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Investment In Child Nutrition Could Provide Future Economic Benefits, Study Shows

Wall Street Journal: Study Ties Children’s Nutrition to Indonesia’s Future “…In a paper released [Tuesday], a team of economists commissioned by a think tank called the Copenhagen Consensus Center looks at where money can be invested in development to ensure the biggest impact. It finds that every dollar invested in…

Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Can Be Controlled In 2015, WHO Official Says

The Guardian: Pakistan polio outbreak ‘will probably be fixed next year,’ says WHO official “…So far this year, 262 cases have been detected in the country, including in Swat, an area that had been free of polio for five years. … But Elias Durry, one of the World Health Organization’s…

Pakistan Prime Minister Condemns Militant Attack On Polio Workers That Left Four Dead

News outlets report on an attack on polio workers in Pakistan, which left four people dead. Agence France-Presse: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan “Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan’s restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt…

More Than 4M Indians Underwent Sterilization In Past Year, Reuters Analysis Reports

Reuters: Indian sterilization targets remain in all but name, critics say “India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilization program in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently. Twenty years on and targets remain in all but…

World Clean Cookstove Conference Aims To Reduce Pollution Deaths

Newsweek: The Stoves Used by Millions in Developing Countries Are a Silent Killer “As many as four million people in developing countries die every year from illnesses caused by smoke and other pollutants that fill their homes every time they fire up the stove to cook a meal for their…

Asia Pacific Nations Adopt Goal To Eliminate Malaria By 2030

UCSF Global Health Sciences: Commentary: Asia Pacific adopts game-changing goal to be malaria-free by 2030 Erika Larson, advocacy and communications manager of the Malaria Elimination Initiative at the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses the Asia Pacific malaria elimination goal, which was adopted last week…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Access To Toilets, Sanitation

Foreign Policy: It’s Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets Lauren Bohn, multimedia journalist and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted The Guardian: Snakebites, diarrhea, and violence: why India’s rural women need toilets Seren Boyd, writer for Toilet Twinning Huffington Post: It’s Time to Break the Silence on Sanitation and…

India Should End Mass Sterilization, More Strongly Regulate Pharmaceutical Industry

New York Times: India’s Lethal Birth Control Editorial Board “…India persists in a cruel strategy of bringing down birthrates through mass female sterilization. … Thirteen women died shortly after undergoing tubal ligations on Nov. 8, in what in India is called a ‘sterilization camp.’ … Faced with public outrage, Prime…