The Daily Impact: US becomes popular place for foreigners seeking surrogate pregnancies

July 7, 2014 The New York Times reports on the foreign couples that are heading to the US so that someone can carry out a pregnancy on their behalf. An excerpt: While babies through surrogacy have become increasingly common in the United States, with celebrities like Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jimmy Fallon openly […]

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The missing piece in Haiti’s fertility puzzle

Haiti's national men's soccer team at practice. (Credit: Agencia Brasil via Wikimedia Commons)

Two years ago we started a project which focuses on men and family planning. The idea is simple: if we train men in an environment in which they are comfortable, and where they are among other men like them, they begin to listen, they begin to talk and they begin to learn. And we have been able to prove that our theory works.

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The Daily Impact: UN forced to cut food rations in Africa due to funding shortfall

July 2, 2014 Funding difficulties, compounded by security and logistical problems in some countries, have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia, particularly in children. From the release: Addressing government representatives at a meeting in Geneva, World Food Programme […]

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The Daily Impact: Egypt backtracks claim that device can cure AIDS

June 30, 2014 Egypt’s military said Saturday that devices it claimed it invented to detect and cure AIDS and hepatitis C need six more months of testing. From the AP: The army had earlier promised to reveal the technology to the public this coming Monday after making what experts dismissed as an outlandish claim last February. […]

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The Daily Impact: Global humanitarian spending hits record high

June 25, 2014 The $22 billion in global contributions for humanitarian emergencies last year was a new record, says Development Initiatives. From the Guardian: Donations from governments reached $16.4bn (£9.63bn) last year, a 24% rise from 2012 figures, says research group Development Initiatives(DI). Private donations – from corporations, foundations, individuals and trusts, usually in response to natural […]

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