WP: Experts turn focus on preemie birth rate in developed world; US worse than most –Premature birth in Western countries is already a delicate situation that requires a large amount of care so that the children can survive. In the developed world, premature birth rates are even worse, and children do not have the specialty care that saves millions of lives each year after a premature birth. (AP)
NYT: A Global Shift in Foreign Aid, Starting in India – As developing countries begin to rise and make tremendous progress, many countries are wondering at what point they should cut off aid. Recently, Britain decided to stop providing aid to India by 2015. But while their economy may be booming, many warn that the rampant poverty across the country is still a sign that help is needed. (Niharika Mandhana)
The Economist: It doesn’t take a village – There’s no question that needs in developing nations should be addressed on a localized basis, but amidst corruption, theft and fraud, reports are warning that stronger accountability and transparency is still needed before channeling development aid directly to local decision makers.
CNN: Clouds on horizon for African tobacco farmers – As the World Health Organizations meets together to discuss trade restrictions on tobacco products, farmers in countries like Malawi who rely on the plant as their only source of income are worried that the outcome of such a decision without their input may put their entire lives in danger. (Errol Barnett and Teo Kermeliotis)