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India’s Progress On MDGs Mixed

Wall Street Journal: India Hits Its U.N. Poverty-Cutting Target, but Misses Others “India is on track to cut poverty in half by the end of this year, compared to 2000 levels, but needs to do more to improve education and empower women, a United Nations report said Wednesday…” (Agarwal, 2/5).

Poorer, Disadvantaged Children More Likely To Die Young In Developing Countries, Says Report

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Poorest children more likely to die young in developing countries — charity — TRFN “A ‘lottery of birth’ is at play in many developing countries where poorer, socially disadvantaged children are more likely to die than their more fortunate peers, according to a leading children’s charity…” (Caspani,…

Access To Birth Control Could Help Curb Climate Change, Researchers, Policy Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Birth control access key means of reaching climate goals — experts “…[T]he rising population in Pakistan — and elsewhere around the world — is creating more climate-changing emissions and putting more people in the path of extreme weather, food and water shortages, and other climate change pressures.…

Despite Risks, Polio Workers Continue Drive To Eradicate Disease In Pakistan

The Guardian: Karachi polio workers defy Pakistan militants’ murderous campaign “…[A]ttacks have had a devastating effect on the drive to eradicate polio in Pakistan, with cases rocketing to more than 300 last year. And health workers in Karachi … face an exceptionally daunting task. … But in the city’s new…

Women In India’s Mental Health Institutions Face Neglect, Abuse

Inter Press Service: Dumped, Abandoned, Abused: Women in India’s Mental Health Institutions “…Not all the women languishing in these institutions even qualified as having mental health problems; some had simply been put there because they were having affairs, or were embroiled in property disputes with their families. … The scale…

Polio Workers In Pakistan Paying High Price For Protecting Children

The Nation: Campaign Against Polio Editorial Board “Being a polio worker in Pakistan has to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Since 2012, militants opposed to the vaccination campaign have killed 68 polio workers and policemen tasked with protecting them. … An obvious solution to this…

Relaxation Of One-Child Policy In Shanghai Prompting Few Women To Have Second Child

New York Times: In Shanghai, Easing of One-Child Rule Isn’t Seen as Cure for Challenges Ahead “…With one of the lowest fertility rates in China and the country’s fastest-aging population, the city is growing anxious about the demographic and social welfare challenges ahead, researchers say. Under relaxed family planning rules…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses closing the treatment gap for children with HIV, the role of midwives in efforts to eliminate malaria in Myanmar, and the Fund’s 2015 strategic review (1/29).