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Nepal’s Health Sector Thrived But the Government Must Adapt to Federalism

During the two-day review of health sector programs held on 17th and 18th December by the Ministry of Health and Population and various development partners, Nepal's progress against the National Health Sector Strategy (NHSS) targets and the annual work plan for the fiscal year 2074 / 75 were addressed.

The National Health Sector Strategy focused on universal health coverage with four strategic directions, namely, equitable access, quality, and multisectoral approach and health sector reform. Efforts have been directed in all these directions with much progress, but the review-as any review should-cautions practitioners to be careful lest the gains made so far could regress.

Maternal Health in Bhutan Improves

The situation of maternal health in the country has improved over the years. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) has decreased to 89 in 2017 from 380 per 100,000 live births in 1994. This is according to a study on the situation of maternal health in Bhutan, published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal .

New Soft, Non-Toxic Wearable Sensor Developed

Children born prematurely often develop neuromotor and cognitive developmental disabilities. The best way to reduce the impacts of those disabilities is to catch them early through a series of cognitive and motor tests. But accurately measuring and recording the motor functions of small children is tricky. As any parent will tell you, toddlers tend to dislike wearing bulky devices on their hands and have a predilection for ingesting things they shouldn't.

Tiny Tic-Tac-Toe: Microscopic Board Made Using DNA, Research

Move over Mona Lisa, here you eat tic-tac-toe . It was just about a year ago that Caltech scientists in the laboratory of Lulu Qian, assistant professor of bioengineering, announced they had used a technique known as DNA origami to create tiles that could be designed to self-assemble into larger nanostructures that carry predesigned patterns . They chose to make the world's smallest version of the iconic Mona Lisa.

Efficient Simulation Of Brain Using Computer Hardware

Researchers at the University of Sussex have created the fastest and most energy efficient simulation of a mouse brain using off-the-shelf computer hardware . Dr James Knight and Prof Thomas Nowotny from the University of Sussex's School of Engineering and Informatics have published the top 50 supercomputers by running brain simulations using their own GeNN software and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).