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Breastfeeding more crucial in emergencies

BANGKOK, 13 November 2009 (IRIN) - A recent spate of natural disasters in Asia has further underscored the importance of breastfeeding during emergencies, with a need for additional policies to support this.


Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 16:16 )


Maternal mortality rates "not making sufficient progress"

MANILA, 24 March 2009 (IRIN) - Thousands of Filipino women continue to die due to complications related to childbirth, according to health specialists.

A study by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the State of the World Population 2008, states that 230 women die for every 100,000 live births, compared with 110 in Thailand, 62 in Malaysia and 14 in Singapore.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 October 2010 19:25 )


Poor squeezed by high prices, food shortages

MANILA, 6 May 2008 (IRIN) - "This is a big help,” says 35-year-old Leonardo Zafra, a security guard at a small inn in Manila, after a customer hands him a 20 peso (50 US cent) tip. The 260 pesos he receives for 12 hours of work each day is hardly enough to support his family of six in Rizal, a nearby province. He spends 60 pesos a day commuting, and spends the rest on school expenses, utilities and food.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 October 2010 19:22 )