Approximately 10.5% of medicines in low and middle income countries including India are sub-standard and falsified, said WHO in this report.

TB remains a big killer despite the development of a better test for detecting the disease.

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Air pollution exposure is the second most important risk factor for ill health in South Asia, contributing to between 13% and 21.7% of all deaths and approximately 58 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) through chronic and acute respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses.1 Of the top 30 cities in the world with the poorest air quality in 2016, 17 are in South Asia.2 The impact of air pollution transcends boundaries. The “brown cloud”—caused by pollution from carbon aerosols—is a phenomenon captured in satellite images of atmospheric haze over South Asia, as well as China.

HOVING into view behind a row of eucalyptus trees, the twin cooling towers of the Sahiwal power plant, a 1,320-megawatt facility in central Pakistan, are so large they seem other-worldly.

MUMBAI: The average time that India's neighbourhood doctors, called primary care consultants, spend with patients is a negligible two minutes.

Aparna Pande, director of Hudson's India Initiative, said that weak states and contested sovereignties across the Himalayas have induced a number of regional actors to seek deeper physical and econ

Lahore - just over 400 kilometres from New Delhi - is choking under a toxic sky with high pollution levels.

The researchers aimed to provide the first comprehensive estimates of the burden of group B Streptococcus (GBS), including invasive disease in pregnant and postpartum women, fetal infection/stillbirth, and infants. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis is the current mainstay of prevention, reducing early-onset infant disease in high-income contexts. Maternal GBS vaccines are in development.

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Concern has been growing in recent years regarding the potential impact of climate change on Pakistan’s already stressed water resources.

This report presents the UN-IGME's latest estimates, up to year end of 2015, of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the country, regional and global levels. Estimates to year end of 2016 will be published in September 2017.

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