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China’s One-Child Policy Promotes Human Rights Abuses

Noting “China is relaxing its 34-year-old one-child policy, which prohibits most families from having more than one child,” to allow “[p]arents who themselves do not have siblings … to have two children,” blogger Max Fisher writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, “The policy is controversial for a number of…

USAID Working To Help Philippines After Typhoon

“While nothing can undo the damage wrought by [Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines], the U.S. government has mounted a swift, large, and coordinated relief effort using all of the tools at our disposal, with USAID leading that humanitarian response,” Jeremy Konyndyk, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance,…

News Outlets Examine Global Fund’s Suspension Of Contracts With 2 Bednet Suppliers

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended contracts with two international firms that supplied mosquito bednets over ‘serious financial wrongdoing’ in Cambodia,” The Guardian reports. “Contracts with Vestergaard Frandsen and Sumitomo Chemical Singapore were suspended on Thursday pending a full review after a two-and-a-half-year investigation,” the…

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Bringing Closure Of ‘Model’ Hospital

“By next month, there will be no more doctors at the clinic once deemed a model for Afghanistan,” as “its [U.S.] funding [is] depleted and the Afghan government [is] unable to provide support,” the Washington Post reports. “As the United States’ longest war winds down, hundreds of aid projects are…

Progress Made In Delivery Of Aid To Philippines, But Challenges Remain

“With substantial progress in opening up airports and clearing roads in typhoon-hit regions of the Philippines, United Nations agencies and partners are scaling up their support of government efforts to provide relief, but a major fuel shortage is hampering access to millions of affected people,” the U.N. News Centre reports…

China To Relax One-Child Policy For Some Families

“China will ease family planning restrictions nationwide, the government said on Friday, allowing millions of families to have two children in the country’s most significant liberalization of its strict one-child policy in about three decades,” Reuters reports (Sui-Lee/Li, 11/15). “The new change says that if either parent is an only…

Doctors, Officials In Philippines Brace For Potential Health Threats In Wake Of Typhoon

“The aftermath of the Philippines typhoon is now threatening the country with outbreaks of debilitating and potentially fatal diseases, including some thought to have been nearly eradicated, because of a collapse in sanitation, shortages of fresh water and the inability of emergency health teams to respond quickly in the week…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 30 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue examines efforts to improve prevention, treatment and care for tuberculosis for poor garment workers in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh ranks within the top 10 of the 22 countries considered…

Preventing Childhood Diseases In India Must Be Prioritized

“As India celebrates Children’s Day [on Thursday], the frightening UNICEF statistic that 1.4 million children under five die every year in this country, the vast majority of them from preventable diseases, should not be forgotten,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College in Vellore,…

U.N., Partners Intensify Humanitarian Aid Efforts In Philippines Amid Logistical Challenges

“As the magnitude of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan unfolds in the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners are mounting a massive humanitarian operation, battling heavy rains, blocked roads and damaged airstrips and seaports to reach millions across the region desperate for food, water and other basic necessities,”…