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Officials Urge Burmese Government To Allow Aid Into Rakhine

VOA News: U.N., U.K. Call for Burma to Allow Humanitarian Aid into Rakhine “The U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Burma is urging the government to allow foreign aid workers to return to Rakhine state. The workers were evacuated last month because of ethnic unrest, but the U.N. warns…

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Family Planning Law

News outlets report on the Philippine Supreme Court’s passage of a controversial family planning law. Agence France-Presse: Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law “Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved…

India Marks 10 Years Of Cost-Free ART Program

LiveMint: Govt HIV treatment program completes 10 years “India completed 10 years of the free antiretroviral treatment (ART) program for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients, now covering 768,000 people. While the first HIV case in India was detected in 1986, about 2.1 million Indians are now living with the AIDS…

Crucial Civilian Aid ‘In Jeopardy’ In Afghanistan

Foreign Policy: Let Me Down Easy Anja Manuel, partner at Rice Hadley Gates LLC and lecturer at Stanford University, and Justine Isola, associate at Rice Hadley Gates LLC “…Since the war in Afghanistan began more than a decade ago, U.S. civilian aid to Afghanistan has largely — if unintentionally –…

Gates, Tahir Foundations, Others To Form Indonesia Health Fund

News outlets report on the planned establishment of the Indonesia Health Fund, aimed at helping to expand health care access in the country. Jakarta Globe: Bill Gates to Visit Jakarta for New Health Fund “Microsoft founder Bill Gates will visit Jakarta on April 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding…

Financial Disclosures Of One-Child Policy Violation Fines Might Help End Chinese Policy

Bloomberg View: The Real End of China’s One-Child Policy Adam Minter, a writer and author based in Asia “…On Thursday, a court in Guangzhou ruled that the Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province — China’s most populous — must disclose the specifics of its own [one-child policy violation fine] data…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

India Looks To Eliminate Measles Following Success With Polio

NPR: After Ending Polio, India Turns To Stop Another Childhood Killer “…On Thursday, health officials declared India — and the entire Southeast Asia region — free of polio. … It also means that India, for the first time, has the tools and infrastructure to tackle other childhood diseases. At the…