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Pakistan, Afghanistan Launch Polio Vaccination Campaigns

Reuters: Pakistan launches countrywide polio eradication drive “Pakistan launched a nationwide polio vaccination drive this week to reach 38.7 million children and eradicate the paralyzing and potentially deadly virus in one of the last countries where it is endemic…” (Hassan et al., 4/9). Xinhua News: Anti-polio campaign starts as fresh…

Blog Post Discusses Importance Of State-Sponsored Social Services For Children With Disabilities In Kazakhstan

Open Society Foundations’ “Voices”: Kazakhstan’s Neglected Children Aigul Shakibayeva, a disability rights activist and grantee of the Open Society Foundations, discusses the importance of supporting children with disabilities in Kazakhstan, including through social services. Shakibayeva writes, “[S]upporting children with disabilities so they can enjoy their human rights is what our…

NGOs Express Concern Over Potential Further Cuts To Australia’s Foreign Aid

Devex: Is the Australian Aid budget being cut again? “With a little over a month until the 2018 budget is released in Canberra on May 8, new concern has been raised that Australia’s aid budget may be reduced by 10 percent, or 400 million Australian dollars. The Department of Foreign…

Media Outlets Examine Programs Helping Rohingya Refugees Receive MCH, Palliative Care

The Guardian: Young lives hang by a thread as past haunts Rohingya mothers “…In November, the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, warned that one in four Rohingya children in Bangladesh were severely malnourished. … [I]n times of crisis, when breastfeeding becomes even more important for children, women can struggle to produce…

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