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USAID Working To Improve Public Health In India

Writing in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, discusses a recent trip to India and how the USAID Health and Urban Poor (HUP) Program is working in settlements near the Taj Mahal to improve health infrastructure, connect residents with health services and track mothers…

CSIS Report Examines U.S. Strategic Rebalance In Asia-Pacific Region

In a new report titled “A Greater Mekong Health Security Partnership,” the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Task Force on Health and Smart Power in Asia examines the “U.S. strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region,” writing it “reflects a cumulative historic shift in U.S. foreign policy priorities that…

Wall Street Journal Examines India’s School Lunch Program

Noting the deaths of 23 children in India last week “after eating a meal under the program at their school in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog examines the program, quoting a number of experts, and provides “a list of ways to…

Laws Aimed At Criminalizing Sex Trade Hindering HIV/AIDS Response In India

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, journalist Michelle Chen examines efforts to combat HIV/AIDS among sex workers in India, highlighting “various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation,” which she says reflect “a deeper culture of oppression that sex workers face around the…

USAID Launches Program Aimed At Empowering, Educating Women In Afghanistan

USAID “is launching a program to educate, train and empower at least 75,000 women between the ages of 18 to 30 in Afghanistan,” the Associated Press/Huffington Post reports. “The goal of the five-year program is to strengthen women’s rights groups, boost female participation in the economy, increase the number of…

Providing Safe Meals To Children In India Presents Challenges

India’s cooked midday meal (CMDM) program, which has “reduced child hunger and increased school enrollment, particularly among less privileged social classes,” “is being viewed more critically this week, after meals tainted by pesticides killed 23 students and sickened many others at a school in Bihar state,” Washington Post foreign affairs…

Devex Interviews President Of Foundation Promoting mHealth Model In India

“To promote development in India, [USAID] is increasingly pushing small-scale and low-cost innovation there,” Devex reports, adding, “One of these affordable solutions is Project Vikalp, an integrated family planning e-health care model by the U-Respect Foundation that aims to bring about high contraceptive prevalence rates among India’s populous rural communities”…

Humanitarian Groups Continue Assistance To North Korea Despite Sanctions, Report Says

“International humanitarian groups are continuing their assistance to North Korea despite sanctions imposed on the North for its nuclear test early this year, a report said Wednesday,” Yonhap News Agency reports. “North Korea was slapped with tougher U.N. sanctions earlier this year for conducting a satellite launch in December and…

At Least 22 Children Die After Eating Contaminated Free School Lunch In India

Within hours of eating a free school lunch apparently contaminated with a deadly insecticide, at least 22 children were dead and dozens of others hospitalized in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar on Tuesday, the New York Times reports (Harris/Kumar, 7/17). “The focus of the investigation is on the oil…