Tag Archives: children

Three horrific stories of abuse of women and children abroad raise a disturbing question

Three horrific stories involving the abuse of women and children abroad have featured in our newspapers in the last couple of weeks. First was the report that witch doctors are abducting children in Uganda for the purpose of child sacrifice. The ritual, which some believe […]


How guilty is the West in the missing millions of girls?

Blogging last week about the impact of sex selective abortion in Asia, I speculated on the cultural and socio-economic factors that were leading families to use ultrasound and other in-utero screening technologies to identify girl children and have them aborted. Little had I (or many […]

Vaccines and politics – is it worth investing in global vaccination programmes?

Today in London the UK is hosting an international conference that aims to raise £2.3 billion ($3.7 billion) for vaccination programmes worldwide through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). David Cameron is co-chairing the event with Bill Gates, and has spoken passionately about […]

Paying less for vaccines – marketing strategy or an answer to prayer?

The giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced it will be making its Rotarix rotavirus vaccine available at a discount to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI). Rotarix is vital in protecting against diarrhoeal diseases that kill more than half a million children […]


Unless we reverse demographic trends the generation that killed its children may well be killed by its children

Low fertility rates and an ageing population will present Europe with a big economic challenge. This was one of the points made in a study published by the European Commission at the start of the month. The ‘Third Demography Report’ found that the number of children per […]