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In Typhoon-Hit Philippines, Efforts To Protect Women, Improve Health Care Inadequate, Officials Say

“A new effort to protect women from rape and help them deliver babies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains troubled and inadequate, the United Nations and international aid groups said this week,” the New York Times reports. “The effort, loosely coordinated among more than a dozen developed countries, aid groups and the United Nations, is aimed at assisting 65,000 women deemed at risk of sexual assault and an estimated 1,000 women giving birth a day in regions ravaged by the typhoon in November,” according to the newspaper. “The United States has not pledged any money to [a UNFPA] effort, but Nancy Lindborg, the assistant administrator for democracy, conflict and humanitarian assistance at [USAID], said the agency insisted that programs that are part of its $30 million in disaster aid to the Philippines show that they are incorporating measures to protect women,” the newspaper notes and includes comments from several government and non-profit representatives (Wheaton/Bradsher, 12/10).