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Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…

UNICEF Calls For Investment In African Children

Humanosphere: Booming African population leads UNICEF to call for more investments in children Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that supports the prioritization of investing in children’s health, education, and protection to achieve economic benefits in Africa (8/22).

Laws Banning Child Marriage Are ‘Starting Point’ For Change

Center for Global Development’s “Views From The Center”: Does Banning Child Marriage Really Work? Matt Collin, a CGD postdoctoral fellow, and Theodore Talbot, a CGD research associate, examine data on marriage ages and argue that “a global ban [on child marriage] can only be the starting point of our collective…

Politics Will Not Interfere With Health Policy, India’s Health Minister Says

Business Insider: Politics Will Not Come In Way Of Health Policy: Harsh Vardhan “[India's] Health Minister Harsh Vardhan [Thursday] said that politics would not affect the health program and policies of the country. ‘For the health of the nation, the health of government departments needs to be improved. I will…

3 MDG Fund To Help Boost Myanmar’s Health Care Services

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Myanmar to boost health care services with 3 MDG Fund “Myanmar will boost its health care services with the help of Three Millennium Development Goals (3 MDG) Fund, according to the Ministry of Health Friday. By using 300 million U.S. dollars provided by the 3 MDG Fund, Myanmar will…

Children, Youth Must Be Focus In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Put Children and Youth First in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages-USA “…The Post-2015 Development Agenda must call on ALL countries to ensure children and families in need have access to the social and medical services necessary to overcome life’s challenges. It must…

Anti-Polio Campaign Faces Challenges As Conflict Escalates In Afghanistan

Reuters: Amid Afghanistan’s escalating war, a battle to beat polio “Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children…” (Mahr/Harooni, 8/21).

Despite Anti-Child Marriage Law, India Home To One In Three Child Brides Globally

Inter Press Service: India: Home to One in Three Child Brides “…A recent United Nations report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ found that, despite the existence of a stringent anti-child marriage law, India ranks sixth among countries with the highest prevalence of child marriages across the globe…”…

Charity:Water Kicks Off Campaign, Shows Water Issue Is Women’s Issue

Huffington Post: Proof That The Clean Water Crisis Is A Women’s Issue “To kick off its campaign for change, nonprofit group Charity:Water has released a new short film on the dearth of clean water in the Sahel — ‘one of the harshest places to live in the world’ — and…

USAID Working To Accelerate MDG Progress For Women, Children

Huffington Post: 500 Days Until the MDG Deadline: Accelerating Progress for Women and Children Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID “…USAID is working in support of Every Woman Every Child to end preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035. We have sought to accelerate progress toward the…