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India’s Social Spending Cuts Threaten AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs

Reuters: Funding crisis puts India’s AIDS program, and lives, at risk “India’s fight against AIDS is being jeopardized by a cut in social spending by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, with health workers being laid off and programs to prevent the spread of the deadly disease curtailed. … [I]n February,…

Wall Street Journal Examines Use Of Fire As Punishment, Escape Among Indian Women

Wall Street Journal: In Indian Families, the Dangerous Meeting of Women and Fire “…Even as India rushes toward modernity, the country still sees unusually large numbers of women killed or injured by fire as a result of family conflict, a problem with deep cultural roots…” (Pesta/Rana, 7/22).

Tougher Sanctions On North Korea Might Encourage More Responsible Domestic Food Policies

Wall Street Journal: North Korea’s Political Famines Robert A. Manning, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and James Przystup, senior fellow at the U.S. National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies “…Less than five percent of North Korea’s military budget could easily fill its food gap. Perhaps if [Kim…

China Could Introduce 2-Child Policy By Year End, Government Source Says

The Guardian: China may adopt ‘two-child policy’ this year as demographic timebomb looms “Thirty-five years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic ‘time bomb,’ China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy. The new regulation, under…

Open Data Systems Needed To Help End Extreme Poverty

Washington Post: Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty. That’s why the U.N. should push countries to gather and share data. Rohini Pande, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative, and Florian Blum, economics PhD student at the…

Greater Investment In Health Systems, Workforce, Compassionate Role Models Necessary To Prevent Mistreatment During Childbirth

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: Stronger Health Systems Could End Abuse during Childbirth Rebeccah Bartlett, a nurse and UNC-IntraHealth summer fellow, discusses volunteering in a maternity ward in 2013 in the Philippines, where “[w]hat troubled me most was the way the women were treated.” She recounts verbal and physical mistreatment of…