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January 6, 1991
In spite of the grim facts and statistics you reported in your article "Holes Seen in Safety Net for County's Children" (Dec. 20), I am glad you gave them the coverage and space they deserve. As a volunteer who spent many hours working on last September's "Candlelight Vigil for Children" to herald the first World Summit for Children, I stand firmly behind our government keeping its commitment to all the world's children, including those in Orange County. We must continue to build "a constituency for children" to monitor our government's program on the seven goals for children to be reached by the year 2000.
September 15, 1988
Szulc concludes that better quality of life will be achieved through the grass-roots efforts of rural Indians themselves. I share this view and would like to see more of our own development aid directed toward helping the poor to help themselves. UNICEF's work provides an inspiring example. When parents are mobilized to help their own children, as in UNICEF's worldwide immunization campaigns, they witness the link between immunization and the health of their children, between truly generous outside help and the improvements they can make in their own lives.
November 3, 2013
Re "Afghan projects may lose oversight," Oct. 30 The article overlooks Afghanistan's development progress as it breezes over USAID's rigorous oversight of our projects worldwide. In the last 10 years, Afghans have seen a 20-year increase in life expectancy and a 62% decrease in child mortality. A decade ago, female education was banned in Afghanistan. Now, almost 3 million girls attend school. Americans can be proud of their contribution to those achievements. Furthermore, allegations of widespread waste and mismanagement are unfounded.
December 20, 2007 | Charles Piller and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
In a statement posted on its website, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has challenged portions of a Los Angeles Times article about Global Fund efforts in Africa. The Times report, published Sunday, said the Global Fund and other programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have had a mixed effect on key measures of societal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
July 22, 1986
It was hard to keep from crying after reading Marjorie Miller's sad article (July 7) about the economic problems the people of Nicaragua are suffering. I remember well how, only a few years ago, the whole world looked at what was happening in Nicaragua as a model for developing nations. Child mortality was lessened. Illiteracy was fading away. Somewhere in the midst of this progress the United States decided because democracy, as we know it, wasn't being practiced--and because Cubans and Soviets were in the area--the social strides made by the Sandinistas were invalid.
December 2, 2012 | Malcolm Potts; Gopi Gopalakrishnan; J. Joseph Speidel; Kirsten Thompson; Leona D'Agnes; and Joan Castro; Martha Campbell; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani; William N. Ryerson; Carl Pope; John F. May; and Rajiv Shah
Hunger. Environmental degradation. Political instability. These were among the consequences of rapid global population growth documented in a five-part series in The Times in July. Now, Opinion has invited leading scholars to consider what, if anything, people and governments can do to address the issue. In the brief essays that follow, Malcolm Potts from UC Berkeley sets up the situation we are facing, and population experts from around the globe explain some of the approaches they've seen work -- and the reasons others have not. The series, by Times staff writer Kenneth R. Weiss and staff photographer Rick Loomis, can be found at
December 16, 2007 | By Charles Piller and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
A neighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual. Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the roach-infested maternity ward of Queen Elizabeth II, a crumbling sprawl that is the largest hospital in Lesotho, a mountainous nation of 2.1 million people surrounded by South Africa. Nyoba, 30, whose given name means "mother, have hope," has AIDS.
September 27, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed Wednesday on the need to work jointly to fight narcotics trafficking, terrorism and a resurgent Taliban, and on the necessity of international help with energy needs, a White House official said. The two, in New York for the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, met for about 30 minutes at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Bush used the session for an update on conditions in Afghanistan six years after the U.S.
May 2, 2008 | James Hohmann, Times Staff Writer
Responding to skyrocketing global food prices, President Bush asked Congress on Thursday for $770 million in emergency foreign aid targeted at the neediest in the developing world. The announcement was welcomed on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) promised that Congress would "respond rapidly to the growing urgent need for international food assistance."
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