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Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Response In Philippines

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces in the Washington Post addressing the post-typhoon humanitarian response in the Philippines.Lauren Prather: In the newspaper’s “The Monkey Cage” blog, Prather, a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s Department of Political Science, examines whether the U.S. should provide aid in the form…

China’s Relaxation Of One-Child Policy ‘Could Significantly Improve Lives’

Noting China last week relaxed its one-child policy to allow couples “to have two children if one parent is an only child,” as well as several other announced reforms, a New York Times editorial writes, “Set against the government’s authoritarian record, the announcements on family size … are genuinely surprising.…

Shah Says Philippines Will Not Have Aid Problems Similar To Haiti

“The Philippine government is strong enough to ensure long-term reconstruction in the wake of devastating Typhoon Haiyan is effective and avoid the aid problems seen after the Haiti earthquake three years ago, the [USAID administrator] said on Tuesday,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “One thousand U.S. marines were arriving on…

China’s One-Child Policy Relaxation Could Impact Food Security, Public Services

“China’s relaxation of its one-child policy, announced last week, is unlikely to spark a baby boom,” ScienceInsider reports, adding, “But it may be a steppingstone to a bigger change that influences when the nation’s population peaks — a milestone with major ramifications for food security.” According to the news service,…

Southern Afghanistan Marks 1 Year With No Recorded Polio Cases

“No new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in southern Afghanistan in the last year, UNICEF said Tuesday, marking a crucial milestone in the country’s battle against the debilitating disease,” TIME reports, noting “Afghanistan is one of the three remaining countries (along with Pakistan and Nigeria) where polio is…

Humanitarian Response Continues In Philippines

News outlets continue their coverage of the humanitarian response in the Philippines. “Nearly two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the central Philippines, experts and activists here are warning that post-disaster reconstruction needs to be more transparent than past efforts, while also focusing on a long-term assistance strategy that…

Bangladesh Sees Major Progress In Health Indicators, Studies Show

“Bangladesh has had 40 years of exceptional progress in health, with infant mortality down, life expectancy up and good disease control, all despite being one of the world’s poorest countries, researchers said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “‘Over the past 40 years, Bangladesh has outperformed its Asian neighbors, convincingly defying the…

China Should Abolish One-Child Policy

Noting China last week announced it will ease its one-child policy, allowing families with at least one parent who is an only child to have two children, a Washington Post editorial provides a brief history of the policy and writes, “It was an ill-conceived response to the overpopulation fears that…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 31 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue discusses the process for submitting regional applications under the new funding model, highlights a new Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, notes “a Colombian health initiative supported by the…

Philippines, WHO Launch Mass Vaccination Campaign For Children

“The Philippine government and the [WHO] on Friday launched a mass vaccination campaign for children to prevent measles and polio outbreaks among survivors of typhoon Haiyan,” Bernama reports (11/22). “The campaign targets children in areas hardest hit by the disaster — starting with the evacuation centers in the city of…