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Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Access To Toilets, Sanitation

Foreign Policy: It’s Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets Lauren Bohn, multimedia journalist and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted The Guardian: Snakebites, diarrhea, and violence: why India’s rural women need toilets Seren Boyd, writer for Toilet Twinning Huffington Post: It’s Time to Break the Silence on Sanitation and…

India Should End Mass Sterilization, More Strongly Regulate Pharmaceutical Industry

New York Times: India’s Lethal Birth Control Editorial Board “…India persists in a cruel strategy of bringing down birthrates through mass female sterilization. … Thirteen women died shortly after undergoing tubal ligations on Nov. 8, in what in India is called a ‘sterilization camp.’ … Faced with public outrage, Prime…

Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Clean, Safe Toilets In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The Spirit of Swachh Bharat: Safe Sanitation for Women and Girls Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the lack of clean and safe toilets in India, the impact on women and girls, and a citizen movement…

Experts, Activists Call For Stricter Regulation Of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry After Sterilization Deaths

Financial Times: Sterilization tragedy highlights India’s bad-drug crisis “…While final forensic results are still awaited, Indian drug industry executives and health activists say the questions over the medicine distributed at the sterilization camp [where 13 women died last week] highlights the urgent need for tougher regulation of India’s domestic pharmaceutical…

Complications From Preterm Births Leading Cause Of Death Among Children Under Five, Study Shows

News outlets report on a recent study showing complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of mortality among young children worldwide. The Guardian: Complications from preterm births now the main killer of under-fives “Complications associated with preterm births have become the leading single killer of children under five, outpacing…

Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…