mortality; 8.7m due to expanded treatment for HIV Aids, 3.1m due to declines in TB deaths and approximately half a million due to improvements in maternal mortality

March 30, 2017
The Guardian
January 11, 2017
Brookings Institute

Western demand for goods from China is killing 100,000 a year

A new study claims Chinese-made goods bought in western Europe and the U.S. have, in effect, killed over 100,000 people in China in one year alone – as a result of air pollution associated with their manufacture.  Microscopic pollutant particles in the air from increased manufacturing and consumption mean India and China are now shouldering the biggest burden in terms of pollutant-linked deaths. The study authors say in 2007 22% of air-pollution related deaths were associated with goods and services produced in one country and consumed in another

March 29, 2017
New Scientist, Eureka Alert, The Guardian, USA Today
March 30, 2017
Business Day

WHO says bird flu outbreaks raise alarm, but human risks still low

WHO says the risk of sustained human transmission of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but because the surge in human cases there is worrying the situation requires constant monitoring

March 1, 2017